Details at a Glance
The Hertie School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) provides the tools tomorrow’s decision makers need to analyse policies, critically assess policy innovations and evaluate solutions. The programme offers an analytically challenging and problem-oriented education in governance, policy analysis, management and leadership, strengthened by real-world experience in the public and private sectors. It brings together perspectives from economics, political science, law and sociology, and trains students in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Specialise in one area of public policy
Students attend courses in economics, political science, statistics, public management and law.
Programme participants can choose between two concentrations:
- Policy Analysis focuses on analytical methods and tools used to tackle modern governance challenges – such as statistics, econometrics or behavioural economics.
- Management and Organisation explores competences such as strategy, change management and organisational design.
In addition, students complete courses from a wide portfolio of electives to deepen their expertise in a specific policy field. They apply their analytical skills by writing their master's thesis on a concrete policy problem.
Get a head start on your career
Career development and practical training are integrated into the curriculum. In addition to developing soft skills in two professional development workshops, MPP students take a project course in collaboration with a public policy organisation to develop solutions for a real-world policy issue. All Hertie School students must complete a summer internship between their first and second year of study. Those who wish to gain even more work experience may apply for a Professional Year. To help students meet future employers, the school has established relationships with a range of institutions such as ministries, international companies and NGOs.
At the Hertie School, we know that career planning is a lifelong matter. Our dedicated career team is here for you – both during your time at the Hertie School and after you graduate. Schedule a one-on-one career counselling session, and take part in group workshops, alumni panels and other exclusive events.
Want to gain even more international experience? Spend one year at the Hertie School in Berlin and one year at a world-renowned partner institution. At the end of the two-year programme, graduate with a degree from each university. The Hertie School has dual-degree programmes with the following partners for the MPP programme:
- Sciences Po School of Public Affairs
- Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
- Bocconi University
- Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
- London School of Economics
- School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Admission offers and scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Applicants who seek financial aid are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline.
Priority deadline: 1 February
Final deadline: 1 May
What Our Students Say
At Hertie you get the opportunity to meet people in fields that you are interested in, network with them and then build your career from that.Joshua Aje (Nigeria), MPP ‘19
The best thing about the Hertie School is the diversity. I just loved meeting people from 50 countries, just to study. And you learn so much more than just in the classes with them.Isabella Ringe (Germany), MPP ‘19
At Hertie you get the opportunity to meet people in fields that you are interested in, network with them and then build your career from that.
The best thing about the Hertie School is the diversity. I just loved meeting people from 50 countries, just to study. And you learn so much more than just in the classes with them.