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Master of Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance, Germany

Publish Date: Oct 29, 2015

Master of Public Policy | Key Facts

  • 2-year, full-time program (120 ECTS) in English in Berlin, Germany
  • Concentrations in Policy Analysis or Public Management | Explore the Curriculum - https://www.hertie-school.org/graduate-programmes/mpp/curriculum/
  • Tuition for the entire two-year MPP program at the Hertie School is €29,500 (€7,375 per semester)
  • Career opportunities in federal and local government, think tanks and consultancies, private companies, civil society, and international organizations
  • Access to career services, professional and alumni network

Step 1 | Create an Online Account and complete the Online Application Form

Step 2 | Upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Motivation (2 pages maximum)

  • Official academic transcript(s)

  • English proficiency certificate (for non-native English speakers)

Step 3 | Contact your two Referees for Letters of Reference

Step 4 | Submit your Application

For more information please read the detailed application instructions below and consult our FAQs https://www.hertie-school.org/graduate-programmes/admissions/faqs/.

Admission Requirements

You must have completed at least an undergraduate degree (bachelor's or equivalent) in order to be admitted. If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree at the time of application, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must complete all of your undergraduate academic coursework and exams by 1 September 2016 in order to matriculate.

Application Instructions

1. Create an online account in our applications portal http://application.hertie-school.org/ and follow the step-by-step instructions. Fill in the online application carefully and completely, incomplete applications cannot be accepted

2. Upload required supporting documents to the online application:

  • Current CV indicating your academic background, work experience, voluntary activities. Please do not include a photo on your CV.
  • Letter of motivation explaining your specific interest in the study program and how it relates to your professional aspirations. Your letter should be between 500-900 words.
  • Copies of official academic transcripts of all attended universities. Every transcript must include a transcript key (an explanation of the grading system). If not in English, we require a certified translation into English. Hard copies are not required until after acceptance into the program.
  • Submit a copy of the English proficiency certificate (for non-native speakers) For more detailed information about which tests are accepted and minimum scores, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions section.

3. Contact two referees for letters of reference.

  • Current students and applicants who graduated from their most recent degrees in 2015, 2014, or 2013 must submit two academic letters of reference.
  • Applicants who graduated from their most recent degree in 2012 or 2011 can supply one professional letter of reference in place of one of your academic references.
  • Applicants who graduated with their most recent degree before 2011 may supply two professional letters of reference if no academic references are available.

However, it is in your own best interest to submit academic references wherever possible.
We encourage you to use the Hertie School form - https://www.hertie-school.org/fileadmin/images/Downloads/mpp/Letter_of_Reference.pdf, but we also accept references in a letter format. Your letters of reference must be directly submitted by your referees. Referees will not be contacted by the Hertie School of Governance. It is your responsibility to make sure they submit their letters of reference. For information on how referees can submit their letters please see the application portal or our FAQs.

4. Submit your application. An application can be saved and re-visited until it is "submitted". Once submitted, the application will no longer be accessible to the candidate. 

All documents must be submitted in English. Please note we are not able to return any application materials.

Please keep in mind that only complete applications will be evaluated. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure they submit all required documents and that the submitted documents are valid.

There is no application fee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


If you have a strong motivation to study at the Hertie School, financial constraints should not stand in your way. The Hertie School offers a range of scholarships (tuition waivers) for highly qualified applicants.

Here’s what you need to know before applying:

  • We accept applications and offer scholarships until 1 May.
  • To apply for a scholarship you must complete the financial information section of our online application form and confirm your financial need.
  • Scholarships are allocated on the basis of merit and financial need.
  • About 40% of our students receive scholarships in the form of awards ranging from 7,375 EUR to 29,500 EUR (25% to 100% of tuition fees).
  • Scholarships are granted for the entire period of study (two years).
  • Scholarships are allocated on a rolling basis and you will be informed shortly after the admission offer.
  • On top of our regular scholarship scheme, we additionally offer a number of special full scholarships, such as the Future of Europe and New Perspectives scholarships. To apply for these scholarships, please see the special requirements on the left and make sure to mention your interest in these special scholarships in the online application form.
All applicants are ranked on the basis of the following criteria:
  1. Personal Suitability CV, professional experience, entrepreneurship, international experience, civic engagement. Weight: 40%
  2. Academic Excellence Strength of academic background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification. Weight: 40%
  3. Motivation Convincing motivation to study public policy or international affairs, motivation to study at the Hertie School, overall coherence. Weight: 20%

The ranking of applicants by the Admissions Committee is the basis for the allocation of scholarships for students with financial needs. Financial need is determined on THE BASIS OF whether an applicant is able to finance tuition and living costs from the financial resources at their disposal.

Should you have questions regarding scholarships, please consult our FAQs or contact the admissions team(grad-admissions(at)hertie-school.org).

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