How to Apply for the MPP

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

Step 2 | Upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Motivation

  • Official academic transcript(s)

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

Step 3 | Contact a Referee for an Academic Letter of Reference

Step 4 | Submit your Application

For more information consult our FAQs or read the detailed application instructions below.

Admission Requirements

You must have completed at least an undergraduate degree (bachelors 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 course work and exams by 1 September 2014 in order to matriculate.

Please submit your English proficiency certificate (if applicable) as soon as you receive the results. The certificate must be submitted by 1 June 2014, at the very latest, in order to matriculate. Please see the FAQs for more information on English test requirements.

Application Instructions

1. Create an online account 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 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 public policy, the MPP course at the Hertie School, and how it relates to your professional aspirations. Your letter should be between 500-800 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 programme.
  • Submit copy of 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. The test results are due by 1 June 2014 in order to matriculate.

3. Contact referee for letter of reference. One letter must be written by a professor who can attest to your academic skills. We encourage you to use the Hertie School form, but we also accept references in a letter format. Your letter of reference must be directly submitted by your referee. For information on how referees can submit their letter 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.

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

For more information please consult our FAQs section.



The deadlines for the next MPP Programme beginning in September 2014 are:

  • 1 February 2014: first deadline*

  • 1 May 2014: late applications deadline 

*Students seeking a scholarship are encouraged to apply by 1 February since scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.

International students are also strongly encouraged to apply by 1 February, to have sufficient time to secure a student visa.

Contact the MPP Team

Phone: +49 (0)30 259 219 -114

Email: mpp-applications(at)