Key facts about the Executive MPA

  • International Executive MPA programme in English located in the heart of Berlin
  • Aimed at highly motivated professionals from the public sector as well as from private and non-profit organisations
  • Flexible programme: Study full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years, extendable to 3-4 years) with curriculum tailored to individual interests and needs
  • Courses taught by renowned international faculty and experienced practitioners
  • Professional exchange with international peers from all sectors and life-long career services
  • International partners and study-abroad opportunities
  • MPA degree
  • 43 days of attendance
  • Tuition: 32,500 euros
  • Loans and scholarships available
  • Annual programme start: September, modular entry possible

Why study public administration at the Hertie School?

  • We offer a unique forum for exchange, learning, and professional development with a diverse cohort of peers
  • Dedicated, international faculty and experienced practitioners
  • Executive MPA participants are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and tools to lead teams and organisations, shape decision-making and manage change in the workplace 
  • The Executive MPA is a springboard for participants who want to take their career to a new level

Flexible curriculum

  • 14 courses in Berlin and one four-day workshop in Brussels or London
  • Combine courses in one- or two-week sessions to reduce the number of trips to Berlin 
  • Choose one of the following concentrations: “Leadership and Management”, “Economics, Finances, Methods” or “Intersectoral Management”
  • Attend courses at leading European partner institutions including ESCP Europe (Executive MBA), Copenhagen Business School (MPG) and University of Bern (Executive MPA) 
  • Conclude your studies with a master’s thesis of high practical relevance
  • 60 ECTS credits

Explore the curriculum


Modular entry

  • Many courses of the Executive MPA programme can be booked individually or in combination as a certificate
  • Credits earned and fees paid for a seminar or certificate can be fully transferred to the Executive MPA programme, as can be seen here in this example
  • Registrations for executive trainings are accepted throughout the year 

Financing and scholarships

  • A number of full and partial scholarships are available for excellent candidates and applicants with specific profiles
  • Tuition fees are fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses in Germany and some other countries
  • Many employers cover tuition fees in full or in part. Contact us for more information about our cooperations with employers 
  • Registered applicants are offered assistance and personal counselling in finding the right financial resources mix. Contact us for more information.

Financing options for executives | Executive MPA scholarships


Participants and alumni

Executive MPA participants come from over 35 countries and have gained professional experience in more than 40 countries. The average Executive MPA participant is 36 years old and has ten years of professional experience. Many study part-time while continuing to work, thanks to the programme’s flexible structure. [more]


How to apply

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • very good higher education degree in any discipline
  • at least two years of relevant work experience (the average is ten years)
  • proficiency in English

Application deadlines:

  • Priority deadline: 15 March (to be considered for the Hertie School’s scholarship programme)
  • Final deadline: 15 August

Programme start in early September

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The selection committee may decide to invite preselected candidates to a phone or Skype interview. Early application is strongly encouraged.