Admissions blog

Application tips for MPP, MIA and MDS

You want to join our Master of Public Policy, Master of International Affairs and Master of Data Science for Public Policy programmes in September 2021? Check out our tips for admission and apply today!

We know you may have a lot of questions about the admissions process, so the next few posts on the blog will be dedicated to providing you with some useful tips for various aspects of your application, including:

  • Curriculum vitae – How should it be formatted? What should you include?
  • Letter of motivation – What should you keep in mind for your personal statement?
  • Transcripts – In what language should your transcripts be? What if you haven’t completed your degree yet?
  • Letters of reference – Who should write your reference letters? Where should they be sent?
  • English proficiency test scores (if applicable) – Do you need to submit English test results? What tests do we accept?

We’ll also cover how much weight each document carries in your application, as well as how to ensure you submit a complete application successfully. You can already find a lot of this information in the admissions requirements section of our website, and our Frequently Asked Questions page for MPP, MIA and MDS applicants.

Rolling admissions

Remember that since admissions are on a rolling basis, the sooner you submit a complete application, the sooner you will get notified about your admissions decision. If you’re seeking financial support from the Hertie School, we recommend that you apply by our priority deadline on 1 February, but we do continue to award financial aid up until the final deadlines. Wondering how to apply for financial assistance from the Hertie School? We’ll cover that soon, too, so be on the lookout for that as well!

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  • Katharine Lin, Associate Student Recruitment

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