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Berlin today. Toronto, London or Tokyo tomorrow?

In our dual degree programmes, you can earn two degrees in half the time. Find out about the requirements and how to apply.

Embarking on an international master’s programme at the Hertie School is rewarding on its own. Now imagine studying at two distinguished universities, experiencing two rich cultures and earning two degrees. MPP and MIA students can spend one year at the Hertie School in Berlin and another at one of our seven dual-degree partner institutions.

The application process can vary depending on the programme, so here’s a breakdown of the different requirements.

“Fixed-track” dual degrees and how to apply

Some of our dual degrees only require one application. You must apply for these before you begin your studies:

Even more dual degrees…

We also accept applications for dual-degree programmes with the following universities from current first-year Hertie School students only:

  • Bocconi University, Milan (MIA and MPP)
  • Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (MPP)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (MPP)
  • School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York (MIA and MPP)

In their first year, all students will receive more information from our International Office and Student Life team, who forward these applications to our institutional partners. If you’re admitted, you’ll spend your second year abroad. You can apply for up to two dual degrees and two semester exchange programmes at the same time.


Regardless of the programme, dual-degree students follow the same curriculum structure as regular MPP/MIA students for either the first or second year. For example, after your first year in the dual MPP with Sciences Po in Paris, you’ll follow the Hertie School’s second-year MPP curriculum for your final year in Berlin. If you start the Munk School dual degree in Berlin, you’ll follow the first-year Hertie School MIA curriculum and write your thesis at the University of Toronto in your second year.

Frequently asked questions

Two years can go by in a flash. If you’re a very motivated, ambitious student who doesn’t mind adapting quickly to new environments, a dual degree could be the right fit for you. It offers a great opportunity to study at two excellent universities and allows you to obtain two degrees at a fraction of the cost and time. But it also involves more planning, so take some time to think carefully about it.

If you have any questions about our dual-degree programmes and the application process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org. We’re happy to jump on a one-on-one call to go through all the details with you!

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