The application portal: How does it work?

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From 1 October 2022 to 1 May 2023, we will be accepting applications for our Master of Public Policy, Master of International Affairs and Master of Data Science for Public Policy programmes. Successful candidates will start their studies at the Hertie School in September 2023.

So, you've decided to apply to the Hertie School? Fantastic! Now we’ll introduce you to our online portal, through which we process all applications. The portal consists of eleven subpages, which might sound like a lot, but don’t worry – it’s very user friendly! We’ve gathered some helpful tips for you below.

1.    Information

In the Information section, you’ll find the application instructions. Make sure to read the information carefully, and if something is unclear, you can most likely find the answer among our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

2.    Personal information, Education, Professional experience, and Skills

When you continue to the next pages, Personal information, Education, Professional experience, and Skills, it’s important to fill out the information as correctly and carefully as possible. Even though you already provide this information in your CV, it will make it easier for us to review and assess your application.

3.    References

Here you’ll need to supply the contact information of two referees who will support your application. Important: for academic references (such as a professor or lecturer at your university), please only provide the referee’s official university e-mail address. We do not accept Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc. e-mail addresses for academic letters. 

As soon as you submit your complete application, your referees will receive a link via email requesting them to upload a letter of reference on your behalf. Once they have uploaded your letter to the portal, both you and our Admissions team will receive a confirmation e-mail.

4.    Documents

When uploading your documents to the application portal, please do not include any photos of yourself in your application documents. This is because we only assess applications based on your personal suitability, academic excellence and motivation. 

Another thing to remember is to upload all your documents in PDF format and use the suggested file names, which you will also find on that same page.

5.    Financial Information and Scholarships

We know that many of you are interested in applying for full and partial scholarships. On the Financial information and Scholarships pages, you’ll find instructions on how to apply to these, and you can apply for partial scholarships directly in the application form. 

To assess if you are eligible for a scholarship, we also ask you to provide information on your finances, as the scholarships are based on both merit and financial need.

6.    Further information and Submit application

Now you’ve reached the final pages of the application form and you’re almost done! In the Further information section, we are interested in getting to know a little bit more about you and how you got to know the Hertie School. 

If there is anything that you would like to mention or clarify in your application that you don’t think fits in anywhere else, you can add this information under “General comments concerning your application”. 

When you reach the Submit application page, there is only one thing left to do – submit your application!

Last but not least, remember that since admissions are on a rolling basis (for all programmes except the Master of Data Science for Public Policy), the sooner you submit a complete application, the sooner you’ll be notified about your admissions decision. 

If you have any additional questions about filling out the form, reach out to the Admissions team at grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org or register to attend one of our office hours and ask us live.

Good luck with your application!

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