Study

FAQs

Studying full- or part-time?

The majority of Executive MPA participants take part in the two-year programme. Because the Executive MPA programme is taught in blocks of two to four days each, it is possible to participate in the programme even if the city you work is in other parts of Germany or even abroad. About 60% of this year's Executive MPA student body lives outside Berlin, some in places as far as Brussels, Moscow, Amman, or New York City.

There are about 46 days of classes in the Executive MPA programme. Students who study while working and who follow the programme over a period of two years should estimate more compulsory attendance time in the first year of the programme, in order to have enough time for the preparation of the Master's thesis in the second year. Some of the blocks include Saturdays, which means that the employers must grant about 38-40 days leave in total (over a period of two years).

Participants may shift from the one-year to the two-year programme and vice versa. It is also possible for enrolled students to apply for a study break or for a prolongation of studies and to complete the programme within three or four years.

Are scholarships available for Executive MPA participants?

The Hertie School of Governance offers a limited number of scholarships and financial aid for especially talented candidates whose profiles add to the quality and diversity of the student body. Many students are also delegated and sponsored by their home institutions, which cover all or part of the costs.

Scholarship funds and financial aid are granted with a view to the quality of the application, the financial need of the applicant, as well as his/her contribution to the diversity of the student body.

The admission procedure is strictly "need-blind" and therefore based solely on the quality and coherence of the application. Scholarship and financial aid applications are only visible to the selection committee in a second stage, in case the applicant has been admitted to the programme.

Applicants should check alternative and/or additional sources to finance their studies at an early stage. Tax advisors should also be consulted for more information about tax-deduction of professional training expenses. In Germany, tuition fees are tax-deductible as professional training expenses.

Language skills and required verification

As the language of instruction at the Hertie School of Governance is English, candidates must be fluent in English.

If a candidate is a native speaker or if he/she can provide proof of a substantial work or study experience abroad, he/she may not have to provide a language test. Short-term study abroad, au-pair home stays or language school certificates will not be accepted as test replacements.

The Hertie School of Governance recognises the TOEFL and IELTS test as well as the Cambridge ESOL CPE and CAE tests. The school code for the TOEFL test is 8874.

Employees of the German Federal Government can also hand in an English test of the Federal Language Agency.

The Executive MPA admission requirements may be met by one of the following scores: TOEFL (PBT 577, CBT 233, IBT 90), IELTS (overall score of 7.0), Cambridge ESOL CPE (A, B, C) or CAE (A, B). Test results may not be more than five years old. 

Candidates can submit their application to the Executive MPA programme, even if their language test is not yet available. However, please note that admission cannot be issued without proof of your language skills. We therefore advise all applicants to submit their results as early as possible.

Will I need to speak German to be able to study at the Hertie School of Governance?

The Executive MPA is an international programme, taught entirely in English, therefore, knowledge of German is not required.

Academic background

Applicants must have completed a higher education degree in any discipline - typically, Executive MPA students have a background in business/economics, law, social science or natural sciences.

Applicants must provide proof of at least 240 ECTS that have been acquired during previous studies (if no ECTS credits have been earned, a minimum of 3-4 years of previous academic studies are required). The recognition of credit points earned outside of a course of a study programme is incumbent upon the admission committee. 

Professional background

The Executive MPA programme is aimed at professionals with at least two years of professional experience (most participants have a work experience of 5-15 years, the average is 10 years). We welcome applications from all sectors (public administration, the private sector as well as the non-profit-sector), as well as professionals who are either preparing a change of sector or are on a sabbatical or parental leave.

What are the living costs in Berlin?

Total costs in Berlin are relatively low compared to other global cities. An estimate of minimum living costs is currently around €800-900 per month. This includes costs for housing (€350), health insurance (€80), transport (€70), and other living costs (€300-400). The sum we quote here is a bit higher than average to help you not underestimate costs.

Will accommodation be provided? Who can I contact should I need help in looking for a place to live?

The Hertie School is located in the center of Berlin and does not have a campus providing student housing. However, the city of Berlin offers ample opportunity for accommodation at relatively reasonable rates. Please see the Student Affairs website on housing for more information. Executive MPA participants who travel to Berlin for the courses will be provided with information on short-term accommodation.

Will I be supported in dealing with the German authorities if necessary (questions concerning visas, residence permits, etc.)?

The Student Affairs office will offer support in administrative issues such as residence permits, health insurance, etc.

Does the Hertie School of Governance have a Career Services Centre?

The Hertie School of Governance assists its students in finding appropriate job opportunities during their studies and after graduation (lifelong service). For more information, click here.

Will there be a support network available after my studies?

Executive MPA graduates will become part of the active Hertie School of Governance Alumni Network which helps students maintain contact after they graduate. Alumni are regularly invited to events at the Hertie School as well as events organised exclusively for Executive MPA students and alumni. Together with the Alumni Representatives, the Hertie School organises an annual Alumni Retreat for the Executive MPA programme. Executive MPA Alumni have also been organising regulars' tables ("Stammtische") in different cities during the past years. Furthermore, staying in touch is made easy with an Executive MPA Alumni mailing list as well as access to a private Student and Alumni Group on LinkedIn.