Executive Master of Public Administration

The Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA) offers a unique forum for exchange, learning, and professional development with a diverse cohort of peers. It is a springboard for participants who want to take their career to a new level. 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. 

Key facts about the Executive MPA

  • International executive programme (MPA degree) 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; 43 days of attendance
  • Professional exchange with international peers from all sectors and life-long career services
  • International partners and study-abroad opportunities
  • Tuition: 32,500 euros - Loans and scholarships available
  • Annual programme start: September, modular entry possible

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Flexible curriculum

  • 14 courses (60 ECTS in total) 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 on 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





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.

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Championing trade in an era of protectionist threats

Hear from our Executive MPA alumni - What drives Riefqah Jappie, Executive MPA 2013, is helping create opportunities through good trade policies.


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

The programme starts 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.