Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) provides the tools tomorrow’s decision makers need to analyse policies, critically assess policy innovations and evaluate solutions. It is a hands-on programme, giving students not only knowledge but experience they can use to promote good policies in all sectors. The interdisciplinary programme is ideal for individuals who want to understand and get involved in public affairs, learn analytical and managerial skills and help shape tomorrow’s world.

Curriculum of the Master of Public Policy

Build a strong interdisciplinary foundation. Combine theory and practice to understand today’s most pressing public policy problems. Gain the tools needed to analyse and manage policy challenges and to formulate sustainable solutions. Check out the course catalogue.

Semester 1

Semester 2


Semester 3

Semester 4

Meet Albania’s Minister of Education

Besa Shahini (MPP 2009) discusses her educational journey – as refugee, policy student, and now minister.


An international student body

MPP students come from over 50 nations and many academic disciplines and professional backgrounds. The average MPP student speaks 4 languages, holds 2 degrees, has completed 3 internships, and has studied, volunteered or worked in 3 countries. Learn more about them:

Key facts about the Master of Public Policy

  • 2-year, full-time programme (120 ECTS) in English, MPP degree
  • Specialise in policy analysis or management and organisation
  • Integrated professional development: Internship and Professional Year programme
  • Scholarships available  
  • Career services, professional and alumni network
  • Leading international faculty
  • International academic exchanges and dual degrees
  • Tuition: 16,250 euros per year
  • Accredited by ACQUIN

“The practical perspective is what I like the most about the Hertie School. In the MPP, you apply the knowledge that you have learned to real-world cases and in scenarios you encounter in daily life.”

Fiorentina Garcia (Mexico), MPP 2020

“At the Hertie School, I am continually inspired by the sense of urgency and responsibility towards reshaping our society into a better version of what it currently is.”

Joshua Aje (Nigeria), MPP 2020

“The best thing about the Hertie School is the diversity. I loved meeting and studying with people from more than 50 countries. You just learn so much from each other, also outside the classroom.”

Isabella Ringe (Germany), MPP 2020

“The strength of the programme is its structure: It has a really precise core of classes, but at the same time it’s flexible enough that it can be adapted to the different fields of focus that the students are interested in.”

Andrea Giuliani (Italy), MPP 2020

“The Hertie School is a juncture of many different perspectives. I don’t just live in my own point of view but get to know the other realities of my fellow students from all around the world.”

Esteban Calderón (Mexico), MPP 2020

How to apply – a step-by-step guide

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The MPP programme is open to graduates from all disciplines. We are looking for well-rounded applicants with a very good first degree as well as a strong motivation to study public policy. Relevant professional experience, civic engagement and international experience strengthen your application.

To increase your chances of a scholarship or financial aid, you are encouraged to apply by 1 February. Applications are accepted until 1 May.