Tuition and fees

Master of Public Policy | Master of International Affairs


  • Tuition for the two-year MPP and MIA programmes at the Hertie School is currently 32,500 euros (8,125 euros per semester). 

Tuition deposit

  • A 1,500 euros tuition deposit (non-refundable) is required in order to secure a place in the incoming class (MPP and MIA).
  • This payment is part of the first semester tuition.
  • Admission is allocated on a rolling basis, thus the payment deadline for the tuition deposit varies, and is determined by the date of each candidate’s application. 
  • Candidates will be given this deadline in their notification of admission, and will also receive a Study Agreement Form, which must be submitted along with the tuition deposit. 
  • Candidates will typically be notified of admission six weeks before the tuition deposit and the Study Agreement Form are due.

Executive Master of Public Administration


The tuition fee for the programme is 32,500 euros, regardless of whether it is completed in one or two years (2-year programme: 8,125 euros per semester; 1-year programme: 16,250 euros per semester).

Tuition deposit

  • A 1,500 euros tuition deposit (non-refundable) is required in order to secure a place in the incoming class.
  • This payment is part of the first semester tuition.
  • All admitted students will receive further details with their acceptance package.

Executive training

Information about the fees for our executive training can be found on the individual seminar, skills training, workshop or certificate pages. [more]


Doctoral programmes

  • The Hertie School of Governance does not charge tuition for its Doctoral Programme in Governance or the Berlin School of Transnational Studies, but requires that all admitted candidates secure the financial means to support the three-year doctoral programme in Berlin.
  • Applicants can be admitted without a stipend offer, but they need to prove that they have the financial means to support their studies when they start the doctoral programme. These means can come from sources such as third party stipends, paid positions in research or other part-time positions.
  • Please note that candidates who work full-time cannot be admitted to the programme.
  • We therefore ask each candidate to explain their personal circumstances and how they intend to support themselves during the three-year doctoral programme as part of the online application procedure.
  • Because of the limited number of stipends that the Hertie School can offer, we strongly recommend that you prepare an application for a third party stipend when you apply to the Doctoral Programme in Governance.
  • Please note that stipend applications usually need to be submitted 6 months prior to the beginning of the doctoral programme. An offer of admission is often required by the funder.

Other fees

Campus fee

All matriculated students must pay the current campus fee of 293.80 euros* per semester. Part-time students in the Executive MPA pay 100 euros as they are not eligible for a public transport ticket. PhD students pay a reduced campus fee of 278.80 euros.

The campus fee includes:

  • A service fee of 100 euros (PhD students: 85 euros). The fee includes access to all services provided by the ‘Berliner Studentenwerk’ (student cafeterias, university sports, Berlin student counselling), as well as additional on-campus services (psychological support for Hertie students, provision of student business cards at the start of the programme, printer credit).
  • The cost for the Berlin public transport ticket of currently 193.80 euros. The price for the ticket will slightly increase in future semesters.

Administrative fees

  • Leave of absence: After their first year of study, students can interrupt the MPP or MIA programme for up to one year if the study goals are not put at risk. They need to issue a leave of absence request to the Examination Committee. A one-off administrative fee of 300 euros is charged is charged to cover the additional costs caused by the leave of absence.
  • Prolongation of studies: Students who extend their studies beyond the standard duration of 24 months due to a failed assignment or examination shall be charged a one-off administrative fee of 500 euros to cover the additional costs. Students who extend their studies due to illness, pregnancy, or care-giving reasons (childcare, family illness) are exempt from this fee.

*This fee applies for the second semester for full-time EMPA students (1-year track). For the first semester of the full-time EMPA students (1-year track) students pay 293,80 euros. Part-time EMPA students (2-year track) pay 100 euros per semester.



Studying in Berlin

Living costs

Living costs in Berlin are rather low compared to other metropolitan cities, particularly when it comes to housing. The sum we quote here is a bit higher than average to help you not underestimate costs. An estimate of minimum living costs is currently around 800 euros per month.

Estimated living costs

  • Health insurance: 80 euros
  • Housing: 350 euros
  • Other living costs: 370 euros
  • Total estimated living costs per month: 800 euros

Student jobs

Where to look for a student job

Hertie School Connect lists information and links to vacancies and professional development opportunities. Any current student job openings at the Hertie School itself will also be listed here.

Here are a few links to other websites listing student jobs:

Legal regulations

With a student job in Berlin you can expect to earn 9 to 11 euros per hour on average.

Students who are enrolled at a German university are allowed to work 120 days full-time or 240 days part-time per year at a maximum of 20 hours per week. Please note that the mandatory internships do not affect the total amount of allowed working hours. 

Given the demanding workload students are strongly advised not to take on more than they can handle in parallel to their academic commitments.

For further details, please visit the following site:

Alternatively, the Student Affairs as well as the Career Services teams at the Hertie School provide students with more information regarding student jobs and employment during their studies.


Student discounts

Berlin is an extremely student-friendly city with student discounts available for public transportation, the city’s rich cultural offerings (theatre, museums, cinema etc.) and more. Most banks offer special accounts for students and the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) gives students access to over 41,000 discounts in 120 countries. Find more information about these student discounts and other tips on Moodle.