How to Apply to the Masters Programmes

Step 1 | Create an Online Account and complete the Online Application Form

Step 2 | Upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Motivation (2 pages maximum)

  • Official academic transcript(s)

  • English proficiency certificate (for non-native English speakers)

Step 3 | Contact your two Referees for Letters of Reference

Step 4 | Submit your Application

For more information please read the detailed application instructions below and consult our FAQs.

Admission Requirements

You must have completed at least an undergraduate degree (bachelors or equivalent) in order to be admitted. If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree at the time of application, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must complete all of your undergraduate academic course work and exams by 1 September 2017 in order to matriculate.

Application Instructions

1. Create an online account in our applications portal and follow the step-by-step instructions. Fill in the online application carefully and completely, incomplete applications cannot be accepted

2. Upload required supporting documents to online application:

  • Current CV indicating your academic background, work experience, voluntary activities. Please do not include a photo on your CV.
  • Letter of motivation explaining your specific interest in the study programme and how it relates to your professional aspirations. Your letter should be between 500-900 words.
  • Copies of official academic transcripts of all attended universities. Every transcript must include a transcript key (an explanation of the grading system). If not in English, we require a certified translation into English. Hard copies are not required until after acceptance into the programme.
  • Submit copy of English proficiency certificate (for non-native speakers) For more detailed information about which tests are accepted and minimum scores, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions section.

3. Contact two referees for letters of reference.

  • Current students and applicants who graduated from their most recent degree in 2016, 2015 or 2014 must submit two academic letters of reference.
  • Applicants who graduated from their most recent degree in 2013 or 2012 can supply one professional letter of reference in place of one of your academic references.
  • Applicants who graduated from their most recent degree before 2012 may supply two professional letters of reference if no academic references are available.

However, it is in your own best interest to submit academic references wherever possible.
We encourage you to use the Hertie School form, but we also accept references in a letter format. Your letters of reference must be directly submitted by your referees. Referees will not be contacted by the Hertie School of Governance. It is your responsibility to make sure they submit their letters of reference. For information on how referees can submit their letters please see the application portal or our FAQs.

4. Submit your application. An application can be saved and re-visited until it is "submitted". Once submitted, the application will no longer be accessible to the candidate. 

All documents must be submitted in English. Please note we are not able to return any application materials.

Please keep in mind that only complete applications will be evaluated. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure they submit all required documents and that the submitted documents are valid.

There is no application fee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information please consult our FAQs section.

Selection Criteria

All applicantions are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Personal Suitability CV, professional experience, entrepreneurship, international experience, civic engagement. Weight: 40%
  2. Academic Excellence Strength of academic background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification. Weight: 40%
  3. Motivation Convincing motivation to study public policy or international affairs, motivation to study at the Hertie School, overall coherence. Weight: 20%

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The application deadline for the MPP and MIA programmes is:

1 May 2017



Contact the Admissions Team

Phone: +49 (0)30 259 219 -114

Email: grad-admissions(at)