Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we receive from prospective students for both Master's programmes.

    Application requirements


Application requirements

What are the application deadlines for the Masters programmes?
The application period for the Masters programmes is 1 October to 1 May.

Admission and scholarships are allocated on a rolling basis. Your chance to be offered a scholarship is higher the earlier you apply.

When can I expect to receive the admission decision?
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The earlier you submit your complete application, the earlier we can provide feedback. The school seeks to admit students with strong applications as soon as possible.

What are the minimum academic requirements to apply to the Masters programmes?
Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (bachelors) of at least six semesters at an institution of higher education. This includes a bachelors obtained from a German "Fachhochschule". Candidates with higher degrees are also encouraged to apply.

Can only students with a certain academic background apply to the Masters programmes?
No. While many applicants have completed their degree in subjects related to public policy and international affairs (i.e. political science, economics, sociology or law), the Masters programmes are open to all academic backgrounds.

Will I need to speak German to be able to study at the Hertie School of Governance?
No. The only language of instruction at the Hertie School of Governance is English.

Which English tests does the Hertie School of Governance accept, what are the minimum scores?

Our TOEFL test school code is 8874. Test results may not be more than two years old.

Short-term study abroad, au-pair home-stays or language school certificates will not be accepted as test replacements.

Can I waive the English test?
Yes. Non-native speakers can waive the English test if they have earned an undergraduate degree at an academic institution, where the official language of instruction is English. Applicants holding only a Master’s degree from an English-speaking graduate school cannot waive the test.

Is work experience required for admission?
No. Work experience is not required; however, relevant work experience (internships, project management, regular job positions, etc.) will be an asset to your application.


Application Process

Can I save and access the application form again?
Yes. You can access and edit your application until you submit. The first time you save your data, you will receive an email with your username and password. You will need this username and password to access your application form again. Please always let us know of any changes to your email address, since all communication is conducted per email.

Can I apply for the both Masters programmes at the same time?
Yes, you are welcome to apply for both programmes. Please note, however, that you can study in only one of the programmes. Should you be offered admission to both programmes you will have to decide which offer you accept. You cannot accept both offers of admission.

Which documents are required for the online application?
Please click here for a complete list of required documents.

How long should my letter of motivation be?
Your letter of motivation should not exceed 2 pages or 900 words. You should briefly sketch your motivation and personal suitabilty for the MPP or MIA programme at the Hertie School.

Which documents must be sent as hard copies via mail?
Upon admission to the programme we will communicate which original documents must be mailed or presented during orientation week.

Can I apply without an undergraduate certificate?
Yes. However, you need to have completed your undergraduate studies by 31 August 2017 in order to be able to register for the programme beginning on 1 September 2017. If you are not yet in possession of your certificate, please indicate on the application when you will receive it.

Which application documents need to be translated into English?
All documents must be submitted in English. Transcripts, degree certificates and/or reference letters originally issued in a language other than English, must be translated by a sworn (court-registered) translator. Personal translations are not accepted. You may contact your local American Embassy or British Consulate for a list of certified translators in your area. Translations must be literal, i.e. grades should not be transferred into other grading systems.

Do documents need to be notarized or have an apostille?
No. Documents do not need to be notarized or have an apostille; however, they should be certified copies from the issuing authority.

Can I apply for the Future of Europe stipend if I have a strong interest in European Governance but am not a citizen of a EU member state myself?
Yes. The Future of Europe stipend is open to candidates from all countries.

Is there a different application or form to apply for the Future of Europe stipend?
If you meet the criteria and would like to be considered for this stipend, please send us an additional essay on the question mentioned on the Future of Europe page of our website (max. 2 page). Please send your essay directly to grad-admissions(at)hertie-school.org with the following subject line: Future of Europe Stipend – your name.

How do I apply for the Hertie School’s dual degree programmes?
Students can only apply for these programmes after enrolling at the Hertie School. You will receive all necessary information on the application process during your first semester at the Hertie School.
However, students wishing to apply for the ATLANTIS dual degree programme need to apply before enrolling at Hertie. For further information please consult the ATLANTIS section of our website.

How do I proceed when I wish to apply for the ATLANTIS Dual Degree programme?
The application process for the ATLANTIS dual degree programme is separate from the Hertie School's regular application process. Students wishing to apply are requested to send their application via email to atlantis(at)hertie-school.org For further details on required documents please check the ATLANTIS section of our website.
If you also would like to be considered as a candidate for one of our Masters programmes, please make sure to submit a separate application.

Is the GRE an application requirement?
No. GRE results are not required; however, we encourage applicants to submit their results if they are taking the test anyway, as it helps us to evaluate the candidates’ profiles.


Letters of Reference

What is the procedure concerning the two letters of reference?
You must contact your referees to have them send us your letter of reference directly to the admissions team.

1. Your referee may directly email us their reference letter to grad-admissions(at)hertie-school.org. from the referee’s institutional email address. The letter must be signed and submitted as a PDF.

2. Your referee may send a signed letter on institutional letterhead directly to our postal address:

Hertie School of Governance
Graduate Admissions
Friedrichstrasse 180
10117 Berlin   
Germany

How many letters of reference do I need to submit?
We require two letters of reference to process your application.
We strongly recommend that you contact your referees as soon as possible to not have any delays in your processing of your application. The letters must then be emailed to the same address as soon as they are available.

  • 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.

Which is the correct format for the letters of reference?
We encourage you to use our reference form,  but it is not required. A reference in the form of a standard letter is also accepted.

Who should write the letter of reference?
Referees should be in a position to assess your performance at university level or your current workplace. Typically, these are university professors/academics who have taught you in the past or direct supervisors.


Financial Aid from the Hertie School

Who is eligible?
All candidates who apply by 1 May.

Do I need to be admitted before I can apply for financial aid?
No. You can apply for financial aid while submitting your application.  To actually receive funds, however, you must be admitted and enrolled at the university.

How are scholarships allocated?
Scholarships are allocated on the basis of merit and need within the pool of admitted students. All applicants are ranked by the Admission Committee 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%]

The ranking of applicants by the Admission Committee is the basis for the allocation of scholarships for students with financial need. We define financial need as the applicant's capacity to finance their living expenses and tuition from their own resources. The amount of financial aid offered to a student is therefore dependent on this capacity.

What is the amount of awards granted?
Each year the Hertie School offers a limited number of scholarships. This year 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% tuition waivers are available.

Tuition waivers do not need to be paid back.  Please note that the tuition waivers do not include living costs. For alternative sources of funding please check the External Funds section.

Do I have to re-apply for a scholarship every year?
Scholarships are granted for the entire period of the master programme (2 years).

How do I apply for Hertie School scholarships?
Simply fill out the 'Financial Information' section in the online application mask.


Other Questions

What is the duration of the Masters programmes at the Hertie School of Governance?
The Masters programmes are two-year programmes, consisting of four academic semesters and one mandatory six-week internship between the first and second year of study. The Hertie School follows the American academic calendar with the fall semester lasting from the beginning of September to mid-December and the spring semester lasting from the beginning of February to mid-May.

Will I be able to participate in the exchange and dual degree programmes as a DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-scholarship holder?
Unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the dual degree programme if you are granted a DAAD Helmut-Schmidt-scholarship. If you want to partake in one of the regular academic exchange programmes, it is important to keep in mind that the payment of the living cost stipend by the DAAD will be put on halt for the duration of your exchange semester. Once you resume your studies at the Hertie School you will continue to receive your regular monthly stipend.

Will I be supported in dealing with German public administrative offices if necessary (questions concerning visas, residence permits, etc.)?
Yes. Our Student Affairs team (studentaffairs(at)hertie-school.org) will offer support in administrative issues such as visa, residence permits, health insurance, etc.

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 our Student Affairs website on housing for more information. 

Does the Hertie School of Governance have a Career Services Centre?
Yes. Our Career Services team supports students in finding internship positions and offers individual coaching sessions as well as application training.

If you did not find an answer to your question above, please contact our admissions team (grad-admissions(at)hertie-school.org).


Contact the Admissions Team

Phone: +49 (0)30 259 219 -114

Email: grad-admissions(at)hertie-school.org