Tuition & Living Costs


Tuition for the two-year MPP and MIA programmes at the Hertie School is currently €32,500 (€8,125 per semester). Applicants can apply for scholarships in the form of full or partial tuition waivers.

This tuition rate applies to the class entering in September 2017.

Tuition Deposit

€1500 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.

Because admission is allocated on a rolling basis, 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.

Below is a table charting the payment deadlines according to application dates.

Application dateTuition deposit due
01.10.2016 – 30.11.201615.02.2017
01.12.2016 – 31.01.201715.04.2017
01.02.2017 – 31.03.201715.05.2017
01.04.2017 – 01.05.201715.06.2017

In case of questions regarding payment, please email the admissions team at grad-admissions(at) or contact studentaffairs(at)

Other fees

1.) Campus fee

All matriculated students, including doctoral students, must pay the campus fee of currently €293.80 per semester. The campus fee includes:

  • Service fee of  €100. The service 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 (fall semester 2016). The price for the ticket will slightly increase in the following semesters.

2.) Administrative fees

  • For 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 EUR is charged is charged to cover the additional costs caused by the leave of absence.
  • For 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 EUR 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.

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 per month.

Estimated living costs 

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

Please refer to your Study Agreement for more detailed information, including payment deadlines. In case of emergency or problems with money transfers please contact the admissions team.