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.

Key facts

  • 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


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

Semester 1

Semester 2


Semester 3

Semester 4

Learn more about recent thesis projects

This short documentary gives you a glimpse of some of the relevant, real world topics that MPP students at the Hertie School of Governance take on. It is a fusion video, covering three individual thesis projects and their application. [more]

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:


Technology to encourage civic participation

Gloria Guerrero (MPP 2017) is Chief Operating Officer of Factico, a technology start-up that develops platforms to promote civic participation and freedom of speech in Mexico. During the 2018 alumni reunion, Gloria shared how she is shaping her community using digital tools. [more]

Apply today

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.