Master in Public Policy

Hertie School of Governance

Program Description

Master in Public Policy

Hertie School of Governance

Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a fulltime study programme for graduates and young professionals who hold at least a bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent). The MPP is taught in English and brings together students from 40 countries. The programme is accredited by ACQUIN.

The Master of Public Policy prepares students for future leadership positions in government, business, and civil society.

It offers analytically-challenging and practice-oriented courses in the areas of governance, policy analysis, management, and leadership. The MPP fosters intellectual growth in a professional, research-intensive environment characterised by public debate and engagement. The School’s services departments assist students in curricula planning, in finding scholarships and securing internships, and in identifying opportunities upon and after graduation.

Teaching at the School follows the Hertie Approach. Its three “I”s form the bedrock of the School's self-understanding and determination:



The Hertie School's teaching and research activities balance a problem-solving approach – based on insights from the social sciences, as well as law and history – with a sound conceptual understanding of underlying patterns and processes of governance and policy-making.


New governance structures and policy fields are developing at the intersections of state, economy, and civil society. With the central focus remaining on the public sector, the School recognises the growing importance of private institutions and models of multi-sector governance.


The Hertie School focuses on the potential of multi-level governance in a globalising world. Located in the centre of Berlin, the School brings together students, faculty, and practitioners from all world regions and forms an integral part in a network of leading policy schools.

The Hertie School continually strives to convey a deep-seated understanding of the ethical and moral basis of leadership, public trust, and social responsibility.


Study program

The MPP curriculum is divided into a core curriculum and an advanced curriculum.

The core curriculum conveys essential knowledge and tools future policymakers need in order to understand and shape public policy. In elective courses chosen during the second year, students apply the acquired policy tools and theories, and they deepen their knowledge in the chosen area of concentration. In addition, the MPP programme seeks to advance students` professional development, acquainting them with skills and tools which are relevant to their future careers.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
2 years
Full time
29,500 EUR
Start date Oct. 2017
Germany Berlin Region
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 29,500 EUR
per year