International Programmes 2019/2020

Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA) Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA)

Hertie School of Governance • Berlin

Master of Public Administration
Teaching language
  • English

English is the official language of instruction at the Hertie School of Governance. Students do not need to be able to speak German.

Programme duration
2 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
The Executive MPA programme starts in September of each year.
Application deadline

1 May 2020: priority deadline for scholarships
15 August 2020: late application deadline

The programme starts in early September. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The selection committee may decide to invite pre-selected candidates to a phone or Skype interview. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Please also check our website:

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

The tuition fee for the programme is 32,500 EUR, regardless of whether it is completed in one or two years (two-year programme: 8,125 EUR per semester; one-year programme: 16,250 EUR per semester).

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The Executive MPA at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany is a practice-oriented, international and flexible programme aimed at highly motivated mid-career professionals working in and around the public sector, civil society and international organisations that seek to acquire the tools and knowledge needed to address current and future challenges facing the public sector and public administration. The programme is tailored to the busy schedules of working professionals and can be completed either full-time (one year) or part-time (two to four years).

A core set of modern theories of governance and management combined with a broad choice of electives and hands-on trainings equips participants with the skills needed to lead, shape decisions and manage change. The curriculum includes courses from a wide range of topics, such as digitalisation, behavioural economics, data science and organisational design. Our programme provides participants with the opportunity to further develop their skills in a unique forum for exchange, learning, and professional development with a diverse cohort of peers, a dedicated, international faculty and experienced practitioners. By working on real life cases, participants gain transferable knowledge and develop hands-on management and leadership skills.

Students choose one of the following three specialisations:

Leadership and Management

Economics, Finances, Methods

Intersectoral Management

Participants also complete skills courses in subjects, such as negotiation training, conflict management, consulting or leading teams. They gain additional insights in a four-day workshop in Brussels or London.

Course organisation

The Executive MPA can be studied full-time in one year or part-time in 2-4 years.

The programme consists of 43 days of attendance. Courses take place in blocks of two or three days each. The block system makes it possible for professionals who live outside of Berlin, outside of Germany, or even outside of Europe to study part-time.

Core programme

The governance module familiarises participants with policymaking concepts and analyses the roles and impact of key actors in the emergence of intersectoral and European networks. Courses provide insight into governance and decision-making processes, including how to design, lead and grow organisations.

In the management module, participants gain an overview of strategic and performance management, financial management, leadership and human resource management. The module focuses on the underlying theories as well as fields of application and reform trends.

Elective programme

Participants choose from a wide variety of electives to fit their individual needs and interests.

Electives in Leadership and Management equip managers with the concepts and tools to increase an organisation’s performance, to foster change and innovation, to implement anticorruption policies, and to tackle the challenge of digital transformation.

The Economics, Finances and Methods electives offer an introduction into micro- and macroeconomics as well as quantitative methods, fiscal challenges and decision analysis. For those managing partnerships across sectors or policymaking bodies,

Intersectoral Management electives shed light on politics of management. Courses cover topics as political communication, social innovation, sustainability, or conflict prevention.

Professional development

Skill trainings strengthen competences in negotiation, conflict management, leadership, foresight analysis, design thinking, and the management of transformation and innovation projects.

The Brussels workshop familiarises participants with the European decision-making, meeting high-level representatives from European institutions, associations, NGOs and companies.

The London workshop gives students a chance to look at Anglo-Saxon public management practices while examining the work of UK ministries, and to discern the applicability of these practices for continental European administrative cultures.

Master’s thesis

In their Master’s theses, participants apply the theoretical knowledge they have learned to a relevant topic for their current or future occupation. They present their thesis findings in a poster exhibition.

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Types of assessment

Types of assessment include exams, the Master's thesis, research papers, memos, oral presentations, etc.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Content-related regional focus
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The curriculum includes a four-day workshop in either Brussels or London. Executive MPA participants may also participate in selected courses at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), ESCP Europe, and the University of Bern, thus replacing skills training courses or electives.

Integrated internships

Internships are not an integral part of the programme, but we support students who are interested in an internship at the beginning or the end of their studies.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

The tuition fee for the programme is 32,500 EUR, regardless of whether it is completed in one or two years (two-year programme: 8,125 EUR per semester; one-year programme: 16,250 EUR per semester).

Semester contribution
Approx. 193.80 EUR per semester for the public transportation ticket (mandatory for full-time students)
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
The Hertie School grants a limited number of scholarships and tuition waivers to excellent candidates. Please check out our website for more details:
Academic Admission Requirements

The Executive MPA programme is aimed at highly motivated professionals with proven leadership potential or experience. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

• a very good higher education degree in any discipline

• at least two years of relevant work experience (the average is ten years)

• proficiency in English

Language requirements

As the language of instruction at the Hertie School of Governance is English, candidates must be fluent in English.

If a candidate is a native speaker or if he/she can provide proof of substantial work or study experience abroad, he/she may not have to provide a language test.

Application deadline

1 May 2020: priority deadline for scholarships
15 August 2020: late application deadline

The programme starts in early September. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The selection committee may decide to invite pre-selected candidates to a phone or Skype interview. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Please also check our website:

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All applications need to be submitted via the Hertie School's online application portal:


All questions related to getting started as a student at the Hertie School and getting settled in Berlin can be directed to the Student Affairs Team. They assist admitted applicants with issues such as obtaining external financial aid, health insurance, visa and residency registration as well as accommodation.

You can find more information here:

Career advisory service

Career planning is a lifelong matter. Be it a CV check, internship or "Professional Year" advice, mock interviews, general orientation or decision-making, career coaching at the Hertie School supports students and alumni in all matters of their career development. For more information, please have a look at our website:

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters
  • Welcome event
  • Accompanying programme

Hertie School of Governance

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The average Executive MPA participant is 36 years old and has 10 years of professional experience. Most study part-time. © Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School of Governance is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, accredited by the state and the German Science Council. It prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society. Interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, first-class research and an extensive international network set the Hertie School apart and position it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. Our motto is "Understand today. Shape tomorrow".

The Hertie School of Governance was formally founded as a private, non-profit institution in December 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, becoming the first professional school for public policy in Germany.

Offering programmes that emphasised academic excellence and practical orientation in the reunified capital of Berlin, the Hertie School was, from its start, a unique educational institution in Germany.

The school began by organising panels, symposia and discussions, providing a platform for policy-makers, professionals and practitioners from the media, NGOs and business to engage with academia.

In February 2005, the Hertie School was granted official state recognition and given the authority by the Berlin Senate to award the academic title Master of Public Policy as an institution of higher learning.

The first cohort of students in the two-year Master of Public Policy programme began their studies in September 2005, and the programme has grown considerably each year.

In September 2008, the school launched its second Master's programme: the Executive Master of Public Administration. Together with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB), the Hertie School established the Berlin School of Transnational Studies in 2008.

In 2011, the Hertie School was one of the few private universities in Germany to receive the right to award doctorates. The Doctoral Programme in Governance started in 2012.

The first cohort of the new study programme Master of International Affairs began their studies in 2015.

43 Days of attendance (Executive MPA)
10 Average number of years of work experience (Executive MPA)

University Location

Berlin is like no other...

Germany's capital is a hub for political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond.

Located in the city's “Mitte” neighbourhood, the Hertie School is just minutes away from the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks.

As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the epicentre for political decision-makers and policy debates. It is also a city where history is all around, a fascinating backdrop for studying public policy.

Berlin draws young people from around the world, bringing with them a diverse set of cultures, skills and activities.

Among Berlin’s many assets is its affordability. Housing and general expenses are relatively lower than in many major capitals worldwide. Berlin is especially welcoming for students, with countless special discounts at many venues.

Berlin is known as a very bike-friendly city, thanks to the flat landscape and many cycling paths. Whether on foot, by bike, public transportation or car, life in Berlin is accessible.