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.
To successfully deal with governance issues in complex settings, public policy leaders need the flexibility and know-how to navigate the public, private, and civil society sectors. A solid understanding of cross-border political challenges is also essential in an era of globalisation. Different actors and their modes of action and interaction on the national, regional, and international levels need to be studied in order to develop solutions to current challenges in public policy.
At the Hertie School, MPP students are exposed to a ‘European take’ on governance. This implies a focus on governance beyond the nation state, as well as on the cooperation of public and private actors in international institutions such as the European Union and the United Nations. Students analyse the political, economic, and legal aspects relevant to the different spheres of politics and society. Apart from being introduced to public policy concepts, students employ management skills and are trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The MPP curriculum is divided into a core curriculum (first year of study) and an advanced curriculum (second year of study). The core curriculum conveys essential knowledge and skills 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 a wide variety of skills relevant to their future careers.