MPP and MPA Programs
Hertie School of Governance
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University: Hertie School of Governance (private University)
Location: Berlin, Germany
Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Degrees Awarded per Year: 96
Academic Unit within University: Hertie School of Governance
Posted Tuition: $41,768.84 CAD total (two-year) program fee for all students (at http://www.hertie-school.org/degree-programmes/mpp/tuition-living-costs/, accessed 29 September 2014)
Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The MPP program offers courses on corporate relations, government affairs in the public, civil society, and private sectors. The programme is intended for students interested in a career in the areas of modern governance, international relations, advanced economics and politics. The curriculum is driven by the five key principles of the school, namely: 1) Interdisciplinarity, addressing "real world" concerns, balancing practical, problem-oriented approaches from various disciplines; 2) Trisectoral Approach (private, public, civil society) to emerging governance models and policy fields, regional, and international levels; 3) Internationality, focussing on the potential of multi-level governance in a globalising world; 4) Practice oriented, emphasizing on applied research, integration of practitioners into teachings, placement of students in outside institutions to grant them exposure to modern governance and policy-making; and finally, 5) Ethics and Leadership responsibility, recognizing that the "common good" requires a deep understanding of the ethical and moral obligations coming with public trust and social responsibility. By combining academic and practice-orientations in teaching and research, the School serves as an ongoing forum for scholarship and politics to interact in new ways.
Summary: In the first semester, MPP students take foundational courses in economics, statistics, public management, governance and policy processes. In the second semester, they deepen their knowledge in the field of political economy, law and governance, while also participating in course projects in collaboration with a public policy institution. Students may choose between concentrations in policy analysis and public management. Policy analysis focuses on quantitative methods such as statistics and econometrics, while public management looks at management tools such as budgeting, performance management or organizational design. After the second semester, MPP students complete a six-week full time internship. In the third and fourth semesters, students select a concentration (either Public Management or Policy Analysis, each of which requires the completion of two courses) and fill the remainder of their requirements with courses chosen from a list of electives, with courses ranging from European and Global Governance, Political Economy, Welfare, Regulation and Innovation to Ethics and Democracy. At the same time, students write their Master Thesis, applying the knowledge, concepts, and tools they have learned to a concrete policy problem, offering a set of policy recommendations.
Note 1: All courses (required and optional), except those related to the thesis are 6 credits. The thesis-related courses are: Thesis Research design, 4 credits; Thesis Colloquium, 4 credits; and Master Thesis, 16 credits. The Summer Internship is 10 credits. The school also offers 10 "Professional Development" courses (each of which carries a weighting of 1 credit, and is denoted in the Course Map below with a (R/30) designation). See Study Plan Class of 2015 at http://www.hertie-school.org/fileadmin/images/Downloads/mpp/Study_Plan_2013.pdf (3 October 2014).
Duration: 2 years (four terms of full-time study, one six week internship).
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 20
Number of Required Courses: 16 (including the Internship and Thesis, the 10 Core Courses, and the two courses in required electives for the concentration of either Public Management or Policy Analysis.
Number of Electives Typically Taken: 4
Number of Courses Offered within Program: 54
Comprehensive Examination: No
Thesis Required: Yes
Internship Required: Yes
International Study Required: Students may go on Academic exchange, and complete their internship abroad. In addition, the school offers dual degrees with several US, European and Asian Universities.
Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree
Professional Development and Career Support: Yes
Student-run Journal: Yes
Applied Projects: Yes
Pro Bono Consulting: No
Courses Offered: The full list of 2014 courses with course descriptions can be found at: http://www.hertie-school.org/fileadmin/images/Downloads/mpp/Course_Directory_for_Spring_2014.pdf and http://www.hertie-school.org/fileadmin/images/Downloads/mpp/Course_Directory_for_Fall_2014.pdf (3 October 2014).
In the Course Map below required courses are indicated by (R). Where the required course has two options, they are both designated with (R/2); where they have six options they are designated with (R/6), and so forth. "Professional Development" courses worth 1 credit, and denoted as (R/30) because two single-credit professional development courses are required. Courses denoted "PM" fulfil the "Public Management" stream. Courses denoted "PA" fulfil the Policy Analysis stream.
Instructional Distribution (PEACO Scores): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.
Source: At http://www.hertie-school.org/aboutus/ and also: http://www.hertie-school.org/mpp/ (accessed 3 October 2014).
Page Created By: Khilola B. Zakhidova on 10 October 2013; updated by Dave Marshall on 29 September 2014 and Ian Clark on 3 October 2014 and by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.
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