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MPP and MPA Programs

Hertie School of Governance 

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Program Summary


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, accessed 29 September 2014)

Concentration/Curriculum OverviewThe 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.  

 Degree Requirements

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 (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: and (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 and also: (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.

Hertie School of Governance CourseMap
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  Public Management I (R)
  Public Management II (R/2)
  Managing Strategic Change
  The Use of Voice in Public Services: Concepts & Instruments (PM/10)

 Economic Analysis for Public Management

  Applied Economic Analysis (R/2)
  Economic Policy: Theory & Practice (R/2)
  Behavioural Economics & Experimental Policy Analysis (PA/2)

 Quantitative Methods for Public Management

  Statistics I (R)
  Statistics II (R/2)
  Introduction to Collaborative Social Science Data Analysis
  Applied Panel Econometrics (PM/10)
  Categorical & Time Series Data Analysis (PM/10)

 Analytic Methods

  Organizational Failure (PM/10)
  The Logic of Qualitative Research
  EXCEL Basic (R/30)
  EXCEL Advanced (R/30)
  Introduction to MS Project (R/30)

 Leadership Skills

  Power & Influence: Leadership in Action (PM/10)
  Teambuilding & Leadership (R/30)
  Negotiation Training (R/30)

 Communication Skills

  Political Communication & Public Affairs
  Project Course: Stakeholder Communication & Public Affairs (R/7)
  Media Skills (R/30)
  German A1.1 (R/30)
  Digital Communications Skills (R/30)
  Presentation Skills (R/30)
  Rhetoric & Speaking in Public (R/30)

 Professional Practice for Public Management

  Summer Internship (10R/6)
  Thesis Research Design (4R/6)
  Thesis Colloquium (4R/6)
  Master's Thesis (16R/6)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

  The Policy Process: Policy Making in the European Union (R/6)
  The Policy Process: Policy Analysis in a Development Context (R/6)
  The Policy Process: Foreign Policy (R/6)
  The Policy Process in Emerging Market Countries (R/6)
  The Policy Process: Energy Policy (R/6)
  The Policy Process: Modern Media Democracies (R/6)
  Law & Governance (R/2)
  Law, Governance & the Economy (R/2)
  Democratic Innovations & Participatory Governance

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  Political Corruption: Causes, Consequences, and Control
  Corporate Social Responsibility

 Social and Political Context

  Political Economy of Elections
  States & Markets: New Knowledge Economy (R/5)
  Ethnic Politics

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  States & Markets: Politics of International Monetary & Financial Relations (R/5)
  Varieties of Capitalism
  Europe in the World
  From Trade Liberalisation to Transnational Governance
  International Organization & Active Diplomacy
  Project Course: International Conflict Management (R/7)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Methods in Causal Policy Evaluation (PA/2)

 Human Resources Management

  Management of Diversity in Public Administrations (PM/10)
  Human Resource Management (PM/10)

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

  Project Course: EU E-Government Benchmarking (R/7)

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  Strategy, Organisation & Regulation (PM/10)

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  Philanthropy & Social Investment
  Project Course: International Civil Society Organizations (R/7)

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  States & Markets: Redistributive Taxation (R/5)
  European Monetary Union

 International Development

  States & Markets: Economic Development & Long-Term Growth (R/5)
  Development Economics
  Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood
  Project Course: Fiscal & Financial Governance in Emerging Economies (R/7)

 Social Policy and Welfare

  Welfare State & Demographic Change
  Welfare States & Life Course (PM/10)
  Family Policies in Comparative Perspective


  Welfare States & Health Policy


  Governance in Higher Education: Global Patterns, National Policies

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  Current Challenges to Urban Governance
  Economic Developments in East Asia

 Environment and Sustainability

  Environmental Changes from an International Diplomacy Perspective
  Climate & Energy Governance
  Project Course: Urban Climate Policy Strategies (R/7)

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  States & Markets: International Trade (R/5)

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  Energy & Climate Governance in Emerging Markets

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  Diplomacy & the Politics of Sanctions in the 21st Century
  Technology & Foreign Policy: Cyber Security, Information Networks & Internet Governance
  Peacekeeping & Humanitarian Intervention

 Policing and Justice Administration

  The Economic of Crime: Policies & Evaluation Methods (PM/10)

 Arts and Culture

  Cultural Policies, Politics & Governance
  Project Course: Creative Industries in Berlin (R/7)

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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