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Executive Master of Public Administration

12 months
32500 EUR/year
32500 EUR/year
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The Executive Master of Public Administration offered by the Hertie School is tailored to the busy schedules of working professionals, equipping them with the skills and know-how to take up tomorrow's leadership challenges.

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Executive Master of Public Administration - A unique forum for exchange, learning and professional development 

The Executive MPA at the Hertie School is designed for leaders who want to acquire the knowledge and tools needed to address the challenges of modern governance. The programme provides participants with a solid foundation in principles of governance, public policy and management and empowers them to lead teams and organisations, shape decision-making and manage change in the workplace. 

Participants choose one of three areas of concentration, which cover subjects with ever-increasing relevance for managers, decision-makers and leaders working in the public sector, business and civil society:

  • Leading innovation and managing change
  • Digitalisation and big data
  • Global governance frontiers

A flexible programme

The Executive MPA programme accommodates the busy schedules of working professionals and can be studied full-time in one year or part-time in two to four years. The curriculum's modular format allows participants to design their studies according to their individual interests and timetables.

Berlin – a vibrant European hub for public dialogue

Germany’s capital is an epicentre for policy-makers and public debates. A hub for both political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond, Berlin draws in people from all around the world. The Hertie School, located in the city's "Mitte" neighbourhood, is just minutes away from the German parliament, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks – a fascinating environment for studying public administration. Whether moving to Berlin or simply commuting to the city to attend courses, Executive MPA students have plenty of opportunities to build their network in one of Europe’s most exciting cultural, historical and political centres.

Exchange programmes with leading universities

Cooperations with the Copenhagen Business School, ESCP Europe and the University of Bern enable Executive MPA students to attend block courses across Europe, earn credits towards their degree and gain even more international experience.

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The Executive MPA programme is aimed at highly motivated professionals with proven leadership potential or experience. Many courses can also be booked individually or in combination as a certificate. The priority deadline for applications to be considered for the Hertie School’s scholarship programme is 1 June. As only a small cohort of students is accepted per year and scholarship funds are limited, early application is strongly recommended. Applications will be accepted from 1 January until 15 August.

About the Hertie School

The Hertie School is an international teaching and research centre of excellence located in vibrant and cosmopolitan Berlin. Exceptional teaching, research and outreach on international and intersectoral governance challenges are the school’s hallmark.

Our motto is Understand today. Shape tomorrow. We attract a highly talented student body from diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds—united by a desire to make a difference and to bring about a better future. 

We offer them a study environment characterised by close interaction with faculty, lively public debates and engagement with current policy developments. In addition, our students have access to the School’s global network that includes the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po in Paris, Columbia University in New York and many other excellent public policy schools worldwide.

As an ambassador of good governance and public stewardship, the Hertie School has become a hub for top scholars and researchers, as well as experts and representatives from the spheres of politics, business and civil society who contribute to events at the school. Our students actively contribute to these debates and regularly spearhead their own initiatives to foster the public good.

Programme Structure

  • International executive programme (MPA degree) in English located in the heart of Berlin
  • Flexible programme: Study full-time (1 year) or part-time (2-4 years)
  • 14 courses in Berlin and one four-day workshop in Brussels or London
  • Acquire core knowledge in governance, public policy and management and specialise in one of three areas of concentration: Leading innovation and managing change, Digitalisation and big data or Global governance frontiers
  • Attend courses at leading European partner institutions including ESCP Europe (Executive MBA), Copenhagen Business School (MPG) and University of Bern (Executive MPA) 
  • Annual programme start: September, modular entry via single certificate courses also possible

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application deadlines:

  • Priority deadline (for scholarship applicants): 1 June
  • Final deadline: 15 August




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • a higher education degree in any discipline
  • at least two years of relevant work experience (the average is ten years)
  • proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    32500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


  • Financial aid and scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition waivers ranging from 10% to 100% of tuition fees 
  • About 50% of Hertie School students receive financial aid or a scholarship
  • Financial aid and scholarships are granted for the entire period of study and are allocated on a rolling basis up until the final application deadlines
  • Applicants who need financial assistance are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline. (1 June)

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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