Hertie School of Governance

Executive Master of Public Administration

MPA (Master of Public Administration)
Subjects: Political Sciences
English only
Winter semester: 15 Aug
Application Deadlines
1 - 4 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline (typically, Executive MPA participants have a background in business/economics, law, social science, or natural sciences).

Minimum standard period of study: 3-4 years.
Required ECTS credits: 240.

Work Experience

At least two years of relevant work experience (average is nine years).

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

min 577
min 233
min 90
min 7
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Specification: Grades A, B, or C.
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: Grades A or B.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Candidates who are native speakers do not need to submit English proficiency test results. Non-native speakers who can provide proof of substantial work experience or study in English may not have to provide a language test. Short-term study abroad, au-pair homestays, or language school certificates will not be accepted as test replacements. Employees of the German Federal Government can also hand in an English test of the Federal Language Agency. Candidates can submit their application for the Executive MPA program even if their language test is not yet available. However, please note that admission cannot be issued without proof of language skills. It is, therefore, advised all applicants to submit their results as early as possible. The Executive MPA is an international program taught entirely in English. Therefore, knowledge of German is not required.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:January 01 (German)January 01 (EU)January 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:
Spring semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

Please upload the required supporting documents in .pdf format to the online application portal:

  1. Your curriculum vitae (in English or German).
  2. A letter of motivation (in English or German, preferably in English – two pages or 900 words maximum).
  3. Copies of official academic transcripts and diplomas of all attended universities. Every transcript must include a transcript key (an explanation of the grading system). If these documents are not in English or German, the applicant needs to provide us with a certified or notarized translation into English or German. Hard copies are not required until after acceptance into the program.
  4. Two letters of reference (in English or German, else a certified or notarized translation into English or German), of which at least one should come from the applicant’s current or last employer. The second can be issued by an academic referee or a former employer. Applicants who undergo an annual performance evaluation by their employer can replace one of the reference letters with this document. The Hertie School may decide to contact the referee(s) to confirm the authenticity of the issued document(s).
  5. Letters of reference can also be sent to the admissions team by the referee directly, either as an email attachment to empa-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org or via regular mail to:
    Hertie School, Recruitment and Admissions
    Friedrichstr. 180
    10117 Berlin
  6. Letters of reference should be on official letterhead (if applicable) and include an original signature. Contact details of all referees should be listed in the "References" section of the online application portal. Letters of reference can also be handed in after the application deadline.
  7. An English proficiency certificate (for non-native English speakers, see language requirements).

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website