Hertie School of Governance

Master of International Affairs

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Business and Economics, Political Sciences
English only
Winter semester:  01 May
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus
Registration Fee & Tuition Information:
Tuition: 17,250 € per year.


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Open to all academic backgrounds.

Minimum standard period of study: 6 semesters.

If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree at the time of application, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must complete all of your undergraduate academic course work and exams before September 1st in order to matriculate.

Language Requirements

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

min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: At least B.
min 7
Specification: Also 7.0 in writing.
min 250
min 100
min 600
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Specification: At least C.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Non-native speakers can waive the English test if they have earned an undergraduate degree at an academic institution where the official language of instruction is English. Applicants holding only a master’s degree from an English-speaking graduate school cannot waive the test. Short-term study abroad, au-pair home-stays, or language school certificates will not be accepted as test replacements.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

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

Special Deadline Case:
Winter semester: You are encouraged to apply by February 1st.
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

Please upload the following required supporting documents to the online application portal:

  1. Your current CV indicating your academic background, work experience, and voluntary activities. Please do not include a photo on your CV.
  2. A letter of motivation explaining your specific interest in the study program and how it relates to your professional aspirations. Your letter should be 500-900 words.
  3. Copies of official academic transcripts of all attended universities. Every transcript must include a transcript key (an explanation of the grading system). If not in English, a certified translation into English is required. Hard copies are not required until after acceptance into the program.
  4. A copy of an English proficiency certificate (for non-native speakers). For more detailed information about which tests and minimum scores are accepted, see the language requirements Please note that English test results can be provided after you submit your application to the Hertie School. You must send the certificate to the admissions team per e-mail at grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org. The deadline to submit the English test results is June 1st.

All documents, including letters of reference, must be submitted in .pdf format.

You must contact your referees to have them send your two letters of reference directly to the admissions team.

Your referee may directly email the university their reference letter to grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org from the referee’s institutional email address. The letter must be signed and submitted as a PDF.

Your referee may send a signed letter on institutional letterhead directly to the university postal address:

Hertie School
Graduate Admissions
Friedrichstrasse 180
10117 Berlin    

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website