Hertie School

The Hertie School is a German private independent graduate school located in Berlin's Friedrichstraße. It has a right to confer doctoral degrees. Half of the students in the Hertie School come from abroad (with more than 95 countries represented among alumni and currently enrolled students), and the working language is English.

Hertie School
MottoUnderstand today. Shape tomorrow.[1]
Budget€ 13 million[2]
PresidentHenrik Enderlein
DeanAndrea Römmele, Mark Hallerberg, Christine Reh[3]
DirectorAxel Baisch[4]
ColoursRed, grey, and white

Predominantly, Hertie's students have backgrounds in law, economics, political science and international relations and pursue a Master of Public Policy or Master of International Affairs degree. The school offers its students the opportunity to complete a "professional year" at a multinational corporation, government ministry or an international organization. In addition to this possibility, research collaboration with faculty is encouraged. The Hertie School also offers an Executive Masters of Public Administration.

Hertie students who are also admitted at a partner university, such as Sciences Po or Columbia University can spend their second year in these institutions and earn an additional master's degree. Or students can pursue study abroad opportunities at one of the Hertie School's nearly 30 academic partners[6] worldwide.

The research focus of the Hertie School, which has existed since its founding, lies in the analysis of the conditions, structures and dynamics of governance.[7]


The Hertie School was founded by the Hertie Foundation, located in Frankfurt. The school was established in 2003 as one of the first European professional schools for public policy.

In February 2005, the Hertie School was awarded state recognition as college of higher education by the Berlin Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture (Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur). The work of the Hertie School is based on four pillars: Research, Degree Programmes (Master of Public Policy, Master of International Affairs, Executive Master of Public Administration, and the Berlin School for Transnational Studies), Executive Education, and Knowledge Transfer.

In October 2017, the Hertie School once again received full accreditation[8] to confer doctoral degrees for another ten years.


As of January 2019, a total of 665 students were enrolled in the school. This includes 605 master’s students, 68 Executive MPA participants and 60 doctoral students.[9]

Academic programmes

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme offers teaching on corporate relations & government affairs in the public, civil society and private sectors. The programme is intended for students pursuing a future career dealing professionally with problems of modern governance, international relations, advanced economics and politics. Upon completion of the two-year programme, students receive the Master of Public Policy (MPP). Prospective students have typically studied economics, law or political science, but candidates from every field of study apply for admission.

The Master of International Affairs (MIA) programme, a new programme added in fall 2015, focuses on international relations. It prepares for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global policy challenges.

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) programme is aimed at experienced professionals for whom cooperation between government, business and civil society is an important part of their work. Participants in the Executive MPA programme choose an individual area of concentration and can either study full-time over a period of one year or complete the programme over a period of two years if they wish to study part-time while working. Prospective students must have at least two years' professional work experience, as well as an educational background in economics, law or social sciences. There exist exchange programmes with the ESCP Europe, the Copenhagen Business School and the University of Bern.[10]

The Hertie School also offers a PhD study programme as part of the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), a joint endeavour of the Free University of Berlin (FUB), the Hertie School and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

In autumn 2012, the Hertie School welcomed its first PhD cohort. PhD candidates take core curriculum courses in their first year while beginning their dissertation research and are expected to complete their PhDs within three years.


Members of the core faculty are President Henrik Enderlein, Dean Andrea Römmele, Dean Mark Hallerberg, Dean Christine Reh, Helmut K. Anheier, Arjun Appadurai, Kerstin Bernoth, Ba¸sak Çalı, Luciana Cingolani, Mark Dawson, Christian Flachsland, Anita Gohdes, Lukas Graf, Gerhard Hammerschmid, Anke Hassel, Lion Hirth, Klaus Hurrelmann, Thurid Hustedt, Leonardo Iacovone, Wolfgang Ischinger, Markus Jachtenfuchs, Slava Jankin Mikhaylov, Christian Joerges, Mark Kayser, Claudia Kemfert, Mareike Kleine, Genia Kostka (Fellow), Michaela Kreyenfeld, Johanna Mair, Jan Christoph Minx, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Hanna Schwander, Daniela Stockmann, Christian Traxler, Kai Wegrich and Julian Wucherpfennig.[11]


The Hertie School has established dual degree programs: with the MPA Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the MPP Programme at the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris, and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City, the Programme in Government and International Organizations at Bocconi University in Milan and MPP Program at the University of Tokyo.

Apart from the dual degree programmes, students also have the option to spend an exchange semester at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) at Georgetown University, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University, the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, American University School of Public Affairs at American University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

The Hertie School also has partnerships in the Berlin education landscape: with the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Freie Universität Berlin (FU), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), the ESMT European School of Management and Technology, and the University of Potsdam.

Furthermore, the Hertie School is a member of key political science and policy analysis associations. These include the European Consortium for Political Science Research (ECPR), the American Political Science Association (APSA), and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), PolicyNet, and the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN).


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