University of Erfurt

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Public Policy: Continuing education master programs

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Außenansicht Willy Brandt School of Public Policy mit davor stehenden Studenten

Degree Profile

  • Degree: Master of Public Policy (M. P. P.)
  • Begin of studies: winter semester
  • Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS credits)
  • Faculty: Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences
  • Accreditation: accredited by ACQUIN
  • Studienorientierung: continuing education and applied
  • Tuition fees: expected 1.600 Euro/semester

Course Details

The interdisciplinary continuing education program offered at the Brandt School and ending in a Master of Public Policy Degree is open to highly qualified and motivated students from Germany and abroad who strive for managerial positions in public administration, NGOs, and private companies and institutes. This program imparts upon future leaders the subject-related and methodical competences and key qualifications required to analyze political issues and develop policies and strategies for action based on their analysis of the initial situation. Graduates should thus be able to turn their ideas into political reality in a targeted yet responsible manner, having first reflected on ethical concerns. The Brandt School was designed according to the Anglo-American concept of a professional school in which teaching, learning, and research are closely linked to one another and structured based on problems and solutions. In the field of public policy, the Brandt School offers an innovative education leading to the internationally recognized Master of Public Policy degree, combining relevant know-how and methods from social science disciplines such as economics, political science, public administration, and sociology.


The MPP consist of a core curriculum, a policy internship and an intensive policy analysis project (practical training module), elective courses taken from five potential areas of speciality (specialization modules), and soft skills and language training.

The mandatory modules make up the core curriculum, while the specialization modules, the practical training module, and the basics and language module can be chosen according to the personal interests and professional needs of each student.

During the first three semesters students complete both the core curriculum and the specialization modules. The students can choose two out the four specialization modules:

  • International Affairs,
  • Public and Nonprofit Management,
  • International Political Economy,
  • and European Public Policy

or the "Area of concentration"

  • Conflict Studies and Management.

The fourth semester will be devoted to the master thesis.


Since 2004 more than 400 students from all over the world have graduated from the Brandt School. Many of them have found high ranking positions in various international institutions.

A great number of our graduates work in government institutions on a regional, national and international level. Some examples: Ministry for Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viniculture in Mainz, Germany; Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine or the European Parliament. Several former Brandt School students have continued their career in international organizations like the World Bank or United Nations. Also international and national NGOs like World Wildlife Fund or Kinship Foundation are popular employers for our graduates. A few of our Alumni find successful careers in private sector and others continue their education at PhD level.

Our Students

Student Public Policy

Studying at the Brandt School has essentially changed the way how now I see the world and has equipped me with adequate tools to excel and make a difference in an ever increasingly changing world. The flexibility of its academic program and a broad range of courses offered have enabled me to adjust selected courses in line with my areas of interest. Furthermore, its vibrant and very international academic environment has inspired me every single day. Whenever I walked into the halls of the School I got charged up from devoted students and staff who all are very driven and motivated for what they are doing. It has been a tremendous lifelong experience to study at one of the best Public Policy schools in Europe.

Arsim Mulaku, Kosovo, Class of 2010

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Admission Requirements

The prerequisites for applying to the Master of Public Policy program are:

  • higher education entrance qualification (i.e. high school diploma)
  • college or university degree (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, state exam,  etc.) with a minimal duration of 6 semesters
  • above-average grades or professional performance
  • analytical talent and pronounced interest in political problems
  • first professional experience in a relevant public policy area
  • very good English language proficiency (TOEFL: Paper test: 577 or above, Computer test: 233 or above, Internet test: 90 or above; IELTS: 6.5 or above; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: A or B)

Following documents are required for an application:

  • Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Certified Copies of Diplomas, Certificates, Documents, Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Copy of your Passport



Application period: The application period begins on January 3rd of each year. We strongly encourage you to apply for the MPP online. Deadlines are es follows: 

  • September 01, for applicants from EU countries
  • June 15, for international applicants from non-EU countries

Further information about application period and conditions:



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