About the Program

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The Brandt School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year interdisciplinary degree program. It is designed for young academics and professionals who wish to pursue a career in public service, including government agencies, international organizations and the non-profit sector. The MPP program equips future decision makers with the knowledge and practical skills they will need to advance the public interest and make sound policy decisions.

Drawn from political science, economics, sociology, public administration and law, the MPP curriculum builds the skills and knowledge base required of a professional policy analyst. It includes courses in political and economic analysis, statistics, public management and ethics. Throughout the coursework, research and field experience, students develop their understanding of the policy process and the institutions and actors involved in that process.

The following pages contain information on the curriculum and courses of the MPP. For the MPP in a nutshell, please have a look at these resources:

MPP brochure

MPP structure diagram

Video Introduction to the MPP program

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To ensure a high quality of teaching the Brandt School strives to continuously improve its academic services to students and lecturers. Students are closely coached and supervised throughout their studies at the Brandt School and all courses offered are regularly evaluated to maintain the high quality of our MPP program. These efforts lead to a very high rate of students successfully completing their studies at the Brandt School and starting suitable careers afterwards.

Students are supported through both faculty members and administrative staff of the Brandt School. At the beginning of their studies at the Brandt School students are assigned a professor or lecturer as an individual academic mentor. The mentor is consulted at least at the beginning of a semester to discuss the appropriate choice of MPP courses. Regular consultations with the mentor ensure that the students take all mandatory courses and earn enough credits each semester.

Based on each student's individual academic background and career interests, the academic mentor may also offer career advice in terms of suggesting internship areas, practice-oriented thesis topics and appropriate career options.

Furthermore, students can also discuss the academic schedule with the academic program managers and the managing director. As part of our career services, students will get especially advice on all matters related to internships by our staff. As the internship is a mandatory part of the curriculum and an important step towards professional life, it is important that students work in an organization or institution that is related to public policy, matches the interest and sharpens the profile of the respective student.

Student Profiles

Brandt School students are strategic thinkers, go-getters and use their entrepreneurship skills to drive innovative change. Chosen on the basis of their outstanding undergraduate university grades, their interdisciplinary orientation, talent and high motivation, they have excellent knowledge of the English language, and often work experience in policy making, diplomacy, public service and non-governmental sector and similar fields.

General facts about the student body

The average age of newly enrolled MPP students is 25. There are currently 121 students enrolled at the Brandt School 54% of the enrolled students are female and 46% are male. More than 620 students have graduated from the Brandt School since 2004.

So far, students from 89 countries have chosen to study at the Brandt School and represent all regions of the world.

  • Africa - 10%
  • Asia - 40%
  • Europe - 28%
  • Oceania - 1%
  • North America - 13%
  • South America - 8% 

MPP Experiences and Careers

See what our alumni have to say about their experiences at the Brandt School and what made their time with us memorable!

Students' careers: our alumni secured positions in various prestigious institutions

  • Government institutions on a regional, national and international level, as chief officer for foreign trade at the Ministry for Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viniculture in Mainz, Germany, as public diplomacy officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Ukraine, at the European Parliament in Brussels as a policy advisor, or as senior assistant principal secretary in the Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being in Malaysia
  • International organisations like the World Bank office in Bogota, Colombia or the United Nations Office for Project Services in Copenhagen
  • NGOs, as communications officer at the World Wildlife Fund in Brasil or at the Kinship Foundation in the USA. One student has even founded his own NGO: Spirit of Football e.V. is a non-profit-organisation based in Erfurt
  • Private sector enterprises, as senior consultant at Roland Berger in Düsseldorf, as project coordinator at a training and consulting firm, or as an international business analyst at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Hangzhou City, China
  • Or they are furthering their academic careers at the University of St. Gallen, are busy writing their doctoral thesis in Hong Kong or (right here) in Erfurt

Do you need advice?

MPP Program and Student Inquiries
(Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)
Willy Brandt School (Nordhäuser Straße 84) / room 0005

Are you interested?

Find out more about requirements, deadlines and scholarships in the section on


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