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Master program

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
4 semester
Academic degree
Master of Public Policy (M. P. P.)
full time
Tuition fee
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Teaching language

The Willy Brandt School

The Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt was founded in 2002 as Germany’s first professional school of Public Policy. Since 2002, the Brandt School has grown to be a leading public policy institution in Germany.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is a fully accredited, two-year interdisciplinary degree program taught in English, designed for academics and professionals who wish to pursue a career in public service, government agencies, international organizations and the nonprofit sector. The MPP bridges theory and practice and trains students to analyze complex problems, enabling them to 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.

Global, diverse and innovative

One of the Brandt School’s biggest assets is the diversity of its student body. Brandt School students come from over 40 countries from every region of the world, setting it apart from other public policy institutions. The leading teaching staff, made up of academics and practitioners, contribute to maintaining a global approach to public policy.

The MPP program strives to go beyond the traditional Western approach of public policy by exploring solutions to policy questions from a global, local and sustainable perspective.

Career Opportunities

Since 2004, more than 400 students from all over the world have graduated from the Brandt School. Our alumni have found high-ranking positions in various institutions around the world. MPP graduates tend to work in the public sector, in NGOs or in the private sector, on a communal, national or supranational level. The Brandt School strives to educate future leaders in government, civil society, and private enterprise, for example:

  • The European Parliament
  • The World Bank
  • The United Nations
  • The Foreign Ministry of the Ukraine
  • The World Wildlife Found
  • Kinship Foundation
Master-Studierende Public Policy
Studierende auf dem Campus Uni Erfurt
Studierende in der Stadt Erfurt

Master of Public Policy

The MPP Curriculum in Detail

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The MPP is a full-time, two-year, 120 credit-point (ECTS) program consisting of a core curriculum (focusing on policy analysis, methods, and public administration and management), an internship and an intensive policy project (practical training modules), elective courses taken from two out of four potential areas of specialization (specialization modules), and foreign language training. The medium of instruction is English.

8 Core Modules:

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • Comparative and International Public Policy
  • Public Administration and Finance
  • Management and Leadership
  • Ethics in the Public Sector
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Methods

2 Specialization Modules (choose 2 out of 4):

  • Non-Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship
  • International and Global Public Policy
  • Development and Socio-Economic Policies
  • Conflict Studies and Management

2 Practical Training Modules:

  • Practical Training Module I (Internship)
  • Practical Training Module II (Project Group)

1 Language Module

Final (Graduation) Module (Master thesis)

Admission Requirements

  • higher education entrance qualification (i.e., high school diploma)
  • college or university degree (i.e., Bachelor, Master, Diploma, state exam, etc.) with a duration of at least six semesters
  • above-average grades
  • a minimum of one year of professional performance
  • analytical talent and pronounced interest in political problems

Language Requirements

Applicants need to prove their excellent English language skills. The following documents are accepted:

  • TOEFL iBT: minimum of 90 points
  • IELTS: 6.5 points
  • Sprachzertifikate: Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE) certificate

Test results should not be older than two years. We also accept native speakers and applicants who hold a university degree in a program where English has been the medium of instruction.

Our students

Absolventin Public Policy
MPP-alumna from Nigeria

"Studying at the Brandt School offered me the valuable opportunity of interacting with students from all over the world, profiting from different points of view and learning in a diverse and motivating environment."

Ayanga Edubio, MPP-alumna from Nigeria

Brandt School alumni work in international organizations, municipal, regional, and federal governments, think tanks or renowned enterprises in the private sector.

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Apply now!

The application period starts on January 6. Deadlines are as follows:

  • February 29, priority deadline for all applicants
  • June 15, last deadline for international applicants (non-EU nationals)
  • September 01, last deadline for applicants from EU nationals