Executive MPA

Admissions process

Applying for the Executive MPA programme

The Executive Master of Public Administration is aimed at professionals from all sectors. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A good higher education degree in any discipline (typically, Executive MPA participants have a background in business/economics, law, social science or natural sciences)
  • At least three years of relevant work experience (average is nine years)
  • Proficiency in English

Applications for the next Executive MPA class are now open on our online application portal.

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Admissions process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications for tuition waivers are accepted throughout the application period as long as funds are available. Partial scholarships for specific profiles are also available for the Executive MPA, and most have a deadline of 1 June.

The selection committee may decide to invite preselected candidates to a phone or skype interview. The committee also decides on the admissions for the new Executive MPA cohort.

Selection criteria

All applications are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Personal suitability (30%): Professional experience 
  • Academic excellence (30%): Strength of academic background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification.
  • Motivation (20%): Convincing motivation to study public administration/ management, overall motivation to study at the Hertie School, overall coherence
  • Personal suitability/ general impression (20%): International experience, leadership experience or potential