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

In our admissions process, we assess three main aspects: personal suitability, which involves reviewing professional and international experience, as well as current or potential leadership roles; academic excellence, determined by a history of strong academic performance in previous degrees, along with linguistic qualifications; and motivation, evaluated based on the personal statement highlighting reasons for studying public administration/management and alignment with Hertie School's values.  

Candidates who pass this evaluation will then be invited to an interview with a faculty member.