Master of Data Science for Public Policy

Fighting climate change, combatting disinformation or creating smart cities - today's complex issues call for a new generation of policymakers and problem solvers who understand how to combine policy and data to create solutions for government, civil society and business.

The Master of Data Science for Public Policy (MDS) brings together passionate students from both technical and social science backgrounds to deepen their analytical skills and develop an in-depth understanding of the policy world. During this two-year master's you will learn how to leverage AI's transformative capabilities and data science-based decision-making to tackle some of the most complex challenges of our time.

In the programme, you will receive training by instructors from the Data Science Lab, who are internationally renowned researchers and excellent teachers. The intense but hands-on classes will give you the ideal environment to learn core data science concepts and computational implementation by heart, not comparable to massive online courses that lack both the depth of training and commitment to your needs.

If you want to learn how to turn data into responsible solutions across all sectors, then this programme is for you. At the Hertie School in Berlin the worlds of policy and data intersect in and outside the classroom, empowering you to build a unique profile for your career from day one.

Learn how you can use data for the common good

  • 2-year, full-time programme (120 ECTS) in English
  • Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Career services, professional and alumni network
  • Leading international faculty
  • Scholarships available  
  • Qualifies for a job-seeking visa in Germany (up to 18 months after graduation)
  • Accredited by German Accreditation Council

Available resources during your studies

The school owns a state-of-the-art supercomputing tool for data science-based research. The server offers one of the most advanced deep learning accelerators and GPU available on the market for scientific exploration in data-driven research. Learn more

The school's creative space combines a hackerspace mentality and a co-working atmosphere. You will have access to top tools for collaboration, invention, and creation and will be able to work together in the spirit of exploration, hacking and entrepreneurship. Learn more

Online learning resources
Eager to step-up your quantitative skills? The Data Science Lab offers access to a number of online learning resources for students interested in improving their knowledge and skillsets. Learn more