University of Erfurt
The University of Erfurt is both one of the oldest and one of the youngest universities in Germany. First established in 1392, it attained a reputation rivaling the universities of Paris and Oxford, and some of Germany’s greatest thinkers studied there. Martin Luther famously said, “If you want to study well, go to Erfurt.”
The objective of public policy studies is to advance the public interest by making sound policy decisions. Public Policy draws on theories and methods from political science, economics, sociology, public administration, ethics and law.
The Master of Public Policy is a two-year interdisciplinary degree program designed for young academics and professionals who wish to pursue a career in the public or non-profit sector. The Willy Brandt School’s philosophy is to offer a thorough and rigorous Master of Public Policy program that integrates classroom courses and practical training in one curriculum.
Students complete seven modules, each consisting of a set of courses. The mandatory courses in the Policy Analysis Module (1st and 2nd semester ) and the Management and Leadership Modules (2nd and 3rd semester ) compose the core curriculum. According to personal interests and professional needs, courses can be chosen in the Specialization Modules and in the Basics and Language Module.
By choosing two out of four Specialization Modules or one area of concentration in Conflict Studies and Management (CSMP) – each of which offers a variety of courses – students develop their individual profiles and interests.
Most courses deal with real-world applications, yet this aspect is complemented with a Practical Training Module. A mandatory internship at a public policy institution, usually between the second and third semester, as well as a project group assignement in the third semester gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom.
The fourth and final semester is allocated to the completion of the Master thesis. Overall, 120 credit points (ECTS) are necessary.
We seek to attract highly talented and motivated applicants with a passion for and commitment to public policy. But how do you figure out whether you are a good candidate for us?
A strong interest in policies and politics is a must. But are you also eager to go beyond common sense and the obvious, and willing to look at things from an analytical point of view, seeking to discover the best solution to a political problem?
Successful candidates for our program possess strong analytical skills, curiosity and a probing mind, and a commitment to understanding and solving problems. Students with a wide range of backgrounds can fulfill these criteria. Some enter the program directly after their undergraduate degree, while others have several years of professional experience. Although most public policy students have graduated from the social sciences, we welcome applicants from various academic backgrounds.
It is mainly about the kind of person you are: If you have an analytical mind and an entrepreneurial mindset, are a political animal, a strategic thinker, a go-getter, who has – last but not least – a sense of humor, then we look forward to receiving your application.
To be eligible for the MPP you must meet the following requirements:
The application period begins in January of each year. Application deadlines are:
June 15th for applicants from non-EU countries
You can apply for the MPP using our online application portal found on our website. Your application should include the following documents:
If you any questions about the application process, please contact admissions office at:
Tuition and fee
Tuition fees are 1,500 EUR per semester or 6,000 EUR for the entire program (four semesters). In addition, a general service fee of roughly 220 EUR must be paid each semester. The service fee includes entitlement to free public transportation within and around the city of Erfurt.
With an estimated average cost of living of 675 EUR per month, studying in Erfurt is comparatively affordable. Please see our website for further details, such as health insurance and the cost of course materials.
Admission for our program is needblind. Yet we are aware that students may require financial assistance. The Brandt School offers scholarships for specific target-groups in partnership with the DAAD, the Haniel Foundation and the EICF. Check our website for more detailed information on these programs.
There are also various external sources for financial support and chances to qualify are quite good. A high percentage of our students have received scholarships to study in our program.
Check our website for a complete list of organizations offering matching scholarships.
For further questions on the application process please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the program curriculum and the three specialization streams can be found in the MPM Handbook.
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Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Nordhäuser Straße 74, Building 39
Postfach/P.O. Box 900221