Program Details

MPP: practially oriented, interdisciplinary approach designed for your academics with future career in public service or (N)GOs
Erfurt, Germany
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Public Administration

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt is Germany’s oldest Professional School for Public Policy. Since 2002 the Brandt School has operated as a transdisciplinary, practice-oriented and international institute of higher education that prepares students for the demands and challenges of today's complex political world. The Brandt School’s approach to Public Policy encompasses all types of policy environment, from state administration to non-state governance, from conflict and transition to development and conservation. The Brandt School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year interdisciplinary degree program designed for young academics and professionals who wish to pursue a career in public service, including government agencies, international organizations and the non-profit sector. The MPP program equips future decision makers with the knowledge and practical skills they will need to advance the public interest and 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. The MPP curriculum consists of a core curriculum, a policy internship and an intensive policy analysis project (practical training module), elective courses taken from five potential areas of specialization (specialization modules), and basic skills and language training. According to their personal interests students can specialize in European Public Policy, International Affairs, Public and Non-Profit Management, International Political Economy and Conflict Studies and Management. In 2014 124 students are enrolled in the MPP at the Brandt School: 23% from Europe, 37% Asian countries, 13% North Americans, 12% South Americans, 10% Africans, and 4% from Arab Countries. Approximately 10% are from Germany.

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Financial Aid:
Successful candidates for this program possess strong analytical skills, curiosity and a probing mind, as well as a commitment to understanding and solving problems. English is the language of instruction of the MPP program, therefore adequate proficiency is an admission requirement.

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