The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The School also offers experienced professionals the opportunity to deepen their skills in the field of public management. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-oriented approach to the School´s teaching and research agenda.
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  • 260 Students
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The Hertie School of Governance was formally founded as a private, non-profit institution in October 2003 by the Hertie Foundation and was established as one of the first professional schools for public policy in Germany.

By offering programmes emphasising academic excellence and practical orientation in the reunified capital of Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance became a unique educational institution in Germany.

The Hertie School began by organising panels, symposia, and discussions, thus providing a platform where policy-makers, professionals, and practitioners from the media, NGOs, and business engage with academia. In February 2005, the School was granted official state recognition and given the authority to award the academic title Master of Public Policy as an institution of higher learning by the Berlin Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture (Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur).

The first cohort of students in the two-year Master of Public Policy programme began their studies at the School in September 2005, and the programme has grown considerably with each passing year. In September 2008, the School launched its second master's programme: the Executive Master of Public Management. Together with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB), the Hertie School established the Berlin School of Transnational Studies in 2008, offering a structured PhD programme. Since 2012, the Hertie School has its own doctoral programme, the PhD in Governance.

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)

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The Hertie School of Governance is an institution of higher learning committed to academic excellence. The library team sees it as its responsibility to equip students and faculty with the necessary tools for their academic research. We try to accomplish this goal by providing our library users with access to electronic resources from everywhere on campus.

Relevant articles from journals, such as the European Journal of Political Research or Journal of Public Policy, are just a mouse click away. The library offers access to a long list of databases, the most prominent being EconLit, Lexis Nexis, and JSTOR.

Beyond online databases, the library team is constantly developing and building other research resources such as a print collection, which offers important literature on policy, law, and economy. The online catalogue is growing daily and offers students an overview of the library collections.

The Library and Information Services (LIS) of the Hertie School of Governance is located on the first floor (1. OG) of the campus. A reading room is attached to the library for students and others who seek a calm and quiet place to work. The library and the reading room also offer a number of communal network points available to students to plug in their laptops in order to access the internet after authentication.

Students at the Hertie School of Governance have the advantage of an innovative research infrastructure combined with a committed library team, who are constantly busy developing and improving educational and research opportunities.

Student Life

The Hertie School's central location in the middle of Berlin means that you are only a short walk away from an extraordinary range of attractions, many of them tailored to suit the tastes of the hundreds of thousands of students who study at the numerous universities in Berlin.

Academic Life in Berlin

Berlin is one of the fastest-growing science and research centres in the world. Students here have access to a wealth of academic resources: In addition to four major universities (Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität, Technische Universität, Universität der Künste), Berlin is home to a number of top-flight research institutes, including the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Fritz Haber Institute, the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the City of Science, Technology and Media in Adlershof.

Cultural Life in Berlin

Just minutes by foot from Unter den Linden, Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, the Gendarmenmarkt, the Brandenburg Gate, and the governmental district, the Hertie School is within easy reach of some of the city's most important cultural, architectural, political and historic sites.
Berlin is a truly cosmopolitan city, with more than 175 museums, three opera houses, innumerable art galleries, several major theatres, and countless smaller stages. Three of the most prestigious theatres and two concert halls are only a few minutes away from the Hertie Campus: the Volksbühne, the famous Brecht theatre known as the Berliner Ensemble, and the Deutsches Theater offer nightly performances of plays from Schiller and Kleist to Brecht and Heiner Müller. The renowned Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt are celebrated for their classical music performances.
Furthermore, Berlin has a vibrant nightlife. When students take a break from studying, they can attend events, bars, dance halls, clubs and pubs all over the city. Locations in Berlin-Mitte, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg are especially worth getting to know.


Surrounded by forests and lakes, Berlin offers a range of attractive free time activities: cycling, swimming, boat trips and beach excursions, canoeing and sailing the options are limitless. Day trips from Berlin can include a visit to Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, the Frauenkirche in Dresden and the bucolic nearby rural landscapes of Havelland, the Spreewald, Oderbruch and along the Fläming -Skate route. On the weekends, students can easily visit other enticing European cities. Hamburg and Prague are within a few hours by train, and cheap plane flights within Europe have made destinations further away feasible. Everything from Spain to Estonia has become affordable.


The Hertie School of Governance is an accredited and state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany.

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