Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. Our motto is “Understand today. Shape tomorrow.” We attract a highly talented student body from diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds—united by a desire to make a difference and to bring about a better future.

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)



The Hertie School was founded as a private, non-profit institution in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation and was established as one of the first professional schools for public policy in Germany. As an ambassador of good governance, the Hertie School has become a hub for top scholars and researchers, as well as experts and representatives from the spheres of politics, business and civil society.


The School's teaching and research activities address ‘real-world’ concerns, balancing a practical, problem-oriented approach based on the insights from across the social sciences, as well as law and history, with a sound conceptual understanding of underlying patterns and processes of governance and policy-making.


An interdisciplinary focus and an emphasis on applied research issues distinguish the Hertie School's research agenda.

At the heart of the Hertie School’s research endeavours are three research clusters. The three research clusters are:

  • Political Economy
  • European and Global Governance
  • Organisation, Management and Leadership

In addition there are four research centers:

  • Centre for Cultural Policy
  • Centre for International Security Policy (CISP)
  • European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS)
  • Fiscal Governance Centre


As a professional school for public policy, the Hertie School gives students several opportunities to apply what they are learning and begin building a professional network.

MPP and MIA Students are expected to complete a summer internship between their first and second year of study. For students who want even more professional experience, the School offers a professional year between the first and second year of the programme. For internships and the professional year, the School has established relationships with a range of institutions to help students find a position.

The Hertie School also invites relevant professionals including alumni to its professional perspectives lecture series.


Student services

All questions related to getting started as a student at the Hertie School and getting settled in Berlin can be directed to the Student Affairs Team. They assist admitted applicants with issues such as obtaining external financial aid, health insurance, visa and residency registration, as well as accommodation.

Housing services

Hertie students live off-campus in all parts of Berlin. Additional information on accommodation is available from the Student Affairs Team.

Library services

The library team sees it as its responsibility to equip students and faculty with the necessary tools for their academic research.

The library offers access to a long list of databases and the library team is constantly developing and building other research resources such as a print collection. The online catalogue is growing daily and offers students an overview of the library collections.

ICT services

The Hertie School provides wireless LAN in the whole building but you can also access the internet via the LAN ports at the study room tables (short cables, usually grey, blue or red). Your computer will detect 3 wireless networks: “HS-Guest”, “HS-Staff” and “HS-Student”. Please always use HS-Student since this is the only network that allows for printing and scanning.

Medical services

In Germany, every student studying at a state-recognised higher education institution is required by law to have health insurance. Students can direct all questions regarding health insurance to the Student Affairs Team.

Student Life

Campus life

The Hertie School campus is situated in the center of Berlin in the immediate neighborhood of the German parliament, ministries, think-tanks, consulting agencies, and international organizations.

The campus has a cafeteria, a library, a computer lab, and a student kitchen. Study and reading rooms are available for group projects and individual research sessions.

The Hertie School organizes countless events each semester: public lectures and panel discussions on today’s biggest policy issues and their implications, the professional perspectives lecture series on possible career paths, and many more informal cultural and social events, such as the semester opening party or the country presentation series.

Student clubs

Since the inception of the Hertie School of Governance in 2003, student participation in the affairs of the School was provided for in the articles of incorporation and organized by study programme and class year.

The Hertie School Student Association (HSA), the official student association at the Hertie School of Governance, is an important part of the Hertie School community and involved in many different areas, such as institutional decision-making and supporting the many student-run clubs and activities.


  • Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science (Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur)