The HSoG was founded by the Hertie Foundation in 2003. Yet despite its relatively brief existence, the school and the programs they offer have already gained a strong reputation.
Its standout course, a two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) program takes an interdisciplinary approach, providing students with skills from core aspects of economics, social sciences and legal studies. Furthermore students work with an internationally renowned faculty – including many well-known guest lecturers.
Michael Zürn, Dean and Professor of international relations at the HSoG, was named the most important political scientist in the field of international relations by the Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft in 2007. And Professor Fritz Scharpf, a member of the HSoG board of Trustees, was named the most important political scientist in the overall ranking.
Students at the Hertie School of Governance also benefit from the many partnerships the school has established. It works closely with the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Free University of Berlin and the Social Science Research Center Berlin, as well as cooperating with leading professional schools of public policy around the world. This also means that students have access to most of the major libraries in Berlin and the surrounding area.
Furthermore, with its low student-faculty ratio, students find themselves in a close-knit environment where they are challenged and where they can flourish both personally and academically. And, with exchange programs at some of the world's top universities and a wide range of internship possibilities, the HSoG provides students with a unique spring board for their future careers, whilst exploring the big issues that dominate public policy discussion today.
Aside from providing courses for talented students, the HSoG offers an Executive Master of Public Management Program and Executive Education seminars. It is aimed at experienced professionals seeking an additional qualification and for whom cooperation between government, business and civil society is an important part of their work.
Furthermore, the HSoG has a financial aid program to help students cover the fees (around 15-20,000 euros) and it offers help with applications to external scholarships and applying for student loans.