Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Admission Requirements

The prerequisites for applying to the Master of Public Policy program (student intake October 2020) under the Helmudt Schmidt programme are:

  • higher education entrance qualification (i.e. high school diploma, Abitur)

  • college or university degree (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, state exam, etc.) equivalent to a German Bachelor's degree with a minimum duration of 6 semesters

  • your most recent university degree should have been obtained in the last six years prior to the application for the scholarship.

  • above-average grades

  • first professional experience (ideally, minimum 1 year and in a field related to public policy. We also take voluntary work and internships into account)

  • analytical talent and pronounced interest in political problems

  • your goal should be to make an impact in your home country after the MPP

  • very good English language proficiency

Application process

We are pleased that you are considering our Master of Public Policy program under the Helmut Schmidt Programme for your graduate studies. Please submit your application for the MPP online between June 1st and July 31, 2019, and make sure to read through the instructions provided on the application process carefully before submitting your application. The Admissions Committee can only consider complete applications. Please upload scans of the required documents to your online application profile.

Please note that we do not accept application documents or reference letters sent via email.

If your application makes it to to the shortlist, you will be notified and asked to send us true certified hard copies of your documents via postal mail. The final result will be announced in early December. 

If you have any questions before applying, please also check the Frequently Asked Questions. Please note that we might no be able to answer individual inquiries via e-mail or telephone during the Helmut Schmidt Programme application period. 

We look forward to receiving your application!

Application checklist

The following documents are required for an application:

DAAD form

The DAAD Application form should be hand-signed and then uploaded to your online application. Only signed forms are valid.

Hints for filling in the DAAD form:

  • cover page: please check "Other programmes" on the first page and specify "Helmut-Schmidt-Programme"
  • page 2, no. 10: Study/research projects in Germany: you are free to either leave this section in blank or to write a short summary of your study focus

Curriculum Vitae

Applicants are required to send send a CV (maximum length: two pages) with their application. The CV or resume should elaborate on your academic and professional life so far and also highlight your political and social commitment and your interests. The CV should be hand-signed and dated and then uploaded.

Statement of Purpose

Please submit a personal statement of purpose, hand-signed and dated and then uploaded to your online application. The letter should not exceed two pages. If you have selected only one of the possible study programs /universities, please elaborate on this choice. If you have selected two options, please discuss your academic/professional reasons behind your selection for both study programs / universities.

Diplomas, Degree Certificates and Transcripts

Applicants must submit scans or files of the following diplomas, documents, certificates, and transcripts for the online application:

  • Secondary Education Certificate (Abitur, High School Diploma, etc.)

  • University degree(s) certificate(s)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges, professional schools, and universities (please also add a description of the grading system)

All documents not issued in German or English must be accompanied by certified German or English translations.


Scans/files of all of these documents are sufficient for the online application.

If your application makes it to the shortlist, you will get notified and you will be asked to send us true certified hard copies of your documents via postal mail to:

Universitaet Erfurt

Willy Brandt School

Nordhaeuser Str. 63

99089 Erfurt


Note: Simple (i.e., non-certified) hard copies of diplomas and certificates cannot be accepted. A certified true copy is a copy (often a photcopy) of a primary document that has on it an endorsement, a stamp or a certificate which serves as proof for this document being a true copy of the primary document. Certified true copies can be obtained from German Embassies / Consulates or other official authorities in your country of residence, e.g. public notaries or the universities/schools in question.  

Please do not sent neither your original documents nor simple hard copies without certification.

Please do not sent true certified hard copies before you are asked to do so as we will not be able to return documents.

Letter of Recommendation

All applications must be accompanied by one letter of recommendation, signed and recently dated by your university professor or current employer, supplemented by an official letterhead and stamp. Referees can also use the Brandt School's recommendation form here.

Letters of recommendation must be written in English or German.

There are two ways of providing the reference letters:

1. The applicant provides the referees' name, institution and official (institutional) e-mail-addresses within the online application. Then, at the moment of your application's submission, the referee will receive an automatic e-mail providing him/her with an direct upload link to the application. The reference letter can be scanned and then uploaded.

2. The referee can either send the letter directly to the Brandt School (not to the DAAD!) or hand the letter inside a sealed envelope to the applicant who can send us the envelope within a second envelope via postal mail. Our address:

Universitaet Erfurt

Willy Brandt School

Nordhaeuser Str. 63

99089 Erfurt


Please note that, either way, reference letters should have arrived within 2 weeks after the application deadline (i.e. August 15, 2019)

Proof of English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency (Test scores must not be older than two years at the time of application. We accept the following scores:

  • TOEFL Internet, minimum 90 points
  • IELTS Academic Test – minimum 6.5 in total and in all sub-categories
  • one of the following language certificates: Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE).

The deadline for submission of your English proficiency certificates can be extended to a maximum of 30 days after the regular deadline. In order to be able to take advantage of the extended deadline, please submit the document emitted by the test center with proof that your results will be available until then. 

Important note: Candidates, who received their degree from an English-language college or university, only need to present an official document or letter issued by the university stating that English has been the medium of instruction.They don't have to provide an English test result. On the other hand, please note that an excellent test-result will always contribute to your application's excellence.

Copy of your Passport

Applicants are required to upload a scan their passport. Please send copies of the page conatining your photo, your name, date and place of birth.