The McCourt School of Public Policy and the BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES), offer a three-year dual degree program leading to a Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES). Students will have the option of spending either their second year, or the spring term of their second year, at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. This unique program allows students to pursue a degree in public policy with a regional specialization in Europe.

Students interested in applying to the MPP/MA in German and European Studies should complete and submit both the MPP and MAGES applications to the respective schools simultaneously. For more information about the MA in German and European Studies, please contact the BMW Center for German and European Studies

The dual degree consists of 72-credit hours (36 for MPP and 36 for MAGES) and requires three years to complete. Students are also required to pass a mandatory MAGES oral exam as well as satisfy the MAGES language requirements. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in each department (computed separately).

Although there is some flexibility in order to accommodate students’ specific professional and academic goals, students enrolled in the dual MPP/MAGES program typically pursue the following course of study:

Year One: Fall Semester   12 credits
  • PPOL 506, Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • PPOL 501, Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
  • GOVT 590, The European Union
  • ECON 547, The European Economy
Year One: Spring Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 507, Microeconomics II
  • PPOL 502, Regression Methods for Policy Analysis
  • GERM 510, Theorizing Culture
  • INAF 590, International Relations in Europe
Year Two: Fall Semester

12 credits

  • PPOL 511, Comparative Policy Process (or equivalent course if studying at Hertie)
  • MPP/MAGES elective
  • MPP/MAGES elective
  • MPP/MAGES elective
Year Two: Spring Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 515, Comparative Public Management (or equivalent course if studying at Hertie)
  • MPP/MAGES elective
  • MPP/MAGES elective
  • MPP/MAGES elective
Year Three: Fall Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 503, Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods
  • PPOL 526/PPOL 528, Policy Analysis Capstone I/Thesis Workshop I
  • HIST 541, German/European History
  • GOVT 593, Comparative European Politics
Year Three: Spring Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 527/PPOL 529, Policy Analysis Capstone II/Thesis Workshop II
  • PPOL 518/519, Ethics, Values and Public Policy/Ethics in a Globalized World
  • MPP/MAGES elective
  • MPP/MAGES elective