The MDS/MPP program is a two-year program in data science and public policy with the Hertie School, the University of Governance in Berlin. The program combines the effectiveness of data science with evidence-based policy, preparing participants to become solution-oriented leaders within the public sector.


Year 1: The Hertie School, Berlin (MDS)

You’ll begin your studies at the Hertie School in the Master of Data Science for Public Policy program. In the program you’ll delve into data science and public policy. Topics include algorithmic decision-making and the transformative potential of AI.

You'll access cutting-edge resources like a state-of-the-art supercomputing tool for data science-based research, and a creative space equipped with the latest tools for collaboration and invention. 

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Year 2: Sanford School of Public Policy, Durham (MPP)

During this year, you’ll cultivate ethical and inclusive leadership skills to help solve policy challenges and strengthening society through public service.

You can choose from 7 policy concentration options:

  • Education Policy
  • Energy & Environment
  • Health Policy
  • International Development
  • National Security & Foreign Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Technology Policy
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Program Details

You’ll complete a full-time internship related to your concentration area. The internship typically occurs during the summer between the first and second years. Internships provide students with hands-on exposure to real-world issues, and are invaluable steppingstones to future career opportunities.  

Upon completion of this dual-degree, students will have the opportunity to acquire a work permit in the United States for up to 3 years. This opens exciting career prospects and the ability to make a meaningful impact in the dynamic field of public policy. 

Tuition fees for this dual degree program are determined by each institution for the respective years. The Hertie School sets the tuition for the first year in Berlin, and Sanford School of Public Policy sets the tuition for the second year. For the first year, the Hertie School offers need-based scholarships.  For the 2nd year student can be reviewed for merit and need-based scholarships.

The dual-degree program at the Hertie School and Sanford School of Public Policy is open to candidates from around the world. Admission is highly competitive, focusing on academic excellence and a strong commitment to public policy and data science. Visit the Hertie School website for application details.

The deadline for the dual-degree program beginning in Fall 2024 is March 31, 2024.  

As Duke students for the entire Program, students enrolled in the Sanford-Hertie DD Program are eligible to apply for Title IV financial aid to support their attendance in a Duke program. Please make sure you submit a FAFSA each year to be reviewed for eligibility.

From financial education to opportunities, for external funding, please check out our financial aid homepage for a full list of resources!  


Contact Us

For more information about the first year at the Hertie School, please contact For details about the second year at Sanford School of Public Policy, please contact We look forward to hearing from you.