Hertie School of Governance

International Affairs (MIA), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    8125
    Tuition (Semester)
    8125
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English
    Language
The Master of International Affairs programme (MIA) at the Hertie School of Governance seeks to prepare outstanding students and young professionals for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global policy challenges in government, diplomacy and international organisations, as well as in the private and civil society sectors.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Policymakers and experts today are confronted with a wide array of global challenges. These range from a crisis-prone global economy and its repercussions, to security challenges such as new regional instabilities, nuclear proliferation, cyber warfare, and conflicts over limited resources. To meet such challenges successfully in a rapidly transforming context, knowing how to navigate the complex landscape of diverse actors and disciplines is crucial.

The interdisciplinary Master of International Affairs programme (MIA) at the Hertie School of Governance equips successful graduates with policymaking tools to tackle global challenges and devise sound policy proposals in a global multilevel system. Building on core courses in economics, statistics, law, and public management, students also choose electives and an area of concentration.

Those interested in developing a solid understanding of international economic policy choose the Finance and Trade concentration. Electives in this concentration deal with the interaction between national and international economic institutions and the impact of their interventions on growth, competition, trade, or other factors such as energy supply.

Students seeking to deepen their knowledge in security issues on the other hand, select the Security and Sustainability concentration. It is based on a comprehensive notion of security that includes issues such as poverty, human rights or climate change, besides old and new geopolitical and military challenges. Special emphasis is given to institutions that are needed for sustainable solutions to security problems.

Graduates gain essential knowledge, academic skills and abilities to enter a career in international politics, administration, business or civil society.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by AQUIN

Programme Structure

Core courses
In the first year, students attend courses in global governance, international economics, international law and security policy. They are equipped with the analytical toolkit to evaluate international policies and to manage international organisations. A practice course in international conflict management supplements the core curriculum. Between the first and second year of study, students gain professional experience in a full-time internship in an international organisation or other relevant institutions.
Electives

In their second year, students choose a concentration in either finance and trade or security and sustainability which they complete with at least three electives from the respective field. Further, they deepen their knowledge with additional international affairs Academic Programme 5 electives or complement their profile with electives from the Hertie School’s Master of Public Policy catalogue.

Master thesis
Students complete their degree requirements with a master thesis, which is typically part of a group project on a topic relevant to international affairs. The thesis is developed and carried out in cooperation with a practice partner and under the guidance of a supervising faculty member.
Key Concentrations

Specialise in one area of international affairs

Students deepen their policy expertise by choosing one of two key concentrations. Those interested in developing a solid understanding of international economic policy choose the Finance and Trade concentration. Electives in this concentration deal with the interaction between national and international economic institutions and the impact of their interventions on growth, competition, trade, or other factors such as energy supply.

Students seeking to deepen their knowledge in security issues on the other hand, select the Security and Sustainability concentration. It is based on a comprehensive notion of security that includes issues such as poverty, human rights or climate change, besides old and new geopolitical and military challenges. Special emphasis is given to institutions that are needed for sustainable solutions to security problems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Candidates with an excellent undergraduate degree and a strong motivation to study international affairs are invited to apply for the programme.

Application requirements

  • Bachelor (or equivalent) from any disciplinary background
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic transcripts
  • Academic letters of reference
  • English proficiency certificate (TOEFL or IELTS)

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 8125 International
  • EUR 8125 EU/EEA
  • Tuition for the entire two-year MIA programme at the Hertie School is €32,500 (€8,125 per semester) 

Funding

Financial aid

The Hertie School offers qualified students scholarships in the form of full or partial tuition waivers. The school also provides advice on acquiring external scholarships and student loans. Most students who require assistance rely on a mixture of tuition waivers, external scholarships, loans and student jobs to finance their studies.

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