Hertie School of Governance

International Affairs (MIA), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English
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.


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 (MIA) programme 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.

A global perspective on governance

The practice-oriented curriculum gives students a firm understanding of the international and transnational dimension of policymaking.

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.


  • Accredited by AQUIN

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Organisations
  • Global Governance
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • International Security
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

You must have completed at least an undergraduate degree (bachelors or equivalent) in order to be admitted. If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree at the time of application, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must complete all of your undergraduate academic course work and exams by 1 September in order to matriculate.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 16250 International
  • EUR 16250 EU/EEA


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.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.