Master’s Programme in International Affairs and Governance

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

Program Description
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Master’s Programme in International Affairs and Governance

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

The Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) is designed for students who seek a professional career in business, government, non-profit organisations and international agencies. MIA graduates are trained as generalists and are skilled at integrating the specialist knowledge required to address today’s pressing political, economic, and social problems. Combining interdisciplinary study with a result-oriented approach, the MIA programme prepares graduates for a world in which leaders and professionals must increasingly be able to work across borders, disciplines and sectors.


The MIA programme is based on a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the diverse perspectives constitutive of economics, political science, business administration and law.

Our three compulsory courses “International Governance”, “State and Economy” and “International Politics, Economics and Business” provide the conceptual foundations, research methods and knowledge indispensable for a thorough understanding of the complexity of international problems. Specific courses and practical projects enable you to choose and refine your areas of specialisation, and develop your own personal profile. The programme includes an attractive array of independent electives and contextual studies. Writing a Master’s thesis enables you to concentrate on a research question of your own choice.

The MIA is particularly strong in the fields of trade and development, peace and security, as well as democracy and governance. The curriculum skilfully merges St.Gallen’s proven expertise in economics and business with the analytical study of practical issues pertaining to politics and society as a whole.

Linking theory to practice is a top priority in the MIA programme. There are several ways of bringing theoretical analysis to bear on the solution of distinctly practical problems. Our students participate in projects with experts from international organisations such as the World Bank or the World Trade Organization (WTO). They may earn credits towards their final degree through internships in companies and in public institutions. The University of St.Gallen has a long-standing commitment to provide its students with a rigorous practical training so as to facilitate their smooth transition from university life to professional life as much as possible.

International exchange programmes

Double degrees and other programmes

• The MIA offers students the possibility of participating in attractive double degree programmes. At present, there are partnerships with the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in Medford, Boston, USA, the Graduate School of International Studies of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia

• CEMS Master’s in International Management

• Specific exchange programmes with: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore; School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, Russia; The Graduate Institute (HEID), Geneva, Switzerland

• Exchange programmes with 190 partner universities worldwide

International partner: APSIA

The University of St.Gallen is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), which comprises thirty-five leading schools in the United States, Europe and Asia. APSIA promotes excellence in professional graduate education worldwide by sharing information and ideas among member schools and the wider international affairs community.

Career perspectives

The MIA programme opens the door to a great variety of careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For the past ten years, our graduates have gone on to work in banking and financial institutions, insurance companies, consulting firms and other multinational corporations, federal, state and local governments, development agencies, international organisations and diplomacy, the media, political parties, NGOs, non-profit organisations, as well as universities and research centres. Moreover, the MIA programme prepares students for St.Gallen’s Ph.D. programme in International Affairs and Political Economy.

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Last updated June 23, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 18, 2017
18 months
Full time
3,326 CHF
Apr. 30, 2017
Start date Sept. 18, 2017
Switzerland St.Gallen
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 18 months
Price 3,326 CHF
Fee for Swiss students: CHF 1426