Executive Master in Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) - The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

Program Description

Executive Master in Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) - The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

The Executive Master in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy is a One Year Program offered by the University of Siena in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

The degree provides a comprehensive academic foundation in the field of Global Governance, International Relations & Economics, Global Politics and Cultural Diplomacy, with a particular emphasis on the theory, the development and the rapid evolution of global governance institutions in the twentieth century, which in the globalized world of the twenty-first century, is of paramount importance for the next generation of leaders. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, which are further incorporated into the curriculum. Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of International Relations, Global Governance, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, and Development.

The program provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development, preparing students for careers in diverse fields, such as international relations, the humanities, politics, and culture, foreign policy and international economics. The international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies offers students a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities.

On a practical level, it allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices, preparing students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

Program Curriculum

The program consists of 60 ECTS credits in total and has duration of two semesters, which take place in both Berlin, Germany and in Siena, Italy, a Professional Development Training Program, designed individually for each student and a Thesis to be submitted towards the completion of the program. The first semester of the program is hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the second semester is hosted by the University of Siena. This unique structure of the program provides the students with the advantage of learning in 2 different major European cities and thus the opportunity to gain academic, professional and personal experience from living in different cultures. Furthermore, the program’s structure provides a unique opportunity to benefit from the study environment in both an international nongovernmental organization and a traditional public University.

Dates of Next Programs for 2016- 2017

Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall, winter and spring semesters’ start each year. Enrolments are possible for Program's Next Start dates;

Fall Semester 2016 - October 3rd, 2016

Application deadlines:

Fall Semester 2016 - August 15th, 2016 for late admissions


The Master’s Degree is awarded by the University of Siena, which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. As part of the Bologna process, Credits obtained through our MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 60 credits upon completion and will obtain the Title First level of Masters degree (Executive Master).


Individuals studying for an Executive Master in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine academic background with work experience. Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent Degree) of minimum of 3 years studies*, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable.
We do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment.

  • Current undergraduate students are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrolment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts.

All courses are taught in English, thus an Evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants who don’t have English as mother tongue. If you have studied at least 1 semester in an English language and/or have extensive working experience in the English language, a certificate/Document which attests this fact will be sufficient as well.

The application form is found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/index.php?ma-siena
Once submitting the online application form, we will then refer to you with an e-mail, indicating your application reference code and will outlining all the next steps, including the supporting documents required for the application.

Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the program is possible towards Fall, Winter and Spring start, each year


Tuition Cost - The tuition cost is 9,000 Euros for the full program (1 Year), divided into 2 installments of 5,000 Euros and 4,000 Euros. The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expense which you may have.

Personal Costs - The ICD and the University of Siena are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing in Berlin and Siena and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions.

Scholarships and Financial Aid - Scholarships, equaling up to 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on educational excellence and financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process; Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to submit their initial aid application request as soon as they have formally applied to the program, completed the first step of the application, and have been accepted into the program. Scholarships are then determined for the second semester.

To view all the Degree programs offered by the center FOR cultural diplomacy studies, please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ba-ma_list-of-programs

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 2, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2017
1 year
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9,000 EUR
Start date Oct. 2017
Germany Berlin, Berlin Region
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Italy Siena
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9,000 Euros for the full 1 year program