The M.A.I.S. programme is a two-year academic programme which centres on the advanced study of politics and international relations, international economics, history, and international and European law.

Students have to complete an interdisciplinary thesis in this research-based programme. Equipped with extensive knowledge, strong analytical skills, some language competency, and the experience of an international community, graduates proceed to positions in international organisations, business, and government or to further research and academic careers. The M.A.I.S. is a joint Master’s degree of the Vienna School of International Studies and the University of Vienna.

Target group

University and college graduates of all disciplines and all nationalities who wish to attain profound knowledge of international relations through a multidisciplinary Master’s programme.


MAIS1 In the first year of the Master of Advanced International Studies students attend classes in the fields of political science, international relations, economics and international economic relations, contemporary history, as well as international and European law. The student’s interests, preferences and prior knowledge are taken into account in individual student counselling sessions. The knowledge previously acquired in undergraduate programmes is complemented and supplemented, and the necessary basis for the analysis of specific topic areas in the MAIS2 year is created.

MAIS2 In the second MAIS year students apply the knowledge acquired during the MAIS1 year in specialised courses and seminars to analyse problems and solve case studies. Methodological and interdisciplinary seminars, presented by prominent personalities from politics and science, prepare students for writing their Master’s thesis. In their Master’s thesis students are required to analyse a specific problem in international relations from the aspect of at least two academic disciplines.

Study Trips In the first MAIS year a study trip to Brussels offers students the opportunity to examine European institutions at first hand. During the second MAIS year, there is a study trip to the countries of the Western Balkans. Additional study trips (for example to Ukraine/Poland or Bulgaria) is offered to all programmes.

In addition, there are excursions to international organizations headquartered in Vienna (UNO, OSCE, OPEC, UNIDO, IAEA, EUMC).

Language Training Over the course of the two MAIS years students must complete language courses in German or French comprising at least 4 ECTS. In cooperation with the Language Centre of the University of Vienna and the Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna, the DA offers further optional courses in the official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.


In order to be eligible for admission to the MAIS programme candidates must have: - a university degree in any discipline (minimum 180 ECTS) - an excellent command of English

Those candidates whose mother tongue is not English must furnish evidence of their competence in English in the form of: - a first degree in English - CPE - CAE (grade: A) - IELTS (academic module with a minimum grade of 7.0) - TOEFL (minimum marks of 627 points in the paper test, 263 points in the computer test, or 106 points in the Internet test; DA institutional code / DI code = 7730).

Applications are assessed by the MAIS Admissions Commission. Candidates may also be required to sit a written exam and/or be invited to a personal interview.

Candidates may be admitted directly to the second MAIS year provided they have: - completed the Diploma course of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna or an equivalent university programme (for instance, within the framework of a cooperation agreement of the DA with other universities) or - participated in a first level degree (180 ECTS points) and another graduate programme (60 ECTS points at least) which cover the contents of the MAIS1 year compulsory modules in economics, law, political science and history.

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