Fact sheet MIA
Our fact sheet gives you an overview of the most important information about the Master's Programme in International Affairs and Governance (MIA).
Master's program: International Affairs and Governance (MIA)
Degree: Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG)
Program start: Fall semester (calendar week 38)
Duration: 1.5 years / 3 semesters, full-time
Credits: 90 ECTS
Program language: English
Program running since: 2003
Accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB
Application window: 1st October to 30th April
The Master's Program in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) complements the HSG's well-established Business perspective with components from Economics, Law, and Political Science.
The MIA emphasizes multi- and interdisciplinary courses that put equal weight on topics in business administration, economics, law, and political sciences and make use of innovative teaching formats. Specifically, the curriculum is structured along three pillars – thematic, methodological, and professional - for an optimal balance between fundamental knowledge, empirical applications, and professional education.
In addition, students may pursue one of four clusters of specialization:
Security and Conflict
Democracy and Governance
Business and Public Policy
Sustainability and Development
The MIA teaches you the skills and knowledge needed to study complex real-world problems in an evidence-based and integrated manner. There is a large number of practice-oriented features such as seminars, tutorials, case-based teaching, and platforms of active participation such as seminars, workshops, colloquiums, labs, and consultancy courses.
In addition, you may also earn so-called “Practice Credits” through internships in companies and public institutions that are credited to your degree.
The MIA prepares you for an attractive professional career. More than half of our graduates work in the private sector, e.g. banking and financial institutions, insurance companies, consultancies, and other multinational corporations. On the public sector side, about 45% are employed by federal, state and local governments, development agencies, international organizations, the media, non-profit organizations as well as universities and research centers.
The MIA curriculum combines and integrates perspectives from political science, economics, business administration, and law.
Language/ duration/ credits
The Master's degree program is taught in English. It takes three semesters and starts in the autumn semester. A total of 90 ECTS have to be completed as follows.
The core studies (54 ECTS) are composed of Compulsory Subjects (30 ECTS), Core Electives (ranging from 16-24 ECTS), and Independent Electives (up to 8 ECTS).
Our core program is supplemented by the Contextual Studies (18 ECTS). These are composed of Skills (0-6 ECTS) as well as Concentrations (12-18 ECTS). Practice Credits or Campus Credits can also be credited towards Contextual Studies.
The Master’s thesis (18 ECTS) offers a chance for an in-depth exploration of a subject of your choice within the broad range of International Affairs. It is accompanied by an MIA Thesis Colloquium.
«Master of Arts HSG in International Affairs and Governance»
MIA Admission Criteria
Recognized university degree with at least 180 ECTS credit points.
Language requirements in the language of instruction English.
Please consult our website for further details and the most up-to-date information about the admission criteria.
The degree program starts in the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.
Application period: 1st October - 30th April
Through a number of highly attractive programs, we cooperate with renowned schools of International Affairs:
Sciences Po Paris
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Boston
Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies Seoul
Universidad de los Andes Bogotá
A Double Degree program gives you the possibility to acquire a splendid international experience. As a Double Degree student, you spend one year at the University of St.Gallen and a second year at one of our partner institutions. Upon completion of two academic years, you are awarded two Master’s degrees. Alternatively, MIA students may apply for the CEMS - a one-year Master’s degree course in International Management, which is a prestigious joint Degree Programme offered by the Community of European Management Schools.