Master of International Affairs


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Program Description

A global perspective on governance

The Hertie School’s Master of International Affairs (MIA) is a 2-year, full-time programme in English that equips outstanding students and young pro­fessionals with tools of international policymaking to tackle global challenges and devise sound policy proposals in a global multilevel system. MIA graduates are well prepared 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 crisis­prone 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.

Specialise in one area of international affairs

Students attend courses in global governance, international economics, international law and security policy. Interdisciplinary and problem-oriented teaching offer hands-on preparation that students can apply across borders, disciplines and sectors. A practice course in international conflict management and mediation supplements the curriculum.

Students choose between two concentrations:

  • Finance and trade focus on the interaction between national and international economic institutions and their impact on growth, competition, trade or other factors such as energy supply.
  • Security and sustainability are based on a comprehensive notion of security that includes issues such as poverty, human rights, climate change, as well as old and new geopolitical and military challenges.

In addition, students complete courses from a wide portfolio of electives to deepen their expertise in a specific policy field. They apply their analytical skills by writing their master’s thesis on a topic relevant to international affairs.

Get a glimpse of some of the relevant, real-world topics that our students take on

Study abroad

Tokyo. Geneva. Singapore. Toronto. Beijing. Or Cairo. – The Hertie School offers its Master’s candidates more than just a degree. Students can gain experience at partner institutions around the world during a semester-long academic exchange as well as within a dual degree programme.

Build a professional network

As a professional school for public policy, the Hertie School gives students several opportunities to apply what they are learning and begin building a professional network. All students complete an internship between their first and second year of study. For those who want even more professional experience, the school offers a Professional Year. For internships and the Professional Year, the school has established relationships with a range of institutions such as ministries, international companies and NGOs.

Financial aid and scholarships

The Hertie School is committed to attracting the best students from around the world. To achieve this goal we provide financial support to students in the form of full and partial tuition waivers. Currently, about 50% of students receive funding directly from the school. Special focus scholarships are available for exceptional students with specific profiles. Most students rely on a mixture of tuition waivers, external scholarships, loans and student jobs to finance their studies.

Apply today

The MIA programme is open to graduates from all academic disciplines with a strong motivation to study public policy. Academic performance, personal suitability and motivation are taken into account when evaluating applications. Admission offers and scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Applicants who seek financial aid are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline on 1 February. Applications will be accepted until 1 May.

Berlin – vibrant hub of European public dialogue

Germany's capital is a hub for political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond. Located in the city's “Mitte” neighbourhood, the Hertie School is just minutes away from the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the epicentre for political decision-makers and policy debates. It's also a city where history is all around, a fascinating backdrop for studying public policy. Berlin draws young people from around the world, bringing with them a diverse set of cultures, skills and activities. Among Berlin’s many assets is its affordability. Housing and general expenses are relatively lower than in many major capitals worldwide. It’s especially welcoming for students, with countless special discounts at many venues.

About the Hertie School

The Hertie School is an international teaching and research centre of excellence located in vibrant and cosmopolitan Berlin. Exceptional teaching, research and outreach on international and intersectoral governance challenges are the school’s hallmark.

Our motto is Understand today. Shape tomorrow. We attract a highly talented student body from diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds—united by a desire to make a difference and to bring about a better future. We offer them a study environment characterised by close interaction with faculty, lively public debates and engagement with current policy developments. In addition, our students have access to the School’s global network that includes the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po in Paris, Columbia University in New York and many other excellent public policy schools worldwide.

As an ambassador of good governance and public stewardship, the Hertie School has become a hub for top scholars and researchers, as well as experts and representatives from the spheres of politics, business and civil society who contribute to events at the school. Our students actively contribute to these debates and regularly spearhead their own initiatives to foster the public good.

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