The Dual Degree in WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security


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Program Description

Programme Profile

WMD Nonproliferation, Nuclear Policy and Global Security is the first Russian-American master’s programme at MGIMO, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Russia, the United States, and other countries.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and PIR Center have partnered to develop the Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies.

Our Aim

The programme prepares students for professional careers in the nonproliferation field in national governments, international organizations, academia, think tanks, and the private sector. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on global security, history, science and technology, area studies, public policy, and research methods—with a particular emphasis on practical skills.

Intended Outcomes

The programme will provide students with essential competencies:

  • advanced knowledge of WMD nonproliferation regimes, both global and regional
  • knowledge about peaceful uses of nuclear energy and how to minimize potential proliferation risks
  • familiarity with best practices in nuclear and WMD security
  • knowledge of arms control and disarmament
  • knowledge of terrorism and tools for countering it
  • quantitative analysis skills
  • foreign language skills
  • strong practical skills from internship opportunities in Moscow, Monterey, Washington, D.C., Geneva, and Vienna

Unique Courses and Programme Structure

Students will take classes at MGIMO in Moscow in the fall semester of the first year. They will take classes at MIIS in Monterey in the second and third semesters (spring of the first year and fall of the second year). The fourth and final semester will be devoted to an internship and thesis preparation, with the student’s location determined on a case-by-case basis. The total workload of the programme is 120 ECTS credits (60 U.S. credits), including classes and internships, as well as preparation and defence of a master’s thesis. All courses are delivered in English. However, native English speakers will also study Russian or another language.

Dual Degree

The graduates are awarded two master’s degrees: one from the Middlebury Institute with a degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies (MANPTS) and the other from MGIMO University with a degree in international affairs.

Internship Opportunities

Students may spend their fourth semester in the United States, Russia, or another location. They are expected to do an internship of at least 12-weeks duration. MGIMO, MIIS, and PIR Center will assist with internship placement, including the possibility of intern positions in government agencies, international organizations, and think tanks. Possible international organizations for internship placement include the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

Careers in Nonproliferation, Nuclear Energy and Security

Students will gain skills they can apply immediately, while you are still going to school. When students graduate from two key universities in international studies, they become part of the worldwide networks of MIIS and MGIMO alumni that will open doors wherever they go.

They pursue careers in governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), and international organizations committed to nonproliferation and counter-terrorism. Others who have an interest in an academic career go on to obtain doctorates at major research universities.

Information for Applicants

Application Deadline: April 30th


The MIIS / MGIMO Dual Degree is open to applicants of all nationalities, including those with little or no professional experience.

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field. Applicants may apply in the same year they obtain their degree.
  • Excellent academic records from previous studies, including a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  • Proficiency in English is required. Preferred minimum scores: IELTS 6.5 TOEFL 79 (IBT) or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in Russian is welcome but not required.

How to Apply

Applicants who wish to commence their studies in the fall must complete an application form by April 30. All applications should be submitted to the Middlebury Institute.
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Application Checklist

Applicants must submit the following documents* to the Middlebury Institute:

  • Application form and application fee
  • Transcripts from previous undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate degrees
  • Statement of purpose
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (one required, two preferred)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers)
  • GREs are not required but are highly recommended

* All documents have to be submitted in English

Tuition Fee: 50 000 US dollars for 2 years

Scholarship Opportunities

  • MIIS offers scholarships, which in practice reduce the cost of tuition up to 50%. They are available for students of any citizenship.
  • Student loans sponsored by the U.S. government are available for U.S. citizens.
  • On the base of agreement between MGIMO and Sberbank, educational loans with state support are available for Russian citizens


Academic advisors of the programme are Dr Alexander Nikitin (from MGIMO) and Dr Vladimir Orlov (from PIR Center).

Coordinator of the programme: Mr Aleksei Dundich


Last updated Jan 2020

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