24 months
16250 EUR/year
16250 EUR/year
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The Master of International Affairs offered by Hertie School prepares students for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global policy challenges in government, international organisations, business and civil society, in order to tackle global challenges and devise sound policy proposals in a global multilevel system. 

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Master of International Affairs - A global perspective on governance

The Hertie School ’s Master of International Affairs (MIA)  is a 2-year, full-time programme in English that prepares students for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global policy challenges in government, international organisations, business and civil society.

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, cyberwarfare, 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 focuses 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 is 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.

Build a professional network

Professional development and practical training are built into the MIA curriculum. In addition to taking a practice course in international negotiation and two skills trainings to develop their soft competencies, MIA students must complete a summer internship between their first and second year of study. Those who would like to delve more deeply into a work environment can apply to complete a Professional Year. For internships, the school has established relationships with a range of institutions such as ministries, international companies and NGOs.

Exchange programmes with leading universities

As a member of the Global Public Policy Network and CIVICA – the European University of Social Sciences, the Hertie School offers many dual-degree and study abroad opportunities to its students at prestigious partner institutions for international studies around the world. For example, students can gain even more international experience at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.

Berlin – a vibrant European hub for public dialogue

Germany’s capital is an epicentre for policy-makers and public debates. A hub for both political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond, Berlin draws in people from all around the world. The Hertie School, located in the city's "Mitte" neighbourhood, is just minutes away from the German parliament, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks – a fascinating environment for studying international affairs.

Apply today

The MIA programme is open to graduates from all academic disciplines with a strong motivation to study international affairs. 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 wish to apply for financial aid or scholarships are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline on 1 February. Applications will be accepted until 1 May.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Law
  • Global Governance
  • International Security
  • International Organisations
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • International Negotiation


The MIA programme is open to graduates from all disciplines. We are looking for well-rounded applicants with a very good first degree as well as a strong motivation to study international affairs. Relevant professional experience, civic engagement and international experience strengthen your application. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Priority deadline: 1 February
  • Final deadline: 1 May


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Please upload the required supporting documents to the online application portal:

  • Current CV indicating your academic background, work experience, voluntary activities. Please do not include a photo on your CV.
  • Letter of motivation (500-900 words) explaining your specific interest in the study programme and how it relates to your professional aspirations.
  • Copies of official academic transcripts of all attended universities. Every transcript must include a transcript key (an explanation of the grading system). If not in English, we require a certified translation into English. Hard copies are not required until after acceptance into the programme.
  • Copy of English proficiency certificate (for non-native speakers). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    16250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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