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 careers in government, diplomacy, security, internaitonal organisations, as well as in the private and third sectors. The curriculum incorporates practical skills for global careers and interdisciplinary training.
Specialise in one area of international affairs
For your second semester, you will choose one of three areas of concentration:
- International security – tackle today's global security problems in national governments, international organisations, NGOs, think tanks and academia, as well as the private sector.
- European governance – gain a solid foundation in the EU's internal workings and explore the interaction between EU and national law, politics and policy.
- Human rights and global governance – focus on human rights and international law, and understand the complex challenges posed by multi-national policymaking.
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 head start on your career
Career development and practical training are integrated into the MIA curriculum. In addition to developing soft skills in two professional development workshops, MIA students take an international negotiation simulation course. All 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. To help students meet future employers, the school has established relationships with a range of institutions such as ministries, international companies and NGOs.
At the Hertie School, we know that career planning is a lifelong matter. Our dedicated career team is here for you – both during your time at the Hertie School and after you graduate. Schedule a one-on-one career counselling session or take part in group workshops, alumni panels and other exclusive events.
Want to gain even more international experience? Spend one year at the Hertie School in Berlin and one year at a world-renowned partner institution. At the en dof the two-year programme, graduate with a degree from each university. The Hertie School has dual degrees with the following partners for the MIA programme:
- Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
- Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
- Bocconi University
- School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Berlin – an exciting city for students
Explore one of the coolest European capitals with your public transport ticket! With a student ID, not only can you use Berlin's extensive network of buses, trams, trains and subway lines to discover the city at a discount, but you can also take part in many cultural and social events at specially reduced rates. From art, music and politics, to shopping, trying different international cuisines, exploring nature and more, Berlin has something for everyone.
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. If you wish to apply for financial aid or scholarships, we encourage you 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.
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. As a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and CIVICA – the European University of Social Sciences, the Hertie School gives students access to an exciting 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 is a hub for top scholars, 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.
The Hertie School is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, and is accredited by the state and the German Science Council. The MIA programme is accredited by ACQUIN.
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- International Law
- Global Politics
- International Negotiation
- Professional Development Workshops
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 will strengthen your application.
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Priority deadline: 1 February
- Final deadline: 1 May
DisciplinesInternational Relations International Development Political Science View 14 other Masters in International Development in Germany
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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 who did not complete their entire undergraduate degree in English).
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International17250 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17250 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA17250 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17250 EUR per year during 24 months.
The Hertie School offers partial tuition waivers and full scholarships. If you seek financial assistance, we recommend applying by 1 February.
Living costs for Berlin
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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 our 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.
If you wish to apply for financial assistance from the Hertie School, we recommend submitting your application before our priority deadline on 1 February.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.