Master of International Affairs

The Master of International Affairs (MIA) equips students with tools of international policymaking to tackle global challenges and devise sound policy proposals in a global multilevel system. Understanding how to navigate this complex landscape of diverse actors and disciplines is at the core of the programme. The MIA programme prepares students for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global policy challenges in government, international organisations, business and civil society.

Key facts

  • 2-year, full-time programme (120 ECTS) in English, MA degree
  • Specialise in finance and trade or security and sustainability
  • Integrated professional development: Internship and Professional Year programme
  • Scholarships available
  • Career services, professional and alumni network
  • Leading international faculty
  • International academic exchanges and dual degrees
  • Tuition: 16,250 Euro per year
  • Accredited by ACQUIN


Combine theory and practice to understand international affairs. Gain an interdisciplinary toolkit to manage global challenges in security and sustainability or finance and trade.

Semester 1

Semester 2


Semester 3

Semester 4

Learn more about recent thesis projects

This short documentary gives you a glimpse of some of the relevant, real world topics that our students at the Hertie School of Governance take on. It is a fusion video, covering three individual thesis projects and their application. [more]

An international student body

MIA students come from over 50 nations and many academic disciplines and professional backgrounds. The average MIA student speaks 4 languages, holds 2 degrees, has completed 3 internships, and has studied, volunteered or worked in 3 countries. Learn more about them:


Apply today

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.

To increase your chances of a scholarship or financial aid, you are encouraged to apply by 1 February. Applications are accepted until 1 May.