Two-year English-language Master’s Degree Program in International Affairs

Two master’s degrees in a shorter period of time

Broad career opportunities & enhancement of international contacts

International experience & comprehensive knowledge

Improvement of one’s foreign language skills

Experience two different universities and countries


MA Governance and Global Affairs
MGIMO, Moscow

Tuition fee 1st year at MGIMO: 7000 € (paid to MGIMO)

Program profile

M.A. program «Governance and Global Affairs» provides Russian and international students with necessary skills required for employment in international organizations. The curriculum best serves those students who are willing to become directly involved in politics, government or political organizations. Courses are designed to help graduates embrace their role as global citizens who are able and willing to be part of an international, multicultural environment. The program provides students with profound knowledge about contemporary politics, international diplomacy, governmental and legal systems, economics and international relations and security with focus on Russia.

Academic advisor of the program: Vice-rector for masters and international programmes, Dr. Andrey Baykov.

Basic course structure

The curriculum of the program «Governance and Global Affairs» consists of core disciplines and elective courses. That allows each student to make an individual schedule appropriate to his professional interests and personal inclinations.

The work is divided among lectures, seminars and workshops based on field research, participation by visiting experts, and group reports. For successful graduation students need to pass final exams and defend the Master’s thesis.

Upon graduation students are awarded Master’s degree in International Relations.

Fall semester

  • September 1st — December 31st
  • January 10th — January 25th examination session
  • January 26th — February 6th vacation

Spring Semester

  • February 7th — May 30th
  • June 1st — June 25th examination session
  • June 26th — August 31st vacation

Timetable at Master’s Programsp *


  • 1st class: 14:30-15:50
  • 2nd class: 16:00-17:20
  • 3rd class: 17:30-18:50
  • 4th class: 19:00-20:20

* Intensive modules by Visiting Professors can be out of Schedule

Final Grading

  • EXAM — held during the examination session
  • ZACHET — held during the last week of study

Classes’ attendance is obligatory. Absence from 30 academic hours leads to expulsion.

Total 120 ECTS Credits



ECTS Credits


Great Powers and Regional Subsystems in World Politics T.A.Shakleina, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 2
Megatrends and global challenges I.V.Bolgova, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 2
Historical foundations of Russia’s foreign policy A.A.Sushentsov, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 2
Global Security and Modern International Conflicts Y.A.Nikitina, Department of World Politics; M.Y.Apanovich, Department of Demography and Migration Policy 2
Foreignge 4


Strategic Intelligence А.О.Bezrukov, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 2
Modern Economic Strategy of Russia E.B.Zavialova, Department of Economic Policy and Public-Private Partnership 2
International Migration Management M.Y.Apanovich, Department of Demography and Migration Policy 2
Doing Business in Russia D.A. Degteryov, Department of World Economics 2
Module of Visiting Professor 2



ECTS Credits


Contemporary Russian’s Foreign Policy and Strategy A.V.Khudaykulova, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 2
Russian and Global Economy A.S.Bulatov, Department of World Economics 4
Global Governance and International Institutions L.M.Kapitsa, Department of World Economics; M.Y.Apanovich, Department of Demography and Migration Policy 4
Foreign 4


Energy Diplomacy I.V.Bolgova, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 2
Media Policy in Digital Era A.V.Gumensky, Department of Public Relations 2
Rhetoric and Public Speach V.S.Kurmakaeva, Department of English 2
Legal system of Russia V.V.Subochev, Department of Constitutional Law 2
Russia-East Asia: contemporary trends A.Y.Arapova, BRICS Centre 2
Module of Visiting Professor 2
Master Thesis’s Preparation 12

* For full MGIMO degree



ECTS Credits


International Situation Analysis I.A.Istomin, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 2
International Development Assistance L.M.Kapitsa, Department of World Economics 4
WMD Nonproliferation and global issues V.A.Orlov, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems 4
Foreign 6


Modern Financial Markets V.N.Tkachyov, Department of Global Finances; I.B.Turuev, Department of Banks, Currency and Credits 2
Modern Political Atlas I.Y.Okunev, Department of Comparative Politics 2
Modern Network Diplomacy V.M.Morozov, Department of Diplomacy 2
Module of Visiting Professor 2

* For full MGIMO degree


ECTS Credits


Internship 18
Master Thesis’s Preparation 9
Final State Exams Master Thesis’s Defence 9


Students study for three semesters. The fourth semester is planned for internship and master thesis writing. Internship helps considerably to broaden the range of contacts and find employment upon graduation. Students take internship in the following organizations: diplomatic representative offices, UN bodies, EU bodies, Rosatom, RIAC, Rosneft, Lukoil, Eurasian Economic Union, Carnegie Centre, trade chambers, media, etc.

Career opportunities

When you complete a degree at MGIMO, you will join a global community of University graduates. You will benefit from careers opportunities and professional networking.

Program graduates have employment opportunities in private and state companies, international organizations and NGOs, media companies, diplomatic service and academia, think tanks, universities and research centers. MGIMO graduates are in high demand by employers in business and industry.


Students should initially apply for a double degree or full MGIMO degree and indicate it in their application forms.

Double degree modules

M.A. program «Governance and Global Affairs» includes double degree modules with Reading University (Great Britain), LUISS University (Italy), Geneva University (Switzerland). It offers the advantageous chance to study at two universities and get a master’s degree from both.

Admissions information and requirements

Approximately 30 students from all over the world are annually enrolled in the program which tends to attract applicants from a fairly diverse range of academic backgrounds.

  • Students should initially apply for a double degree or full MGIMO degree and indicate it in their application forms.
  • Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, relevance to the proposed field of study preferred
  • All courses are taught in English
  • At least some command of Russian is recommended but not required. Students from countries other than Russia will attend courses in the Russian language — 10 academic hours per week in MGIMO
  • If candidates’ command of Russian is adequate, during the M.A. academic year they can select additional courses from the courses available to the Russian students of Master’s Program in International Relations and Political Science taught in Russian in MGIMO
  • The admission to the program is carried on the basis of student’s portfolio that should be sent to the coordinator’s e-mail

Application deadline: June 15th

Required documents

  • The completed University application form
  • Online application
  • CV/Resume that includes professional experience, educational background, and other relevant experience
  • Application essay (motivation letter)
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional/academic)
  • Copy of official transcript from each college and graduate school attended
  • Copy of language certificates: IELTS (6,5), TOEFL, CAE, CPE (for non-native English speakers)
  • Passport copy
  • Apostilled Diploma (to be presented before December, 1 of the first academic year)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT 500) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) *

* for Double master’s degree program MGIMO — University of Geneva


Andrew Korybko
Political analyst and program host, Sputnik HQ in Moscow;
expert on Hybrid Warfare; regular invitee to Pakistani-based security conferences
Governance and Global Affairs
Class 2013-2015

MGIMO played an important role in the early stages of my career simply by virtue of those five letters opening up so many doors for me in Russia. The university’s reputation is universally known and deeply respected here, which in turn enables ambitious students to leverage its name to their advantage if they’re professionally inclined to do so.

Russians are well aware that some of their country’s most prominent political figures, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, graduated from this institution, as did leaders in the post-Soviet space such as Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, so they hold it in the highest of regards. That’s why companies in Moscow are inclined to positively review MGIMO alumni’s internship and employment applications, thus boosting the applicant’s chances of successfully being hired and given the chance that they’re looking for to begin their career.

David Kelm
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Governance and Global Affairs
Class 2013-2015

I chose MGIMO for a true education – for the opportunity to think differently, to challenge my opinions, and to get outside of my comfort zone. I received exactly that from MGIMO, an experience for which I am grateful. Two years at MGIMO immersed me in a wide range of perspectives, from faculty and students alike.

Top Russian academics perform most full-time instruction, but guest lecturers included European parliamentarians, American businessmen, former Russian intelligence officers, consultants for McKinsey & Company, and more. Our students came from Europe, the Near East, East Asia, and the Americas. This diverse group of instructors and peers forced me – one of the only Americans in my program – to defend my points of view or rethink my previous conceptions. Passive participation was not an option!

Moscow also offers the chance for foreign affairs-minded students to begin their careers – an opportunity rendered more accessible thanks to the master’s programs’ requirement to perform an internship during the final semester of studies. My peers and I found work in think tanks, foreign embassies, the Russian government, inter- and non-governmental organizations, and throughout the private sector.

Beyond your studies, Moscow has limitless opportunities to enjoy yourself: it truly ranks as one of the world’s top cities. From world class museums to shopping, beautiful parks to concerts and nightlife, it is impossible not to have a great time. For those who like to travel, getting around the country and the region is quick, reliable, and affordable.

If you want to think critically, be exposed to hands-on work in your academic field, and spend two years in one of the most amazing places on the planet, consider MGIMO.


Program Coordinator:
Ms. Maria Zakharova
+7 499 431-39-14