University of St.Gallen


The Master of Arts program in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) is based on an interdisciplinary and globally oriented curriculum that provides students with an advanced general knowledge and understanding of some of the most pressing and complex issues of our time. The program includes courses in economics, political science, business administration, and law. The MIA is a decidedly international education and training program, affording manifold opportunities to study and work abroad. MIA students may choose to pursue their degree either in English or in German.

The University of St.Gallen belongs to various associations connecting the top schools in business education and international affairs studies. The Master in International Affairs and Governance builds on this professional school experience, but is committed to a broader conception of social and political responsibility.

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Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance
Bodanstrasse 8
CH-9000 St. Gallen, 9000

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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.) - 3 semesters

  • - Bachelor's degree in a related major or university Master's degree in a different Major - GMAT or GRE - writing sample (e.g. Bachelor's thesis) - proof of English proficiency - Letter of Motivation - Work experience, extracurricular activities and intercultural mobility are taken into account for admission

Fields of Specialization

Through choice of electives, students can concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Security Policy
  • International Economics
  • Development & democratisation
  • Public Management
  • Environment, climate & ressources

    Joint Degrees

    The MIA program offers students the possibility of participating in an attractive double degree program. Admission is on a competitive basis.

    At present, there are programs in partnership with:

  • The Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris
  • The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in Medford, Boston
  • Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) in Korea.
  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.

    Students attending a double degree program spend one year at the University of St.Gallen and one year at the partner university. Upon completion, they will obtain Master's degrees from two great institutions. A double degree program gives students unparalleled insights and a breadth of knowledge with a genuine cross-border reach. It forms a unique basis for launching a promising international career.

    Core Courses

    The MIA program is based on a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the diverse perspectives constitutive of economics, political science, business administration, and law. Mandatory courses provide the conceptual foundations, research methods, and indepth knowledge required for a thorough understanding of complex international affairs issues.

    Core electives such as specific courses and practical projects enable students to choose and refine their areas of specialization, developing a professional portfolio of their own. The program further includes an attractive array of independent electives and contextual studies. Writing a master's thesis allows students to concentrate on a research question in a subject area of their choice.

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