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Are you looking for access to a global academic and professional network? Are you pursuing career opportunities around the world? Do you aim at understanding complex global issues?. Read more
Are you looking for access to a global academic and professional network? Are you pursuing career opportunities around the world? Do you aim at understanding complex global issues?

The M.A. International Relations (IR) Online at Freie Universität Berlin offers you the opportunity to complete an M.A. degree (120 ECTS) for professionals while staying on the job. The program combines online study (90%) with in-house intensive seminar weeks (10%) and offers innovative learning tools in the field of global politics and regional studies.

The program of the M.A. International Relations Online is taught exclusively in English by international faculty and experts. We offer a full-time option (2 years) and a part-time option (4 years). Wherever you are – just log in and get going. Use the flexibility of International Relations Online to become an expert in international affairs and achieve additional qualifications for higher positions in governmental agencies, multinational corporations, NGOs, and international organizations.


What does International Relations Online offer?

International Relations Online is a Master of Arts degree program of 120 credit units, ECTS standards. You can earn your Master of Arts degree in two years with full-time enrollment and in four years with part-time enrollment. International Relations Online is accessible from anywhere around the world via a digital online platform for distance learning. You will profit from a combination of online modules and face-to-face instruction. The language of instruction is English.

Here are the learning skills you will gain with this online master program:
- Analytical understanding of transformations, developments, and challenges in global politics today
- Ability to tackle global issues with equal hard and soft-skills
- E-competencies by studying online and interacting with peers and professors globally via online blended learning tools
- Intercultural skills by working with people of different cultural and professional backgrounds

Our online learning management system allows you to study wherever you are and whenever you want. You will receive regular and individual feedback and guidance from our instructors.

Please note:
You choose your own learning path by selecting modules according to your interests. The first 4 modules are compulsory for all students, while the other 8 are up to your choice. You can choose between modules from the focus areas and the electives section.

The two focus areas are:
Global Politics - Become a generalist in the issues and tools of IR and global politics while gaining intercultural skills and broaden your horizon.

Area Studies - Become an expert in Eastern Europe with broad knowledge and skills in Areas studies. We are also developing additional modules such as Rising China and Arab Spring Pathways.

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There is no better time to get to know Eastern Europe than right now. The region from the Czech Republic to Russia, Estonia to Bulgaria, Poland to Romania, shares a long tradition of communist rule. Read more
There is no better time to get to know Eastern Europe than right now. The region from the Czech Republic to Russia, Estonia to Bulgaria, Poland to Romania, shares a long tradition of communist rule. But that changed 25 years ago, and the seismic shift is still felt across Europe today.

Join us to study on the world’s only online master program in East European Studies. You can stay on the job while gaining the knowledge, professional skills and network you need to become a leader in your field. Choose full-time or part-time study and take advantage of our additional exchange programs and training opportunities.

Our master program will qualify you for higher positions in NGOs, multinational corporations and other international organizations within Eastern Europe, as well as in governmental agencies where your knowledge of Eastern Europe will make you an expert.

At the Center for Global Politics you will earn your master degree in a convenient blended learning program at Freie Universität Berlin, one of Europe's leading universities. You will do most of your studies online and join us in Berlin for short in-house classes twice each year with a diverse range of peers from around the globe. We will provide you with individualized guidance from our distinguished network of international faculty, headed by Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers.

Come and learn to navigate complexity with us.


East European Studies provides its students with knowledge of Eastern Europe. The advanced graduate degree program teaches the necessary skills for employment by public and private organizations in or concerning the region and also for further scientific work.

The program consists of three different components:
- the online modules offered via our online learning management system
- one-week (Monday through Friday) in-house classes twice a year
- a master thesis.

The complete master program accounts for 120 ECTS credits.

Tuition fees per year of study

- for the full-time option: 5,950 € (plus Freie Universität Berlin university fees of 117,40 €)
- for the part-time option: 3,225 € per year of study (plus 117,40 € Freie Universität Berlin university fees)

Costs arising from the obligatory in-house classes must be paid by the students themselves (travel expenses, room and board).

East European Studies Online has been designed as a two-year full-time study program. In the past, most of our students have successfully managed to combine their studies with the obligations of a full-time job. However, for some students in highly challenging professional contexts, it might be more suitable to study East European Studies Online part-time. If you consider this option, please be aware that you will have to allocate a greater period of time for your studies and tuition fees will be higher.

East European Studies Online offers a virtual exchange option with the Aleksanteri Institute (AI) in Helsinki. One of our modules may be substituted with up to two online modules offered by Aleksanteri Institute (depending on module length and credits).

Without knowledge of at least one East European language, access to the different mind-sets and cultures within Eastern Europe is relatively difficult. Thus, basic linguistic proficiency in one of the national languages of Eastern Europe is an asset.

Learning Objectives

East European Studies Online provides you with the ideal opportunity to gain insight into Eastern Europe, to enhance your global career perspective, and to become part of an exciting network of experts on Eastern Europe while staying on the job. We educate you for success in exciting positions in academia, government, consulting, international organizations, and the media. East European Studies Online offers a holistic educational approach: expertise in relevant knowledge fields, development of your e-competencies, and honing of your soft and intercultural skills.

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