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Master in International Relations

Course Description

The Master in International Relations (MIR) is an innovative postgraduate program developed for graduates wanting to deepen their knowledge in the field of International Relations. Distinguished faculty and top-level professionals make the Master a unique experience. MIR provides a well-balanced combination of theory and practice, enriching the learning process, by focusing on international relations, economics, politics and law, as well as those emerging issues that challenge today’s global system.

Learning objectives

The Master in International Relations program is tailored to train professionals with the analytical skills to comprehend the different elements that constitute our complex world; to develop students’ abilities to collect and interpret information and international events; to manage technical and scientific aspects of international projects; to help students identify and interact with local and global cultures through a multidisciplinary approach and specialized competences.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

Upon completion of the Master in International Relations, students will be prepared to manage and evaluate specific international events and problems from different perspectives, consistently with their training and experience, within a variety of organizations: international institutions, private companies, research centers, public administration, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc.


The Master in International Relations program is spread over four integrated levels aimed at fostering a multidimensional education, which includes research skills, analytical tools and professional development.

1st level - Scientific Training & Management Skills
The course offers an important opportunity to meet internation- al faculty and deepen the theoretical analysis of the economic, political, historical, legal and institutional issues relevant to the global system. Due to the multidisciplinary character of this area, students have the opportunity to study and evaluate specific problems from different, yet connected, perspectives.

2nd level - Advanced Training on Regional Areas
The Master in International Relations includes an advanced training program on the most relevant regional areas that governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and multinational private companies are facing. Professionals and experts from specific fields are involved in planning, organizing, and holding introductory courses, semi- nars and case studies on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle East.

3rd level - Project Work
Students join in the elaboration of a project work where the multidimensional analysis of a problem leads to the identifica- tion of its fundamental nodes.

4th level - Internship
The research activity is completed with an internship that gives students the invaluable opportunity to strengthen competences acquired during the Master in International Relations. It is a key compulsory component of the Master program and usually lasts three months.

Faculty & teaching staff

The Master in International Relations offers high quality training to a group of 25 students from all continents. The learning platform includes lectures, seminars and a tutored internship.

Faculty members:
● Prof. Roberto Zoboli - MIR Director and CERIS-CNR, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Prof. Isabella Alcañiz - University of Maryland, College Park
● Dr. Orlando Arango - European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
● Dr. Raoul Ascari - SACE, Rome
● Prof. Simona Beretta - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Dr. Matteo Borsani - Confindustria, Brussels
● Dr. Marina Calculli - American University of Beirut
● Prof. Emilio Colombo - University of Milano Bicocca
● Prof. Michael Cox - London School of Economics and Political Science, London
● Prof. Paul De Grauwe - London School of Economics and Political Science, London
● Prof. Paul H. Dembinski - University of Fribourg
● Prof. Matthew Anthony Evangelista - Cornell University, Ithaca
● Prof. Marco Gestri - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
● Dr. Andrea Goldstein - OECD, Paris
● Dr. Antonio Graziosi - ILO, Budapest
● Dr. Fabio Graziosi - UNRIC, Brussels
● Prof. Xuewu Gu - University of Bonn
● Prof. G. John Ikenberry - Princeton University
● Prof. Miklós Király - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
● Prof. Ludger Kühnhardt - University of Bonn
● Prof. Marco Lombardi - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Prof. Andrés Malamud - University of Lisbon
● Prof. Aldo Pigoli - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Dr. Manuela Prina - European Training Foundation, Turin
● Dr. Thomas Rosenthal - Fondazione Italia-Cina, Milan
● Prof. Andrea Saccucci - Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli
● Dr. Manuela Tortora - UNCTAD, Geneva
● Prof. Thomas A. Zimmermann - University of St. Gallen

ASERI - a center of excellence

Università Cattolica’s Graduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) combines quality courses with strong connections to the business world. Courses are taught by academic professors, professionals and leaders from all over the world.

A multidisciplinary approach

The openness of such an interdisciplinary Master is a real opportunity to extend your skills and build bridges between what you already know and how to transpose it to the current world.

World-class faculty

Students will take part in team projects and individual internships with the guidance of important academics from different countries and leading professionals from multinational companies, international institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Tailored program

ASERI Masters Programs are in response to the current job market demands: they train students in a constant face-to-face comparison with theoretical topics, but provoking their personalities and experiences to form a practical and highly professional point of view.


All scholarships are assigned on a merit basis and will be mostly given to students who apply by the priority deadline (go to the Masters' Application & Admissions page for deadline information). Some scholarships may also target specific geographic regions.

Scholarship value: €2500- €5000

Language proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to have either TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 80, or Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0, or successfully completed a degree program taught in the English language.

Visit the Master in International Relations page on the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore website for more details!

Student Profiles

Merit-based partial scholarships on 1 year Masters (EU and non EU) - 20+ Awards

Scholarship amounts vary according to program; please check individual page tuition fees & costs. They all consist of tuition fee reduction and are open to EU and NON EU students alike.

Value of Scholarship(s)

varies according to program


Students that have submitted their application form within the first three deadlines, and meet the course program requirements.

Application Procedure

Simply click "yes" on the relevant section of the online application form. Submit the application form within the first 3 deadlines of the program. No separate application or documents are needed; however, there may be a Skype interview for shortlisted candidates. Successful candidates will learn of the outcome via email.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include completion of an undergraduate degree, obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS). The undergraduate degree must be obtained before the start of the program. Candidates best suited for the program will have a background in Political Science, Economics, Law, Humanities, Education, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Social Science, Engineering, Nursing Science, Agronomy, Environmental Science. This Master is however also open to all graduates from other faculties. Università Cattolica will evaluate candidates’ academic and personal background and decide if they meet the specific conditions for admission to the program.

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