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M.A. HSG in International Affairs and Governance

Course Description

In the Master’s Programme in International Affairs and Governance (MIA), you will work on central problems from politics, the economy and law. We offer you a generalist, interdisciplinary education involving economics, political science, law and business administration. Our students have an opportunity to attend attractive double degree programmes. Because of its practice orientation, the MIA is an ideal qualification for careers in multinational corporations, diplomacy, international organisations, public administration and non-profit organisations.


The MIA Programme is based on a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the diverse perspectives constitutive of economics, political science, business administration and law.
Compulsory courses provide the conceptual foundations, research methods, and knowledge indispensable for a thorough understanding of the complexity of international problems.
• International Governance
• State and Economy
• International Politics, Economics and Business

Specific courses and practical projects in core electives enable you to choose your areas of specialisation and develop a personal profile. The programme includes an attractive array of independent electives and contextual studies. In your Master’s thesis, you will have to concentrate on a research question of your own choice.
Completion of the MIA degree requires 90 course credits (ECTS). The programme usually takes three semesters. Graduates are awarded the Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance (M.A. HSG).

International cooperation

The four double degree programmes with the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in Boston, the Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá provide selected students with an opportunity to obtain Master’s degrees from two reputable institutions within two academic years. Intensive cooperation and the mutual crediting of courses ensure that you receive a high-quality education.
MIA students can also apply for the one-year CEMS Master’s in International Management. In addition to the 190 partner institutions of the HSG, there are also special exchange agreements for MIA students.
The University of St.Gallen is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), which unites 34 leading schools in the United States, Europe and Asia. APSIA promotes excellent Master’s programmes worldwide.

Career perspectives

The MIA opens the door to a great variety of careers and professional fields. The graduates of the past ten years now work in consulting firms, internationally operating companies, public administration, the media, the diplomatic service, development cooperation, international organisations and NGOs, in political parties as well as in universities and think tanks. Moreover, the MIA prepares you for St.Gallen’s Ph.D. Programme in International Affairs and Political Economy. The diversity of careers and professional opportunities is evidence of the value of a generalist education.


Courses in the MIA programme are taught in German or English. Since autumn 2008, students have had the option of pursuing the MIA entirely in English.

Visit the M.A. HSG in International Affairs and Governance page on the University of St Gallen website for more details!

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Daniel Trusilo

2121.jpg “Since my deployment to Iraq as a Captain in the US Army, developing ways to overcome the problems that arise in humanitarian crises has been of great interest to me. Besides enabling me to broaden my knowledge base on this topic, the MIA facilitates access to a network within the International Affairs community. I am now looking forward to my second year of the double degree programme at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.”


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Value of Scholarship(s)

The value depends on the financial situation of each applicant.


To be eligible for either a loan or a scholarship, applicants must be enrolled for a minimum of one semester. Further information can be found under http://www.studyfunding.unisg.ch

Application Procedure

Please read our "Awarding principles and power of attorney" where you can find the qualification criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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Course Fees

CHF 3326 for matriculated foreign students in a regular semester

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