The Master’s Programme in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) is designed for students who seek a professional career in business, government, non-profit organisations and international agencies. MIA graduates are trained as generalists and know how to integrate the specialist knowledge required to address today’s pressing political, economic and social problems. Combining interdisciplinary study with a result-oriented approach, the MIA programme prepares graduates for a world in which leaders and professionals must increasingly be able to work across borders, disciplines and sectors.
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. Specific courses and practical projects enable you to choose and refine your areas of specialisation, and develop your own personal profile. The programme includes an attractive array of independent electives and contextual studies. Writing a Master’s thesis enables you to concentrate on a research question of your own choice. The MIA is particularly strong in the fields of trade and development, peace and security, as well as democracy and governance. The curriculum skilfully merges St. Gallen’s renowned expertise in economics and business with the analytical study of practical issues pertaining to politics and society as a whole. Linking theory to practice is a top priority in the MIA programme. There are several ways of bringing theoretical analysis to bear on the solution of distinctly practical problems. Our students participate in projects with experts from international organisations such as the European Central Bank or the World Trade Organization (WTO). They may earn credits towards their final degree through internships in companies and in public institutions. The University of St. Gallen has a long-standing commitment to provide its students with a rigorous practical training so as to facilitate their smooth transition from university to professional life as much as possible.
The four double degree programmes with the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in Boston, Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá provide selected students with the opportunity to obtain Master’s degrees from two renowned institutions within two academic years. MIA students can also apply for the one-year CEMS Master’s in International Management. In addition to the more than 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 36 leading schools in the United States, Europe and Asia.
The MIA programme opens the door to a great variety of careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Our graduates now work in banking and financial institutions, insurance companies, consulting firms and other multinational corporations, federal, state and local governments, development agencies, international organisations and diplomacy, the media, political parties, NGOs, non-profit organisations, as well as universities and research centres. Moreover, the MIA prepares you for St. Gallen’s Ph.D. Programme in International Affairs and Political Economy.
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.
“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.”