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The Hertie School’s Master of International Affairs seeks to prepare outstanding students and young professionals for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global policy challenges in government, diplomacy and international organisations, as well as in the private and civil society sectors.

Policymakers and experts today are confronted with a wide array of global challenges. These range from a crisis prone global economy and its repercussions, to security challenges such as new regional instabilities, nuclear proliferation, cyber warfare, and conflicts over limited resources. To meet such challenges successfully in a rapidly transforming context, knowing how to navigate the complex landscape of diverse actors and disciplines is crucial.

The interdisciplinary programme equips successful graduates with policymaking tools to tackle global challenges and devise sound policy proposals in a global multilevel system.

Core Courses

In the first year, students attend courses in global governance, international economics, international law and security policy. They are equipped with core policymaking skill sets such as statistical analysis and public management techniques. A practice course in international negotiation and mediation supplements the core curriculum. Between the first and second year of study, students are able to gain professional experience in a full time internship in an international organisation or other relevant institutions.

Specialise in Finance and Trade or Security and Sustainability

The MIA curriculum expects students to deepen their policy expertise by choosing one of two key concentrations. Those interested in developing a solid under­standing of international economic policy choose the Finance and Trade concentration. Electives in this concentration deal with the interaction between national and international economic institutions and the impact of their interventions on growth, com­petition, trade, or other factors such as energy supply.

Students seeking to deepen their knowledge in security issues on the other hand, select the Security and Sustainability concentration. It is based on a com­prehensive notion of security that includes issues such as poverty, human rights and climate change, in addition to old and new geopolitical and military challenges.

Master’s Thesis

MIA students complete their degree requirements with a master’s thesis, which is typically part of a group project on a topic relevant to international affairs. The thesis is developed and carried out in close cooperation with a practice partner and under the guidance of a supervising faculty member.

Academic Exchange

MIA students can take advantage of  the Hertie School’s extensive globald network with several partner universities in the Americas, Europe and across the globe by applying for an exchange semester. They then spend their third semester at a partner university where they attend three to four elective courses.

Dual Degree

For students who want to dive even deeper into another academic environment, the school offers MIA candidates the opportunity to complete a degree from the Hertie School in Berlin and to earn an additional MIA degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York. Students who choose the dual degree spend their first year at the Hertie School and then their second year at SIPA in New York.

Build a professional network

As a professional school for public policy, the Hertie School gives students several opportunities to apply what they are learning and begin building a professional network while still studying. The School regularly invites professionals from fields relevant to International Affairs, many of them alumni, to its Professional Perspectives lecture series. Furthermore students are expected to complete a summer internship between their first and second year of study. The Hertie School’s Career Service Team can assist students in the process of finding suitable internships and is also always available for general and practical career advice (e.g. compiling a CV). For students who want even more professional experience, the school offers the opportunity to take part in the Professional Year programme between the first and second year of studies. Professional partner institutions include Germany’s Development Agency („Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ“) and various German ministries.


Tuition for the two-year MPP and MIA programmes at the Hertie School is currently €29,500 (€7,375 per semester).

This tuition rate applies to the class entering in September 2015.

Tuition Deposit

A €500 tuition deposit (non-refundable) is required in order to secure a place in the incoming class. This payment is part of the first semester tuition.

Other Fees

Campus fee: €284.10

The campus fee includes:

  • Service fee: €71
  • Printer credit: €15
  • Contribution to Hertie Student Association: €14
  • Berlin public transport ticket: €184.10

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Financial Aid

The Hertie School offers qualified students scholarships in form of full or partial tuition waivers. The school also provides advice on acquiring external scholar ships and student loans.



  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • Two letters of reference
  • English proficiency certificate
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Admissions and scholarships are offered on a rolling basis. Applicants who seek financial aid should apply early (between October and February). Late applications can be accepted until 1 May.

To apply, please visit our website. For any questions regarding the application process, you are invited to contact our graduate admissions team at 


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