Governance and Global Affairs

Two-year English-language Master’s Degree Program in International Affairs.

M.A. program ‘Governance and Global Affairs’ is designed to provide Russian and international students with necessary skills required for employment in international organizations. The curriculum best serves those students who are willing to become directly involved in politics, government or political organizations. Courses are designed to help graduates embrace their role as global citizens who are able and willing to be part of an international, multicultural environment. The program may be especially useful for applicants interested in Russian domestic politics, state and legal systems, economics and international relations.

At least some command of Russian is recommended but not required. Students from countries other than Russia will attend courses in the Russian language — 10 academic hours per week.

The M.A. year begins with an intensive program in politics, international relations, economics, designed to strengthen students’ skills. All courses are taught in English. If candidates’ command of Russian is adequate, during the M. A. academic year they can select additional courses from the courses available to the Russian students of Master’s Program in International Relations and Political Science taught in Russian.

Some courses are essentially lecture/discussion; others are seminars in which students present papers for group discussion and workshops based on field research, participation by visiting experts, and group reports.

Academic supervisor of the program is Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs, PhD in Political Sciences, Dr. Andrey Baykov.

The admission to the program is carried on the basis of student’s portfolio that should be sent to the coordinator’s e-mail.
Application deadline: June 15th


  • The completed University application form
  • Passport copy
  • CV/Resume that includes professional experience, educational background, and other relevant experience
  • Application essay (motivation letter for 2-3 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • Copy of official transcript from each college and graduate school attended
  • Copy of English language certificates (for non-native English speakers): IELTS (minimum 6,5), TOEFL, CAE, CPE
  • Apostilled Diploma (to be presented before December, 1 of the first academic year)


  • 7000 Euro per year

The curriculum of the ‘Governance and Global Affairs’ program combines training in analytical methods and practical management skills to ensure that graduates are prepared to understand problems and implement solutions. Students combine these core skills with a focus on a policy area of their choice.

Program graduates have employment opportunities in federal, state, and local governments and with private civic groups, interest groups, and political groups. Students who go on to graduate work can expect to find appointments in college teaching. MGIMO graduates are in high demand by employers in business and industry.

  • Politician
  • Diplomat
  • Federal and Regional Government Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Policy Institute Analyst
  • Public Sector Manager
  • Political Consultant
  • Political and Business Information Analyst

Toward the end of their studies students engage in a practice-oriented internship. Internship Program helps considerably in finding employment upon graduation.


The curriculum of the program «Governance and Global Affairs» consists of core disciplines and elective courses. That allows each student to make an individual schedule appropriate to his professional interests and personal inclinations.

Students study for three semesters. The fourth semester is planned for internship and master thesis writing.

For successful graduation students need to pass final exams and defend the Master’s thesis. Upon graduation students are awarded Master’s degree in International Relations.

Core subjects:

  • Language
  • Megatrends and global challenges
  • International Situation Analysis
  • Historical foundations of Russia’s foreign policy (till 1990)
  • Global Security and Modern International Conflicts
  • Contemporary Russian’s Foreign Policy and Strategy
  • Great Powers and Regional Subsystems in World Politics
  • Global Governance and International Institutions
  • International Development Assistance
  • Strategies for Innovation: A Comparative
  • Russian and Global Economy

Academic Calendar of the Program
Fall semester:

  • September 1st — December 31rd
  • January 10th — January 25th examination session

Vacations: January 26th — February 6th
Spring Semester:

  • February 7th — May 31st
  • June 1st —June 25th examination session

Timetable at Master’s Programs*
1st class: 14:30-15:50
2nd class: 16:00-17:20
3rd class: 17:30-18:50
4th class: 19:00-20:20
*Intensive modules by visiting professors can be out of Schedule

Classes’ attendance is obligatory. Absence from 30 academic hours leads to expulsion.

Final Grading

  • EXAM — held during the examination session
  • ZACHET — held during the last week of study

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Coordinator of the program: Ms. Maria Zakharova
Phone: +7 (499) 431-39-14

The program also includes double degree modules with Reading University (Great Britain), LUISS University (Italy), Geneva University (Switzerland).