School of Governance and Politics


  • SGP offers the best bachelor and master degree programs in political science and public administration in Russia;
  • SGP has the double degree bachelor program «Multilateral Diplomacy» in international relations with Swiss School for International Relations (Geneva, Switzerland). Upon graduation students obtain two degrees awarded by MGIMO (Degree in International Relations) and the respective partner university (Degree in Law).
  • SGP students may take a wide range of free internships in the leading universities of Europe and Asia;
  • SGP has a unique digital environment aimed at supporting academic studies and research activities;
  • SGP bachelor and master programs are practice-oriented and provide for direct contacts with prospective employers, which include Russian federal and regional executive and legislative bodies together with mass media, state-owned corporations and businesses.
  • SGP master courses start at 7 PM and are based on a module system.
  • SGP master program «Smart City Management» is included in the top 10 of the best master programs in Russia, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
  • SGP implements Russia’s first MSU-MGIMO dual-degree program in Political Science.
  • 81% of SGP master’s students are employed in their first year of master’s degree.


Based on its extensive successful experience accumulated over the years, the School of Governance and Politics is intended to create a brand new generation of public servants who will be able to act in a highly competitive environment, have fluency in foreign languages together with expertise in strategic, innovation and crisis management and a deep understanding of current political processes both nationally and internationally, including, inter alia, an excellent educational background in law and economics. An alumnus of the SGP is perfectly positioned as a government official, politician, staff member of departments or agencies providing expert and analytical support for government authorities, or a GR manager for a major national corporation.


The specializations offered by the SGP include Public and Municipal Administration, Political Science, and International Relations. Applicants can choose any of these specializations during the admission campaign, and third year students are to select their respective program curriculum involving a wide range of special disciplines, topics for scientific research and a variety of internship options. The School has introduced the positions of program moderators and tutors who are in charge of developing soft skills and hard skills of the SGP students both during term time and outside of school hours. By the time the students are to be assigned to their internships, the School will already have a clear vision of their job skills, expertise and the relevant industry or field of professional activities suitable for each particular student.

The SGP bachelor programs include:

Public and Municipal Administration Track

  • Digital Public Governance;
  • Management of International Projects;
  • Big Data Governance.

Political Science Track

  • Public Policy Technology;
  • Statecraft;
  • Political Systems of the World.

International Relations Track

  • World Politics;
  • International Security.


Public and Municipal Administration Track

  • Public Administration program, which includes:

Major in Management of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Projects;
Major in Governance of State-owned Corporations;
Major in Smart Cities Management.

Political Science Track

  • Government and Corporate Strategies program, which includes:

Major in GR and Business Diplomacy;
Major in National Security Strategies;

  • International Political Consulting program.

International Relations Track

  • International Humanitarian Cooperation program


  • Post-soviet Public Policy (jointly with Moscow State University);
  • Russian Policies Studies (jointly with Moscow State University).

Contact us
Bachelor programs:
Sofia Ustimenko, the Secretary of the Admission Committee, School of Governance and Politics
Tel.: +7 905 598-30-28

Master’s programs:
Maria Utkina, Deputy Dean for Master’s Programs and International Cooperation, School of Governance and Politics
Tel.: +7 495 229-54-24, +7 495 229-40-57