International Programs
MGIMO University

"Governance and Global Affairs" M.A. in Int.Affairs

This curriculum best serves those students who want to become directly involved in political process or government, while instructing them how to operate in an increasingly international and multicultural environment.
Vice Rector, Dr. A. Khudaykulova

Governance and Global Affairs M.A. in Int.Affairs 

The two-year long Master of International Affairs (M.A.) Program at MGIMO University's is designed to prepare both Russian and international students for employment in politics, government, international affairs, public administration, public policy, public speaking and writing. This curriculum best serves those students who want to become directly involved in the political process, government or political organization. For those not interested in pursuing a law school, the program prepares graduates for employment in public or political organizations or for work in legal fields in a non-lawyering capacity. Courses help graduates better understand their role as global citizens who will live and be employed increasingly in an international, multicultural environment.

Academic advisor of the program is Dr. A. Khudaykulova, Vice Rector for Educational Program Development.

Governance and Global Affairs M.A. program may be interesting above all for two types of applicants:

Applicants from countries other than Russia who are interested in Russian domestic politics, state and legal systems, economics and international relations. At least some command of Russian is recommended but not required; for students from countries other than Russia training will include courses on Russian language; the School provides an extensive teaching of “Russia knowledge”: interethnic relations in Russia, specifics of doing business in Russia, understanding Russian political culture and key political processes and conflicts.

Russian citizens and residents who have a good command of English language who are eager to study disciplines stipulated by the Federal Educational Standard in English; for Russian citizens the program provides unique opportunities to become a new type of a bilingual officers for federal and regional governments and business officers equally well prepared for work in politics, international organizations, economic fields, and media in and outside Russia; for Russian students intensive course of advanced English is also provided.


M.A. students benefit from:

  • a small Master Degree program designed within a major Russian international studies oriented university;
  • a diverse student body and alumni network;
  • close working relationships between world-renowned faculty;
  • an innovative curriculum;
  • an attention to career-building skills in all areas of public affairs.


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.


M.A. candidates typically undertake programs of study that combine courses in Russian politics and public affairs, public management, policy analysis, international relations and global economy.

Russian Politics, Public Affairs and Public Management

  • Russian History
  • Governance and Government: Russia in Comparative Perspective
  • Basics of Law System in Russia
  • Political Process in Contemporary Russia
  • State and Civil Society in Russia
  • Media and Politics in the Digital Era: Russia's Competitive Edge
  • History of Political Ideas. Perspectives in Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Political Theory
  • Speaking and Writing on Politics and Public Affairs (for Russian speakers)
  • Electronic Government and Electronic Governance
  • Russian People and the “Russian soul”: Myths and Reality

International Relations and Global Affairs

  • International Relations in the Global East
  • International Relations in the Global West
  • Foundations of Russia’s Foreign Policy
  • Russia and the USA in Contemporary International Relations
  • International Political Analysis
  • Megatrends and Global Affairs
  • International Security
  • Russia and East Asia
  • Russia-EU Relations
  • International Organization and Global Governance
  • International Conflicts and Russian Foreign Policy

Russian and World Economy

  • Modern Economic Strategy of Russia
  • Russian National Economic Security
  • Russian and Global Economy
  • Innovation and R&D Strategies
  • Doing Business in Russia

Foreign Language



The curriculum of the Governance and Global Affairs program combine 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. Toward the end of their studies students engage in a practice-oriented internship. 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. Internship Program helps considerably in finding employment upon graduation.

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



June 15th


  • A CV/Resume that includes professional experience, educational background, and other relevant experience
  • Application essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of official transcript from each college and graduate school attended
  • Copy of language certificates (for non-native English speakers)
  • Apo stilled Diploma (to be presented before December, 1 of the first academic year)


6,500 Euro a year


Head of the Program - Dr. Andrey Baykov

Phone: +7 (495) 431 3027


Program Coordinator – Ms. Maria Apanovich

Phone: +7 (495) 434 4501