Politics and economics in Eurasia

Application deadline: June 15th

Tuition fee: 7,000 € a year

Program profile

The two-year long English-language Master’s in Political Science Program at MGIMO University is designed to meet the needs of rising leaders in the public service professions, including domestic and international government agencies and non-profit organizations by providing up-to-date, firsthand information about Russia and Eurasia from a Russian view point.

The program provides rigorous on-campus training in political science and policy analysis, preparing degree candidates to successful careers and supplying intellectual breadth, organizational skills, and self-confidence necessary to assume leadership positions in an increasingly complex public service environment.

The program provides a combination of fundamental and applied disciplines. The training concerns the study of the world's political, social and economic processes and courses of development, with integrated knowledge in the area of international political, economic and business processes in Eurasian region.

Approximately 20 students are yearly enrolled in the program. Students benefit from studying in truly international group.

Academic advisor of the program: Dr. Tatiana Shakleina.

Admissions information and requirements

  • Our students come from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds.
  • When applying to a Master's Program, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, relevance to the proposed field of study preferred.
  • All courses are taught in English.
  • 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 in MGIMO.
  • 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.
  • The admission to the program is carried on the basis of student’s portfolio that should be sent to the coordinator’s e-mail.

Required document

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

Basic course structure

The program combines obligatory and elective courses, which allows you to tailor your studies to your personal interests.
Your work is divided among lectures, seminars and workshops based on field research, participation by visiting experts, and group reports.

Fall semester

  • September 1st  — December 31st
  • January 10th  — January 25th examination session
  • January 26th  — February 6th vacation

Spring Semester

  • February 7th  — May 30th
  • June 1st — June 25th examination session
  • June 26th — August 31st vacation

Timetable at Master’s Programs*

Monday-Saturday

  • 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

Final Grading

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

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

Total 120 ECTS Credits

Subject

Faculty

ECTS Credits

Obligatory

History of politics

T.A. Alekseeva, Department of political theory

4

Political Process in Contemporary Russia

Y.I. Vaslavskiy, Department of political theory

4

Foreign Language

 

4

Master Thesis’s Preparation

 

12

Electives

Strategic Intelligence

A.О. Bezrukov, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems

2

Modern Economic Strategy of Russia

E.B. Zavialova, Department of Economic Policy and Public-Private Partnership, O.B. Pichkov, Department of International Economic Relations

2

International Migration Management

M.Y. Apanovich, Department of Demography and Migration Policy

2

Doing Business in Russia: Economic Aspects

D.A. Degteryov, Department of World Economics

2

Module of Visiting Professor

 

2

Subject

Faculty

ECTS Credits

Obligatory

Philosophical Bases of Analytical Work

T.A. Alekseeva, Department of political theory

4

Political Systems and Political Process in Small and Medium Eurasian Countries

E.V. Koldunova, Department of Oriental Studies
I.V. Kudriashova, Department of Comparative Political Studies

4

Eurasian Transregional System

T.A. Shakleina, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems

4

Economy of the Former Soviet Union and Countries of Eurasia

E.B. Zavialova, Department of Economic Policy and Public-Private Partnership, O.B. Pichkov, Department of International Economic Relations

2

Foreign Language

 

5

Master Thesis’s Preparation

 

5

Electives

Energy Diplomacy

I.V. Bolgova, Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems

2

Media Policy in Digital Era

A.V. Gumensky, Department of Public Relations

2

Rhetoric and Public Speeches

V.S. Kurmakaeva, Department of English language

2

Legal System of Russia

E.A. Abrosimova, Department of International Law

2

Russia-East Asia: contemporary trends

A.Y. Arapova, BRICS Centre

2

Module of Visiting Professor

 

2

Subject

Faculty

ECTS Credits

Obligatory

Regional Subsystems of IR: Russia, China and East Asia in World Politics

A.D. Voskresenski , E.V. Koldunova, Department of Oriental Studies

4

Political Economics: Private-Public Relations

O.N. Ivanov, Department of Economic Policy and Public-Private Partnership

4

Conflicts on the Belt Frontiers of Russia

Y.A. Nikitina, Department of World Politics

2

EU-Russia Relations

M.V. Strezhneva, Department of European Integration

4

Foreign Language

 

4

Master Thesis’s Preparation

 

7

Electives

Modern Financial Markets

V.N. Tkachyov, Department of Global Finances, I.B. Turuev, Department of Banks, Currency and Credits

2

Modern Political Atlas

I.Y. Okunev, Department of Comparative Politics

2

Modern Network Diplomacy

V.M. Morozov, Department of Diplomacy

2

Doing Business in Russia: Legal Aspects

 

 

Module of Visiting Professor

 

2

Subject

ECTS Credits

Obligatory

Internship 18
Master Thesis’s Preparation 4
Final State Exams Master Thesis’s Defence 9
Total 120

Internship

The program comprises a compulsory twelve-week internship period during the fourth semester. Internship helps considerably to broaden the range of contacts and find employment upon graduation. Students take internship in such organizations: diplomatic representative offices, Eurasian Economic Union, UN bodies, EU bodies, RIAC, Rosneft, Lukoil, trade chambers, media, etc.

Career opportunities

When you complete a degree at MGIMO, you will join a global community of University graduates. You will benefit from careers opportunities and professional networking.

Program graduates have employment opportunities in private and state companies, international organizations and NGOs, media companies, diplomatic service and academia, think tanks, universities and research centers. MGIMO graduates are in high demand by employers in business and industry.

Double Degree Module

Far Eastern Federal University is a leader in education, science, and technology in the Far East of Russia. Today it is a main point of attraction for talented students and academics from all parts of the world, the center of international dialogue and promotion of Russian development to the markets of the Asia-Pacific region.

The unique geopolitical location of FEFU has determined its research priorities: World Ocean Resources, Biomedicine, and Integration in the Asia-Pacific region. Flagship projects, participation in the National Technological Initiative and the World Skills movement, cooperation with world-class companies: all this allows FEFU to respond to global challenges and to address the issues of advanced development of the Far East.

The campus of Far Eastern Federal University is considered to be one of the best not only in Russia, but also among new campuses around the world. Located on Russky Island in the city of Vladivostok, the campus is surrounded by woodlands and faces a pristine stretch of the Pacific coast. As a residential learning community, its facilities are comfortable, welcoming and safe.

Russian Government has decided to actively develop Russky Island as an academic and research cluster, which would be centered around FEFU. By 2027, there will be a real university city on the island with a technology park, high-tech companies and state-of-the-art campuses for students from all parts of the world.

We welcome you to Far Eastern Federal University, where the location and modern campus combine with world- class academic programs, research and rich Russian cultural traditions.

FEFU International Students

Putir Sekar Ningrum, Indonesia
Far Eastern Federal University

Back in school, I was fascinated by Russia: its culture, literature and especially history. So, I had no doubt about where I want to get a higher education, of course, in Russia! There are a lot of information about FEFU on the internet, and I made my choice in favor of this university. Asian and European cultures are mixed here, different languages are heard everywhere, it is possible to meet people from different countries and find new friends. I do not lose the feeling that I started a new interesting life. I talked to mom on the phone recently, and she asked me when I would come on vacation, and I answered I didn't want to go home.

I learned Russian during the first year at the university—it was great and not very difficult. Now I am a freshman studying international relations at the FEFU Oriental Institute–School of Regional and International Studies. Listening to lectures and taking exams in Russian turned out to be much more difficult. It's kind of a test, but I successfully deal with it, besides, Russian friends are always in a hurry to help me. I live in a dormitory, but it is practically a hotel! It is very comfortable, clean and beautiful. Sometimes I go to the city–I like coffee shops and walks along the waterfront promenade. I tell my Indonesian friends how friendly people are here, although they seem not too smiling at first sight. I want to advise everyone who is only going to study in Russia: just come, do not hesitate!

Sergio Navarro Berlanga, Mexico
Far Eastern Federal University

I enrolled in the Master's program of Far Eastern Federal University a year and a half ago. Why did I choose FEFU? Firstly, it is a world-class university, and I am sure of the high quality of education, and secondly, I really wanted to stay in Vladivostok, and not in the capital. I was always fascinated by this point on the map: the city is in Asia, but it's not an Asian city in the full sense, and this is Russia at the same time. It is interesting, is unusual and, of course, affects Vladivostok and its inhabitants. It seems to me that there is very little real Russian in it: the life and culture of the Asian neighbors with local color are intertwined here, forming a completely unexpected appearance.

I study international relations, and my program is completely English-speaking one, but you know, it does not stop me from communicating with Russian friends. Only here I realized how Russian people are friendly, despite the hackneyed stereotype of their unfriendliness. To the contrary, with the seeming openness of Hispanics, we greatly value personal space and it is difficult for us to step over these boundaries so easily. I remember how my friends and I were standing at a bus stop on a winter evening. The bus never came, and to warm up a little, we got into a tight circle and pressed against each other. I can not imagine such a thing in Mexico! I feel a warm attitude, friendly support, a sincere interest in my country and culture and am happy to share it.

I know that many international visitors find it hard to get used to the local cuisine. For a Mexican, this is especially important, we have, so to speak, the cult of food in the country. Here I fell in love with buckwheat. That's it! And dresser herring salad. For the first time, I was treated to it by one of my friends. It happens all the time. As soon as we meet, everyone treats me to something. And I really love the dishes of Central Asian cuisine: shish kebabs and pilaf.

Please do not laugh, but my international friends and I somehow composed a small plan "What to do first of all before entering the Russian university." So, first of all you should learn to play some music instrument, and if you already know how to play, for example, a guitar, be sure to take one with you! You'll become part of the crowd.

The second tip is not to take a lot of things with you. Bring the essentials for the first two weeks with you, and buy the rest here. You can not even imagine how capricious weather can be sometimes, and do not know what gloves or jacket will make you warm in the cold season. I threw out almost everything I brought with me, and my friends helped me dress warmly in local shops.

The third advice is to try to master at least the basic level of the Russian language in your country. It is important for all the details to be explained to you by your compatriot in your native language.

The university has a friendly atmosphere. Learning is both difficult and interesting. I plan to stay here for a while longer after graduation to learn better Russian. After that, I plan to write a book about the relationship between Russia and Mexico. I have a good story to tell and it will be a combination of a historical essay describing the development of relations in different spheres.

Alumni

Ana Georgieva Pirinska
Expert «International relations and project management»
Bulgarian Construction chamber
Member of the National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party
Class 2011-2013, Politics and Economics in Eurasia

The 2-year master’s program in MGIMO was interesting, challenging and exciting both academically and personally. I had the great pleasure and honor to learn from some of the best professors and experts in the Russian Federation. Meanwhile I was able to share this unique experience with many different people from all around the world. And I am proud to say that some of them are still one of my closest friends!


Umut M. Aslan
Department of Corporate Business, Sberbank International
Class 2014-2016, Politics and Economics in Eurasia

MGIMO was built on the solid academic foundations of educational institutions the history of which date back to the previous centuries, and for decades it raised countless public servants ranging from ambassadors, ministers, heads of states to directors of international organizations.
Today the institute has evolved into an academic hub for not only native students, but also students from all over the world that wish to pursue higher education in diplomacy, political sciences, international law, journalism and all other branches of international relations including training in over 50 languages. Having successfully preserved the higher educational standards of the USSR, MGIMO today has evolved into the best diplomatic school on continental Eurasia.
Students from all over Russia and other countries of the world will find in MGIMO everything they require and more, if they are determined to develop their careers in the branches of diplomacy, economy and international affairs. The institute offers a rich library, friendly environment, historical campus and exceptional academic staff that is dedicated to supporting the students at every step.
Graduates of MGIMO will discover that their skills are in high demand in the world of the 21st century. Having received higher education in MGIMO, I am presently engaged in putting the skills learned in our institution to good use within the Sberbank Group of Companies, and in business life one can immediately realize the difference that is made after undergoing education in such a university. This is just one of many examples, as graduates of MGIMO are offered opportunities by top global employers from all over the world, and the Career Center of MGIMO assists its students with such efforts by constantly organizing career days and other seminars that bring together the employers and skilled students, paving the way for internships and other opportunities.
All in all, by choosing to pursue their education in MGIMO University, students will find themselves in a highly sophisticated academic environment that challenges their skills and pushes their development to the edge, at the same time offering a fun journey of science and a new family of caring academicians.

Dominique Chevolet
Desk officer at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg – Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs
Class 2011-2013, Politics and Economics in Eurasia

Interested in Russian culture and history, I had the intimate conviction that I would end up studying or working in Russia at one point. This perspective became reality when I learned about a new Master’s Programme, taught in English, which had been launched by MGIMO University in 2010. One year later, I took the decision to sign up and embarked on this thrilling endeavor in Moscow (from 2011 to 2013).
During two years, I got the occasion to make numerous new friends, Russian and from all over the word, whilst also learning the Russian language and study modern Russia’s role in the world. The various courses we were taught allowed us to get a first glimpse into different aspects of the Russian Federation, its domestic political dynamics and, primarily, its foreign policy. Moscow was a city undergoing numerous transformations and the country was at the center of various international hotspots, and against this background, MGIMO University turned out to be a great institution to foster my understanding of current events and strengthen the academic knowledge necessary for making sense of it all in a structured and coherent manner.
The experience at MGIMO University, both academically and humanely, has been very enriching and remains valuable to me to this day. After graduating, I joined the Embassy of Luxembourg in Moscow where my two previous years at MGIMO University helped me tremendously in my daily work. Beyond this, I keep numerous good memories and lasting friendships from my time at Prospect Vernadskogo, 76.


Fahad Mohammed Al-Faihani
Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Class 2013-2015, Politics and Economics in Eurasia

I would always remember my years at MGIMO with great pleasure and gratitude, as it was a life changing and very interesting experience, I have enjoyed each class at the university, also I have met really good professors there, which they really enriched both my academic and knowledge abilities. It was a great chance for me as a Bahraini diplomat and a student to study and learn the Russian point of view of the world politics and global affairs, which really differs from ours in the Middle East and sometimes really close to ours, a thing I consider as very unique and a mile stone in my academic progression, and it did help me during my mission in the Kingdom of Bahrain Embassy in Moscow.

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