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.

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.

Contacts

Program Coordinator:
Ms. Maria Zakharova
+7 499 431-39-14
m.d.zakharova@my.mgimo.ru