Master in International Relations
with a one-week fieldtrip to Brussels and the OECD Headquarters in Paris
Designed in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this Master combines pioneering academic thinking with the professional expertise of one of the world’s leading multilateral institutions and most effective think tank. IE University’s experienced faculty worked collaboratively with OECD experts and practitioners to create an academically rigorous and future-forward program.
The program’s curriculum blurs the line between the public, private, and non-profit sectors and is divided into four main areas: global affairs, international business and economics, innovation and technology and social entrepreneurship and development. The subject matters are handpicked by IE University and the OECD annually, based on current topics that shape global debates. As a result, the G20 and United Nations (UN) agendas are brought to life in the classroom, equipping students with a deep understanding of the key issues at the forefront of international policymakers’ agendas. This applied and solutions-oriented approach makes this Master’s a unique degree aimed at individuals seeking a successful career in global policymaking or international business leadership.
The Madrid-based program is complemented by a week-long fieldwork visit to Brussels, where students are able to learn from key regional and global players such as the European Commission and The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), along with having the opportunity to visit the OECD headquarters in Paris. During the second and third terms, students will complete either a final research thesis or a consultancy project. This will enable them to apply the knowledge acquired throughout the program to a professional environment, working hand in hand with one of IE University’s prestigious partners, such as OECD, NATO, or Club de Madrid.
After their third and final semester, students have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of our partner universities around the world. Students may also opt to do a Dual Degree Program, which combines their studies with other IE University programs, such as the Master in Management, International MBA or Master in International Business Law in order to achieve a personalized double degree.
Students must fulfill the following requirements to be able to request the issuance of the Official University Degree upon completion of the Master Program.
Our partnership with the OECD
At IE’s School of Global and Public Affairs, we are committed to preparing global professionals for today’s complex world issues. Together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) the Master in International Relations is designed to address global challenges and develop policies faced in our society, including weak economic growth, rising inequalities, unemployment and low-quality jobs, climate change and responding to the digital revolution, among others.
For over 60 years, the OECD has been working to effect policy change in countries around the world to promote equality and provide better opportunities for all. Working closely with governments, policymakers, and citizens, the OECD consistently operates at the international level to develop strong communities of change and build a better global society.
With their input, students will benefit from enhanced courses, capstone project opportunities, and electives, alongside career-enhancing internship opportunities.
Top 10 Reasons to join IE’s Master in International Relations
Be at the forefront of globalization
Get ahead of the world’s new complexities and face any global challenge with a new, more sustainable vision of business and project management.
Experience the reality of international relations with the OECD
Students will gain insights from practitioners of the OECD who work on establishing international norms and finding evidence-based solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges.
Study at a center that is fully accredited by APSIA
Apart from being a full member of the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), IE also ranks as 5th European Business School and its online MBA ranks #1 worldwide (Financial Times, 2015).
Learn from experienced professors and top practitioners
Receive insights from high-level politicians, diplomats, and business experts.
Grow within a very diverse student body
More than 50 nationalities are represented among the MIR students and there are more than 100 nationalities on campus every year
Become a driver of sustainable development
Get the skills that turn students into new leaders who impulse social change.
Participate in an all-inclusive fieldwork visit to Brussels
Meet the experts of the European Union institutions as well as international organizations during a one-week trip to Brussels that is included as part of the master’s experience.
Take part in an exchange period at one of our renowned partner universities around the globe
MIR students have the option of doing an additional term at Sciences Po (France), University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) or University of Pittsburgh (United States).
Develop a global network by joining IE alumni
More than 50,000 high-level professionals around the world are already graduated from IE and stay connected through our Alumni Association.
Live the Madrid experience
A bridge between Europe and the Americas where you can learn the third most spoken language in the world.
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