Master in International Relations

Lead the transition for a better tomorrow
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The Master in International Relations trains professionals in the dynamics that shape global affairs and provides them with the ideas and tools required to effectively lead government agencies, corporations, civil society and multilateral organizations in a fast-changing environment.

10 months




with a one-week fieldtrip to Brussels and the OECD Headquarters in Paris





Designed in partnership with the Organization 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 organizations. IE University’s experienced faculty and OECD research and policy experts have co-created an academically rigorous and future-forward program.

The program’s curriculum builds on insight and experience of the public, private, and non-profit sectors and is divided into four main areas: geopolitics and international affairs, international business and economics, regional studies and, management and decision-making. The subject matter will be handpicked by IE University and the OECD annually, based on current priorities shaping global debates. As a result, the G20, G7, EU, OECD, NATO and UN agendas are brought to life in the classroom, equipping students with a deep understanding of the key issues high on international policymakers’ agendas. This reality-based and solutions-oriented approach makes this Masters a unique degree aimed at individuals seeking a successful career in global policymaking or international business and civil society 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 EU and NATO, and includes an 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.

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In their own words

For many of our students, the motivation to advance their studies comes from a desire to challenge their own views. They want to see the world through new eyes, and hear different perspectives and ideas. Others want to forge a career where they know they’ll make a positive impact from the local to the global level, addressing the challenges facing humanity as we look to an uncertain tomorrow.

Representing a wide variety of diverse backgrounds, one thing that our students have in common is that they want to make a difference. They want to collaborate with top-tier international companies and institutions and make their voices heard, helping to build a better future for all. These videos capture their unique ambitions, motivations, and stories—told in their own words.


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 Organization for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) the Master in International Relations is designed to address global challenges and develop policies to address key issues  our societies are faced with, including weak economic growth, rising inequalities, the future of work, the SDGs, climate change and responding to the digital revolution, amongst others.

For over 60 years, the OECD has been working to effect policy change in countries around the world, promoting better policies, and better lives for all. Working closely with governments, policymakers, civil society and citizens, the OECD consistently operates at the highest international level to develop policy advice, supported by research and analysis of best practice from across its membership and beyond.

With their input, students will benefit from enhanced courses, capstone project opportunities, and electives, alongside career-enhancing internship opportunities.

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Agility, flexibility and fluidity are key to navigating today’s increasingly digital, constantly changing world.

At IE University we have developed Liquid Learning, a unique and evidence-based educational model that transcends conventional learning methodologies and platforms by fusing physical and digital learning spaces so that you can access first-rate education, no matter where you are.

In the particular case of the Master in International Relations, you are expected to attend your classes in person. However, if you are unable to attend for justifiable reasons, you have the possibility to participate remotely as a temporary solution.

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Dual-degree students reinforce their global affairs knowledge and develop the leadership and management skills they need to face challenges that span across multiple sectors.

Master in Management + Master in International Relations

The dual Master’s degree in management and international relations is a program for young professionals with less than two years of experience. It begins in February of each year.

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International MBA + Master in International Relations

The dual international MBA and Master’s in international relations begins in January and is designed for professionals with more than three years of full-time experience.

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Master in International Relations + Master of Laws (LL.M.)

The dual Master’s degree in international relations and Master of laws(LLM) begins in October.

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