Master in International Relations

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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, 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 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.

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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 in International Business Law (LLM)

The dual Master's degree in international relations and international business law (LLM) begins in October.

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