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Our Master in International Relations alumni have landed positions that are just as multidisciplinary and varied as they are. The program provides a 360-degree learning experience, combining fundamental skills and knowledge necessary in any industry with the specialized tracks that will enable you to pursue a specific career path.

Diverse ambitions, diverse sectors.

The transversal nature and high quality of the Master in International Relations is reflected in the wide range of sectors our alumni have ended up working in.

With a Master in International Relations, you could choose to work in:

  • The public and institutional sector
  • Public affairs and lobbying firms
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • NGOs and foundations
  • ESG departments in corporations
  • Think Tanks

This degree also opens the doors to work in other fields such as consumer goods, consulting, technology, financial services, and transportation and logistics.


Geopolitics and Diplomacy

Inter-governmental organizations such as NATO or the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe require talented, ambitious professionals with the skills to confront complex challenges. If you’re looking to make an impact on a global level, Geopolitics and Diplomacy could be the perfect specialization for you.

With this specialization, you could end up working in: NATO, US Department of Homeland Security, Club de Madrid/WIAN, Kreab España, European Commission, Vinces, German Parliament, Global Affairs Canada, Vuntut Gwitchin Government, British Embassy Oslo, UAE Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Turkey’s Ministry of Trade, The Royal Commission for Riyadh City, City of Toronto, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chancellery of the Canton of St. Gallen, Turkish Ministry of Economy, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, City of Bellevue, Washington’s Economic Development Office, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BCTS, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia etc.

International Economics and Business

In our globalized world, the most prestigious institutions across the globe need experts on the global economic arena. Organizations such as the IMF, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are all potential sources of impactful employment for our graduates.

Here are just a few examples of places you could work with this specialization: OECD, UNWTO, World Food Programme, EBRD, Aquila Capital, ICC, Clermont Partners, Illinois International Trade Center, Klarna, PwC Luxembourg, Verisure, Banco Mediolanum, EY, Inter-American Development Bank, British Chamber of Commerce – EU & Belgium, European Investment Bank, The World Bank, European Central Bank etc.

Global Governance and International Cooperation

Institutions with a global focus need specialists with a global outlook on issues such as human rights, international law or international cooperation. Talented people looking to make a positive impact in this field are in demand at the UN, the OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF and the WHO.

With this specialization you could go on to land a role at: Connect Americas, EUIPO, WFP, Greenpeace, UNDP, EPO, The Ocean Opportunity Lab, Puentes Global, FSG, UNSSC, UNICEF, UNDP Cambodia, Reforestum / InAGlobe Education, MSF (Médecins sans frontières), GIZ, Choco etc.


As a student in the Master in International Relations, you’ll have the opportunity to explore internships with the following companies:
  • United Nations World Tourism Organization logo
  • European Patent Office logo
  • Unesco logo
  • Clarity AI Logo
  • NATO logo

"IE University is an exciting mix of demanding academic work, amazing classmates and an international atmosphere—overall, a great opportunity." Christian de Felipe, Public Affairs Consultant at LLYC

of graduates receive a job offer within 6 months

of employed graduates work in Europe and North America

Career Report: Master in International Relations

In today’s interconnected world, international companies, governments and nonprofits are seeking leaders prepared to implement impactful solutions. This highly practical program will put you one step ahead of the evolving dynamics shaping tomorrow’s global affairs.

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Besides the range in industry and organization you could end up in with your Master in International Relations, there’s also a wide scope of role types you could fill upon graduation, including but not limited to:


  • Accenture
  • Ashoka
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Deloitte
  • European Council on Foreign Relations
  • European Parliament
  • IE School of Global and Public Affairs
  • International Labor Organization
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Microsoft
  • Real Instituto Elcano
  • Santander
  • UN Women
  • World Economic Forum
  • European Central Bank


IE Talent & Careers will be your go-to support network for professional development—both while you study and long after you graduate.

On the one hand, the department will help you take full advantage of all the professional opportunities available to you at IE University, ensuring you achieve your professional goals. On the other, they provide companies and institutions with recruitment solutions by giving them access to the profiles of over 70,000 IE Alumni worldwide.

Some of the services offered by IE Talent & Careers, both online and in person, include:

● One-on-one career advice
● Sector-specific drop-in sessions
● Guides, toolkits and resources available on the IE Career Portal
● On-campus career workshops
● Online career webinars
● Annual distribution of CV books to executive search firms
● Networking events worldwide
● Panels with executive consultants around the globe
● Lifelong access to its exclusive job bank

To discover more about how IE Talent & Careers can assist you both as an IE University student and alum, visit the official website.

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