Master in International Development - IE-UNSSC Partnership

A more sustainable world is within reach
United Nations System Staff College
  • Overview
  • Study Plan
  • IE-UNSSC Partnership
  • Careers
  • Faculty
  • Admissions & fees
    • APPLY


IE School of Global and Public Affairs and the United Nations System Staff College have joined forces to build a Master’s degree program to attend to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda set by the United Nations.

The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is the center of excellence for training and knowledge management within the UN system, which aims to transform the United Nations into a more effective, results-oriented and agile global organization dissemination.

The UNSSC was established in 2002 by the UN General Assembly to serve the personnel of the United Nations and its affiliates. Since 2015, all of the organization’s research and learning efforts have been geared toward enabling the UN system and partners to address the challenges posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNSSC is headquartered in Turin, Italy, and has a second campus in Bonn, Germany.



Liquid Learning at IE University

In this new reality, we understand it’s not always possible to attend class in person. That’s why we developed our Liquid Learning approach, which seamlessly adapts to individual needs and provides equal access to world-class education—whether on campus or online wherever you are.

Discover more


Immersion Week in a United Nations field operation

Through this week-long immersion program, students of the Master in International Development will have the opportunity to observe the real-life challenges and decisions that United Nations professionals encounter on a daily basis. This will enable them to gain a better understanding of what kind of work awaits them after graduation. The one-week immersion trip is included in the program tuition.

Surround yourself with UN professionals

Students will engage with top professionals from the UN system as they teach courses and participate in special events such as conferences, seminars, networking events and capstone projects. They will also work closely with these individuals throughout the UN field operation experience.


Students are encouraged to participate in UN field internships after graduation. IE Career Services helps to facilitate these experiences and provides career guidance.

Joint design of the academic curriculum

The program’s curriculum focuses on the five P’s: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. During the first and second terms, students will touch on each one. They’ll learn how the UN is addressing these issues, and how to tackle them head-on by creating innovative solutions.


Upon completion of the master’s program, each student will receive a certificate of accomplishment from the United Nations.

Immersion week in a UN mission

Students will have the opportunity to visit UN offices, where they’ll gain first-hand experience of the opportunities and challenges that decision-makers face each day.

Are you a UN staff member interested in the program?

Learn more

Watch the IE experience

Discover more about the program