The Master in Technology and Global Affairs, a joint program with Sciences Po, takes a multidisciplinary approach to prepare individuals to navigate the complex intersection of rapid technological change and the transformation of the global geopolitical landscape with skill and impact and to become fully equipped experts and leaders in the public or private sector. Focusing on the critical interaction between tech and international relations, the program imparts a deep understanding of tech's growing influence and interconnectivity with governance, global diplomacy, security, trade, and development.
Combining disciplines such as political science, international relations, economics, law and sociology with those of artificial intelligence, digitalization, fintech, cloud computing and big data analysis, the Master in Technology and Global Affairs provides a comprehensive exploration of the growing importance of technology in every aspect of international affairs.
A dual degree program launched jointly as a collaboration between IE School of Politics, Economics and Global Affairs and Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, the Master in Technology and Global Affairs prepares graduates to make a positive and meaningful contribution to the complex world of global affairs. It is a unique opportunity to gain a holistic perspective on the field, with both institutions blending insights from a range of academic disciplines.
Sciences Po, located in Paris, has a long and distinguished history in the fields of political science, international relations and public affairs. Consistently ranked among the world’s top 3 institutions for politics and international affairs (QS), it boasts a distinguished faculty of experts, leading scholars, practitioners and policymakers. Like IE School of Politics, Economics and Global Affairs, Sciences Po welcomes students from all over the world, promoting a diverse and cosmopolitan community that enriches discussion with a wide range of different viewpoints—an essential preparation for a career on a global scale.
Together, these two formidable institutions have designed a complete program that, over two years, weaves three key dimensions into a coherent academic offering: the impact of technology on geopolitical and security developments; the economic and business transformations driven by technology; and the impact on citizenship and fundamental rights. Issues related to the governance and regulation of tech will be treated as a fourth, cross-cutting dimension.
Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and IE School of Politics, Economics and Global Affairs are two global powerhouses in the education and training of international affairs professionals. With this well-rounded degree, you’ll benefit from both schools’ experience, world-leading faculties, unmatched resources and unique teaching methodologies. What’s more, renowned for leveraging cutting-edge tech as part of the everyday teaching ecosystem, IE University has a long history of tech leadership and expertise.
Upon graduation, you’ll receive two diplomas: one nationally accredited degree from each institution. Your academic achievements will carry the recognition and prestige of two of the world’s top schools in the sector, opening doors in any field and at leading global organizations.
Students of the program will have the opportunity to visit leading institutions in the international arena, meeting face-to-face with experts to discuss their work and current global challenges. With both schools’ connections with leading international organizations, government and cutting-edge technology companies, students will be exposed to a network that could offer access to unrivaled internships and the opportunity to gain practical experience both in the public and private sector.
Professionals with expertise in emerging technologies that are increasingly central to global affairs, such as AI, cybersecurity, digital governance or biotechnology, are in ever-greater demand. Right now, tech is advancing quicker than our capacity to adapt to it and leverage it for good. There is a growing demand of professionals, both in the public and the private sector, who can combine international affairs expertise with a solid understanding of tech’s disruptive powers, of its opportunities and the challenges it raises. Such combined knowledge will put those experts at the forefront of the worldwide drive to anticipate and address them.
Graduates with expertise in both tech and global affairs will be uniquely positioned to play leading roles in seeking innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing the world today. Career paths in international organizations, government, tech, consulting, global companies, think tanks, NGOs and more will open up at the points where tech and geopolitical expertise intersect.
and want to leverage it to address complex global affairs and issues.
by placing yourself at the center of the geopolitical ecosystem where you can make the most impact.
by combining expertise in the capabilities of technology with your own diplomatic, critical thinking and communication skills.
that you understand is invaluable in working across cultures, seeing others’ points of view, and working together in finding solutions.
that puts you face-to-face with expert practitioners and challenges you to come up with solutions that leverage both tech and the humanities.
Arancha González, Dean of Sciences Po's Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE School of Politics, Economics and Global Affairs present the Dual Master degree in Technology and Global Affairs.
This is a University Private Degree from IE Universidad*, and taught in IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs. More information on what earning a University Private Degree from IE Universidad entails.
*IE Universidad is a University officially recognized by the Spanish education authorities, allowed to grant both University Official Degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees), which are specifically regulated and accredited by Spanish Ministry of Education and University Private Degrees (Master), that are specifically designed by the University towards the professional application of their studies and the constant update of higher education, preserving the educational standards of excellence of IE. Both types of degrees are equally backed by the rigor and prestige of IE University.
The Master in Technology and Global Affairs benefits from unmatched input from IE Center for the Governance of Change, our world-renowned research institution in the political, economic and social space. Their intellectual leadership, unparalleled network—our researchers are working at Harvard University, Cambridge University, Oxford University and MIT—and worldwide partnerships in the public, private and educational sectors, make their contribution invaluable. What’s more, their leadership of Tech4Democracy, a global initiative undertaken in partnership with the US Department of State and the strategic support of Microsoft, makes their specific expertise in the confluence of technology, geopolitics and governance especially relevant.
To enhance a dynamic and practical learning experience, at IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs we focus on the continuous engagement and networking of our students by hosting events and welcoming top speakers from a diverse range of topics to shape the next generation of impactful global leaders.
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IE University’s Master in Technology and Global Affairs is a two-year program. The first year is spent at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, where students will build a strong foundation in Citizenship and Rights, Geopolitics and Security, and Prosperity and Economy, while gaining a practical introduction to technological skills. The second year takes place at IE School of Politics, Economics and Global Affairs in Madrid. During this year, students build a more profound understanding of the technological skills and policy-related content that they were introduced to in Paris.
The Master in Technology and Global Affairs is definitely worthwhile for individuals seeking to make an impact in the field of international affairs by leveraging emerging technologies. This unique program prepares graduates to make a positive and meaningful contribution to the complex world of global affairs, equipping them with a comprehensive understanding of technology's geopolitical and societal impact. Successful graduates will gain degrees from two prestigious universities: Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and the IE School of Politics, Economics, and Global Affairs. The program also draws on the expertise of the IE School of Science & Technology, ensuring that our graduates are at the cutting edge of technological advancements.
A background in technology and global affairs is helpful, but it isn’t a requirement. Students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including technology, policy, and international relations. The most essential requirement is having a genuine interest in addressing global challenges with the help of technology.