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Master’s Degree in International Relations

LUMSA University
2 years
Master's degree
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Program description

Master’s Degree in International Relations

The Master Degree in International Relations aims to provide students with specific and qualified skills in the field of International Relations. In fact, only by mastering these tools will they be able to analyze, interpret, assess and manage the global scope of political phenomena and their relative policies, as well as general economic and social aspects inherent to the relations among countries, public and private institutions, and national and international, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, the course intends to equip students with the essential elements to engage in decision-making and problem-solving activities in complex, changing contexts that are radically different from their own.

Graduates in International Relations will acquire specific languages and basic tools for the theoretical and empirical analysis of every discipline and advanced preparation in the classical disciplines of International Relations (law, history, economics, politics, and language). They shall develop excellent, both written and oral skills in a European language and a second European language or a good competence in a non-European language.

They shall gain the necessary knowledge to understand the perspectives of their interlocutors and to critically analyze the socio-economic and socio-cultural processes of today's international society. At the same time, graduates shall follow a multidisciplinary and crosswise approach to acquire essential conceptual, methodological and analytical tools and an advanced level of historical, political and legal knowledge, integrated with a preparation focusing on the main technological and geopolitical changes introduced by the digital age. They shall propose innovative IT solutions and decision-making processes often based on information extracted from large amounts of data.

Admission requirements

Applicants are selected based on their curriculum vitae (CV), possibly supplemented by an entrance test and or interview with the director of the program (for international applicants). Requirements:

  • A university bachelor degree containing a minimum of 50 ECTS , of which at least fourteen (14) in the disciplinary area hereinafter referred to as historical, at least six (6) in the disciplinary area of law, at least six (6) in the disciplinary area of economics, at least fifteen (15) in the disciplinary area of political-sociological and at least nine (nine) in the disciplinary area of languages.
  • Foreign students are also required to have at least B2 level knowledge of the Italian language.
  • In order to be able to attend the course of study profitably, however, is required knowledge of the English language at least equal to level B2 and the knowledge of a second language (European or non-European) from at least a good basic level.
  • For the admission of students from foreign universities, the director of the degree course (or her delegate) will reserves the right to proceed with the assessment of access requirements, either by examining the curriculum vitae of studies achieved by the student (supplemented by more detailed information on the course programs) or by other means (e.g. example by means of an interview that can also take place electronically), in order to ascertain the possession of the knowledge and skills essential for access to the Master's Degree Course.

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Program content

First Year

  • International Economics
  • French, Spanish, German, Arabic, or Chinese Language
  • Democracy in the Digital Era
  • Contemporary World History
  • History and Analysis of International Crises
  • European approach to Better Regulation
  • Elective course
  • Intelligence and Open Source Lab
  • Project Cycle Management Lab or Cyber Diplomacy or Soft Skills: Public speaking
  • Theology

Second Year

  • International Law
  • French, Spanish, German, Arabic, or Chinese Language for Intl. Relations
  • History of Political Institutions
  • Digital Diplomacy: New Media and New Technologies in International Relations
  • Big Data
  • Elective course
  • Europe and Africa Cooperation and Security or Social, political and economic Development of Modern Asia or Soft Skills: Technical English: Drafting of a paper
  • Internship
  • Thesis

Tuition fees

Participation costs have been set at 3.500 euro per year.


Master degree is awarded to students who have gained 120 ECTS/CFU credits and satisfied all curricular requirements, including the production and public defence of an original dissertation. The thesis is worth 12 ECTS.

To be admitted to the graduation session students must earn all the credits provided for in the program structure except for those credits of the thesis and must not have any pending financial obligations to LUMSA University. The thesis is evaluated on contents, presentation and defence.

For final assessment of the entire degree, a 110-point scale is used. Students pass the final degree exam if they obtain a mark of at least 66 (if student has an average of 18 on 30). The Board can unanimously award "lode" (cum laude) as a special distinction.

Career opportunities

  • Diplomat (initial grade through public contest)
  • Official in international or national bodies and institutions
  • Company manager
  • Expert in international relations in editorial offices, press offices, agencies, think tanks, solidarity association and national and international NGOs

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LUMSA University

LUMSA (Libera Università degli Studi Maria Ss. Assunta di Roma) is a public non-state Italian university formed on Catholic principles. It is the second oldest university in Rome after Sapienza, and was founded by Luigia Tincani in 1939. LUMSA is...

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Why study at LUMSA University

The LUMSA teaching staff are highly trained and always open to discussion with students, to assist them along the path to greater understanding and offer advice on organising their studies or making career choices. The results are clear to see from student satisfaction figures, with LUMSA achieving levels above the national average (96,5% compared to 88,9%).

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Borgo Sant'Angelo 13
00193 Rome

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