Master Programs

Shaping global actors for a more secure world

At the forefront of global affairs education

The PSIA curriculum combines conceptual foundations and current scholarship, with the most up-to-date operational training and best practices. World-renowned professors and leading practionners teach over 400 courses annually in the most salient fields of international affairs. 

Customise your professional profile

PSIA offers a choice of 7 Master Programs in the most salient fields of international affairs:

Students can pursue a two-year Master in any of these fields in one of three ways:

PSIA also offers a one-year Master in Advanced Global Studies, covering the same seven fields, for candidates with a degree and at least five years of professional work experience.

Curriculum Overview

Our world is complex. Change continues to take place at pace. PSIA is committed to adapting to this environment. We seek to train our students, the leaders of the future, about how to understand, navigate and engage with these complexities and changes.

In anticipation of PSIA’s 10th anniversary, the time was right to review our degree structure and curriculum. The review was guided by PSIA’s Scientific Advisors, and informed by faculty input, student feedback and an international benchmarking exercise. PSIA’s Pedagogical Committee approved an amended degree structure for students starting PSIA degree programs in September 2020.

The success of PSIA and our graduates is undeniable. Nevertheless, the following changes will further strengthen PSIA's education experience and put us in the best possible position as we start our second decade:

  1. Courses offered within each degree specialisation and concentration will be more discrete in order to improve the cohesiveness of classes and to make clearer the progression to more advanced courses.
  2. Students will take slightly fewer courses, but have more time for independent, in-depth study in their chosen courses. This will focus their efforts on greater mastery of degree specialisations and concentrations. 
  3. Language training will become optional. Students can continue to choose from the many PSIA courses delivered in French, and those with limited proficiency will be offered pre-sessional French-language training. All students will have access to the rich offer of Sciences Po’s modern language training.

Curriculum overviewThe amended degree structure for students starting the following programs in September 2021 can be found at: Dual Degree program, Joint Master program and One-Year Master program. 

PSIA Courses

Please find the full list of courses offered at PSIA in 2021-2022. Courses to be offered in 2021-2022 can be found on the webpage for each Master Program.

PSIA Core Master Curriculum

Through its choice of Master degrees and concentration programs, PSIA offers a comprehensive yet diversified academic program of the highest international caliber. The first semester offers a selection of fundamental courses that all students take within the Master while the second and fourth semesters offer a large selection of courses in various sub-fields within the Master.

PSIA Concentrations

PSIA offers students the opportunity to complement their Master specialisation with the choice of at least one Regional or Thematic Concentration.

All PSIA students must select one Concentration

Students pursuing a two-year program exclusively at PSIA must also choose to :

  1. Select a second Concentration, or
  2. Select the ‘enhanced’ Master option which allows them to take additional courses from those offered within their Master specialisation, or apply, if eligible, to take a Law School clinic. 

Sciences Po Common Core Curriculum 

Please find more information about Sciences Po Common Core Curriculum.


While English is the only language required to follow coursework at PSIA and the common language shared by all students, a third of courses are offered in French. PSIA offers intensive French language pre-sessional courses for students with limited proficiency. All students have the option to study one of 17 languages offered at Sciences Po according to their specific academic and professional objectives.

Special Features

Special features consist of optional courses complementary to the standard PSIA curriculum. PSIA students may enroll in one special feature, or optional course, per semester. 

Law School Clinics

The Law School Clinics are selective one year long courses that provide valuable practical experience in the chosen field of study. They are offered to Sciences Po students, including certain PSIA Masters (Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, International Public Management, Environmental Policy) and concentrations (Migration). Places within the Clinics are limited and therefore participation is based on a competitive selection process. 

Third Semester Opportunities

The third semester at PSIA is entirely dedicated to professional development. PSIA students are offered three choices, depending on their career objectives:

Some funding opportunities are available to assist students who will complete their 3rd semester outside of France. Find out more about Mobility Grants.

Grand Oral

The Grand Oral is a degree requirement for all 2-year Master students at Sciences Po.  For PSIA students, the Grand Oral will be based on their third semester experience.

Degree Requirements for PSIA Students

Please click to see the degree requirements for PSIA students starting programs in September 2020.

Preparation for the French administration exams

All students registered in their 2nd year of a Master program at Sciences Po are technically eligible to take the "Prépa-concours" track parallel to their Master's studies in order to prepare for the competitive French administration exams. Find out more about the Preparation for French administration exams (FR).

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