Master in International Public Management

Please note: Applications are no longer being taken for this Master program. For students applying in Autumn 2021, please consult the Master in International Governance and Diplomacy.

The Master in International Public Management program has evolved substantially over the past decade in response to the new challenges and changing dimensions of international affairs. Accordingly, it will be offered with the new degree title of Master in International Governance and Diplomacy  for students applying to enter PSIA in Autumn 2021. The change in title has been approved by all relevant committees, and carries the support of faculty and former students alike. It opens a new and exciting era for one of the most popular master's programs at PSIA.


The Master in International Public Management program is designed for students who are interested in careers in public services at the international and local levels that rely on advisory and advocacy skills in order to facilitate and coordinate the formulation of global policy. It aims more generally at training policy makers with the capacity to operate in a variety of cultural contexts in addressing issues of international range. The program provides students with a variety of tools for policy analysis essential to becoming key players in the decision-making process at the international and global level.


Depending on their career aspirations and in relation to the type of institution in which they aspire to work – local and national administrations, notably the diplomatic corps, intergovernmental and governmental organisations or transnational firms – students have the possibility to chart a personalised course of study in the International Public Management program.

This intensive two-year program is divided into three academic semesters and one practical semester (during semester 3) designed to develop professional, research and analytical potentials of the students. 

  • Courses in the core curriculum of the Master focus on the following five main themes: 
  • Policy Analysis for International Governance; 
  •  International Political Economy and Economic Policy;
  • International Law;
  • Strategy, Leadership and Management. 

In addition, students  select two concentrations from 12 thematic and 6 regional concentrations.

program structure

In accordance with PSIA’s Pedagogical Committee approved degree structure (read more here), students who started the International Public Management program in September 2020 will follow the program structure below. 

Curriculum overview

Third Master core course / Enhanced Master Option

Students on the One Year Masters in Advanced Global Studies or on a dual degree, or those who chose the Enhanced Master Option (in place of a second concentration), must select one additional course from a specific list in each semester.  Please review the program for each semester for details.

In Semester 1, you must select:

  •  a second course from BLOCK 2: International Political Economy & Economic Policy  OR
  • one of the courses listed in “Fundamentals of Diplomacy” section. 

The Enhanced Master option is particularly relevant if you applied to the Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation (RISE) - Law School Clinic Program (more information here)


International Public Management students typically consider careers in local, national or international administrations, in intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations or in transnational firms, diplomatic corps, working in domains such as international cooperation, development or new public-private sector partnerships.


Scientific Advisor Richard BalmeRichard Balme is professor of political science at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs, and research fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Europeennes (CEE). He also teaches at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University, Beijing. He teaches and researches comparative public policy and international relations. Among his recent publications are Collective Action and European Democracy. Power and Protest in the EU (with D. Chabanet, Rowman and Littlefield, 2008); Europe-Asia Relations: Building Multilateralisms (with B. Bridges, Palgrave, 2008); “Central-Local Relations and Innovation in Environmental Policy-Making: Comparative Perspectives”, a special issue of Environmental Policy and Governance (with Qi Ye, Eds, 2014); Smart Grids Applications and Developments (with Li V., Hills P., Mah D., Eds, London, Springer Verlag, 2014). 



  • Scientific Advisor: Professor Richard Balme
  • Academic AdvisorMimi Maung-Trentin
    Office hours by appointment: Monday 2 :30pm- 5pm, Wednesday 2 :30pm- 5pm, Thursday 10am-1pm
  • Academic AssistantElvedina Cappelle
    Secretariat open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-12:45 2:15-4:45. Wednesday/Friday 9:30-12:45
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