Master in International Public Management

General objectives

Economic globalization, financing development, environment, migration, corruption, financial crime, regional integration, cultural diversity and trade, education… these key global policy issues of the day - to name a few - are evolving rapidly and are found at the intersection of local, national, international and global interests. The ever-growing number of actors involved in decision-making process amplifies this inherent complexity. 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.

Prior work experience in the field or a specialised undergraduate course of study (international relations, law, business, engineering …) is an asset for placement for graduates of the program.


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 four main themes: 

  • Policy Analysis for International Governance; 
  • International Political Economy and Economic Policy;
  • International Law;
  • Strategy, Leadership and Management. 

In addition, students must select two concentrations from 13 thematic and 6 regional concentrations.

Students may choose to concentrate on one global issue or else study several contemporary global issues in which State sovereignty and multilateralism are both seen as struggling to find an appropriate policy response. In order to contextualise the interplay of actors students also have the choice to focus on the study of established and emerging non-State players or on the dynamics of interactions at the international and global levels through the study of leadership, the sociology of international relations or intercultural management. Europe as a key regional player has not been forgotten. Lastly, students may acquire and develop operational, concrete skills in a number of domains: analysis and evaluation of public policy, information systems, legal writing, crisis communication and management, foreign policy and diplomatic practices. 

Program Structure

In accordance with PSIA’s Pedagogical Committee approved degree structure, students starting the International Public Management program in September 2020 will follow the program structure below. 

Further details regarding PSIA’s general program structure can be found here.

Below is the new degree structure for the Master in International Public Management:

degree structure

Third Master core course / Enhanced Master Option

If you are a student on the One-Year Master in Advanced Global Studies, or on a dual degree, or if you have chosen the Enhanced Master Option (in place of a second concentration), you 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 plan to apply for the 'Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation (RISE)' Law School Clinic Program.


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

Scientific Advisor

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 Advisor: Mimi Maung-Trentin
Office hours by appointment: Monday 2 :30pm- 5pm, Wednesday 2 :30pm- 5pm, Thursday 10am-1pm

Academic Assistant: Elvedina Cappelle
Secretariat open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-12:45 2:15-4:45. Wednesday/Friday 9:30-12:45

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