M.A. International Organisations and Crisis Management

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M.A. International Organisations and Crisis Management

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  • Masters
  • 2 years


The Master´s degree in International Organisations and Crisis Management is the only program in Germany and one of very few in Europe that focuses on the following three areas. First, you will learn about the goals, tasks, structures, cultures, and norms of international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Secondly, you will become familiar with the possibilities and limits of international crisis management, by which we understand the settlement of violent conflicts as well as the governance of issues such as pandemics, migration flows, natural disasters, and financial crises. Thirdly, we address whether and how international organizations (together with states and other actors) are able to overcome these crises, what problems of effectiveness and legitimacy may arise in the process, and how, sometimes, this plunges international organizations into crises themselves.

Admission Requirements

For this Master's program you need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor with 180 credit points) or an equivalent first professional qualification that meets the following requirements:

  1. You have acquired at least 90 credit points in the field of Political Science and an overall grade of 1.5 (approx. “very good”) or better.
  2. You have acquired at least 20 credit points from classes focused on international relations or international organizations.
  3. You have acquired at least 15 credit points in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  4. You have completed at least one job-oriented internship in international relations or international organizations or studied one semester abroad.

If you do not sufficiently meet any of these requirements, but your overall grade is at least 2.3 (approx. “good”) and your studies, curriculum vitae, and motivation indicate a particular fit for our program, you may also be admitted upon consideration of the following factors:

  • The scope and grades of the courses, which are particularly relevant for our Master’s program, as well as the final thesis of your first academic qualification;
  • your international experiences as they relate to our program;
  • your practical experiences and additional qualifications, which may be relevant for our program; and
  • your individual areas of interest and reflections on the content and requirements of our Master’s program, as indicated in your letter of motivation and your curriculum vitae, which inform us about your background, knowledge, and skills as well as your personal goals and your capacity to study successfully.

The acquisition of credit points in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods can be made up as early as possible and at the latest by the 4th semester.

Courses Units

You need to complete 120 credit hours to successfully obtain this degree. Please check detail of study units at https://www.uni-jena.de/en/ma_international_organisations_crisis_management

More Information

The program is, among others, characterized by the following special features:

  • a focus on international organizations and international crisis management that is unique in Germany and very rare in Europe;
  • a semester abroad in a pertinent Master's program at one of our international partner institutions in places such as Birmingham, Budapest, Haifa, Nijmegen, Rhode Island, and Tampere or at one of our partner universities in Germany;
  • a study trip to international organizations in Geneva, Rome or other headquarter locations in Europe;
  • a summer school with alternating formats such as workshops and simulations on topics like peace ethics, minority rights, and climate change;
  • language courses that improve your proficiency in a foreign language of choice and that prepare you for a career in a multi-lingual environment;
  • interdisciplinary courses that enable you to complement your studies by choosing classes from a great variety of related disciplines, ranging from Law, Economics, History and Applied Ethics to Arabic and Caucasus Studies
  • an internship, ideally during your stay abroad, in an international organization, a ministry, a think tank, or similar.

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