The Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) is a two-year academic programme, organised as a joint master's degree in cooperation with the University of Vienna. The MAIS programme is aimed at university and college graduates of all disciplines and all nationalities who wish to attain profound knowledge of international relations through a multidisciplinary master’s programme.

Participants of the programme live and study in an international environment in the heart of Vienna while acquiring knowledge, insights and experiences in the field of political and economic relations. As a student, you will be taught by high-ranking professors from all over the world, covering disciplines including political science, international and economic relations, contemporary history as well as international and European law. Students display a world of enthusiasm for policy matters and demonstrate a deep understanding of international relations and cultural awareness. Throughout the duration of the programme, students are able to apply their interests to professional competencies.

MAIS graduates are equipped with best-in-practice scientific research skills and language competencies that benefit them while commencing their professional careers within international organisations, business and government. Along with commercial and governmental job prospects, graduates are also fully equipped to embark on further research and academic careers.

For more detailed information on the MAIS programme, please consult the information tabs and documents on this page or contact us. To apply, please visit our application portal at (© Free-Photos auf Pixabay)

© Pexels auf Pixabay

In cooperation with

University of Vienna

MAIS Key Facts

Target Group: University and college graduates of all disciplines and all nationalities who wish to attain profound knowledge of international relations through a multidiscplinary Master’s programme

Language of instruction: English, with some optional courses offered in German and French

Start: September

Application deadlines: 15 January (early decision) and 1 March (regular decision)

Degree: The degree "Master of Advanced International Studies" (MAIS) is awarded by the Vienna School of International Studies in cooperation with the University of Vienna. Graduates holding the academic degree of Master of Advanced International Studies are entitled to enrol in any doctoral programme related to their field of study. The academic title MAIS may be used after the name.

Duration: Two-year full-time programme

ECTS points: 120

Tuition fee: EUR 14,700 (academic year 2024-25)

Application deadlines

Early decision
15 January
End of January
15 March
Regular decision
1 March
End of March
1 May


Heinz W. Engl (© Universität Wien)

"The interconnectedness between nation states and the rise of private economic players and other global actors require students of international relations to pursue a multi-disciplinary approach in order to confront today’s global challenges. The interdisciplinary MAIS programme, combining the fields of politics, law, history and economics, offers students a curriculum that equips them to meet these requirements."

Heinz W. Engl
former Rector, University of Vienna


Markus Kornprobst (© DA/Pilo Pichler)

"In our globalising world, politics, policy and polity increasingly transcend the nation state, giving rise to complex regional and global political dynamics. Uncovering our chances of channelling these dynamics into legitimate and just arrangements of 21st century governance is one of the great challenges of our times."

Markus Kornprobst
Professor of International Relations and Academic Director of the MAIS programme,
Vienna School of International Studies