Master In International Affairs

Master In International Affairs


The two-year full-time Master in International Affairs (MIA) programme furthers the school’s mission of educating current and future generations of leaders to improve the level of governance in Asia. The programme brings Asia’s role as a key influencer in world affairs to the forefront.

The MIA programme provides students with a strong foundation in both theoretical frameworks and practical knowledge of multi-disciplinary subfields of international relations, together with an immersive experience in Asia.







Applicants should be passionate about understanding the transformation that is taking place in Asia and across the world, and are highly motivated, outward-looking, and open to new ideas.

Applicants seeking admission to the programme should possess a good Bachelors (Honours – second class and above) degree or its equivalent. Applicants should submit GRE, GMAT or LSAT test results.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is critical.

Application and required documents

Applicants must submit an online application. The following documents (in soft copies) are required when submitting an application.

  • Online application form
  • • Degree scrolls and academic transcripts
  • • A valid GRE / GMAT / LSAT test score
  • • Personal statement (no more than 500 words)
  • • One writing sample (no more than 2000 words)
  • • Three letters of reference

For the detailed information on each of the application documents, please visit the school’s website.

MIA Curriculum

MIA student are required to read 64 modular credits and achieve a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of minimum 3.0 to graduate. You need to complete the following:

  • • 7 Core modules
  • • 5 Specialisation Elective modules
  • • 3 Elective modules
  • • Master Thesis / Capstone Project

You may opt to graduate without a specialisation.


  • • Politics, International Relations and Law
  • • International Security
  • • International Economics and Development
  • • Regional Studies: The Asia Pacific
  • • International Public Management and Leadership
  • • Energy, Environment, Water

Please visit the LKY school’s website for the list of core modules and electives offered.

What you gain from the MIA programme

  • • Gain working knowledge and deep understanding of issues, theories and debates in international affairs that can assist you to achieve exciting careers in diplomacy, public and foreign service, business, security, conflict resolution and development
  • • hone critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of each international affairs subfield, and learn to make sense of its complexities
  • • apply key theories and analytical tools to devise solutions for complex problems
  • • learn cross-cultural and decision making skills to make practical judgements that are balanced by theoretical, analytical and ethical considerations
  • • gain the confidence to provoke and effect positive transformations in the world, solving problems in ways that are constructive, imaginative, analytically sound, practically feasible and culturally sensible
  • • acquire a deep, nuanced understanding of Asia and its place in the world

MIA Tuition Fees

The following tuition fees are applicable for Academic Year 2018. Please note that fees are subject to change.

MIA AY 2019 Tuition Fees Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4


Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students alike*






* Tuition fee subject to prevailing GST (Currently 7%).

Students should ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their travel to and from the home country, accommodation, and other living expenses. While students are eligible to join the School’s medical insurance plan, a co-payment element is applicable. Students are advised to make provision for their own medical expenses.

Funding your Studies

The LKY School offers a number of merit-based scholarships. Some of our students also rely on student loans as part of their financing strategy, while others are able to secure funding from outside sources. These include private charitable foundations, their employers, the government in their home countries, or professional associations and organisations.


Scholarship applicants must have good academic and professional records. They must demonstrate leadership potential and a desire to contribute to public service. Not all scholarships will be awarded unless there are candidates of sufficient merit. Scholars should not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship or award without the prior approval from the School.

Candidates must indicate that they wish to be considered for scholarship when they submit their application via our online application system.

Contact Information

If you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 6516 8004.