15 January 2018 (early decision)

1 March 2018 (regular decision)


Vienna, Austria

(Partially Funded)



To all 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, get the chance to enroll with a Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS), awarded by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna together with Vienna University, one of the entitled degrees to enroll at university in any doctoral programme related to their field of study.

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  •  The MAIS programme is a two-year academic programme which centers on the advanced study of politics and international relations, international economics, history, and international and European law. Students have to complete an interdisciplinary thesis in this research-based programme.
  •  Graduates holding the academic degree of “Master of Advanced International Studies” (MAIS) are entitled to enrol at university in any doctoral programme related to their field of study. The degree can be positioned after the name.
  • Over the course of the two MAIS years students must complete language courses in German or French comprising at least 4 ECTS. In cooperation with the Language Centre of the University of Vienna and the Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna the DA offers further optional courses in the official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Required Languages

English, with some optional courses offered in German and French

Eligible Countries



Program Period

The MAIS programme extends over two-year full-time.


Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

In order to be eligible for admission to the MAIS programme candidates must have:

  1.  a university degree in any discipline (minimum 180 ECTS)
  2.  an excellent command of English; those candidates whose mother tongue is not English must furnish evidence of their competence in English in the form of:
  • a first degree in English
  • CPE
  • CAE (grade: A)
  • IELTS (academic module with a minimum grade of 7.0)
  • TOEFL (minimum marks of 627 points in the paper test, 263 points in the computer test, or 106 points in the Internet test; DA institutional code / DI code = 7730).

3.  Applications are assessed by the MAIS Admissions Commission. Candidates may also be required to sit a written exam and/or be invited to a personal interview.
Candidates may be admitted directly to the second MAIS year provided they have:

  • Completed the Diploma course of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna or an equivalent university programme (for instance, within the framework of a cooperation agreement of the DA with other universities) or
  • Participated in a first level degree (180 ECTS points) and another graduate programme (60 ECTS points at least) which cover the contents of the MAIS1 year compulsory modules in economics, law, political science and history.

Opportunity Cost

( Partially Funded )

EUR 12,900 / academic year 2018-2019

  • Financial assistance in the form of student loans and scholarships is available to specific target groups, depending on the number of sponsorships received.
  • Additionally, there is a limited number of partial tuition waivers granted by the DA to students of all nationalities based solely on academic performance.
  • Decisions on applications for financial assistance are taken by the Diplomatic Academy Scholarship Fund at the end of May. In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants should submit the filled in and hand-signed scholarship form together with the required application documents.


How to Apply

  1. Register
  2. Fill in the online application form and upload your CV. The document size of your CV must not exceed 1 MB.
  3. Post copies of the following to the DA Registrar’s Office (the documents should reach the Registrar by 15 January or 1 March 2018 at the latest):
  • CV
  • motivation letter
  • proof of competence in English (please check the requirements and the list of accepted certificatesunder the tag “admission”)
  • university/college diploma (Candidates who have not yet finished their university/college studies at the time of application may submit their diploma by 31 July 2018. In case the applicant does not fulfil this requirement, the provisionally reserved study place is forfeited.)
  • transcript of grades
  • copy of your passport
  • photo (passport sized)
  • two academic recommendation letters. These MUST be:

– submitted by the referees to the candidate in a sealed envelope or

– submitted by the referees directly to our registrar by postal mail.

  • If you are applying for a scholarship, you are required to mail the duly completed and signed (no electronic signatures) scholarship form.

Please send the documents listed above to

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Genny Chiarandon
Favoritenstraße 15a
1040 Vienna

We kindly ask you not to bind or staple your application documents together in any way, and not to submit them in a folder of any kind.

Certified Translations

The working languages of the Diplomatic Academy are English, French and German. If your documents are not issued in one of these languages, please make sure you include certified translations with your application.

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