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Earn both a Master’s in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute and a Master’s in International Affairs from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), one of Russia’s most prestigious and internationally respected educational institutions.

Designed for students particularly interested in WMD nonproliferation and U.S.-Russian relations, the 62-credit (124 ECTS) program covers global security, history, science and technology, area studies, public policy, and research methods—with an emphasis on practical skills. Students complete an internship and also prepare and defend a required thesis.

All subject-matter courses are in English, though students who are not fluent in Russian also receive training in the Russian language. Students take classes at MGIMO in Moscow in the first semester and classes in Monterey in the second and third semesters. The fourth and final semester is devoted to an internship and thesis preparation, with locations determined on a case-by-case basis. See the Dual Degree Curriculum for details.

Graduates are prepared for professional careers in the nonproliferation field in national governments, international organizations, academia, think tanks, and the private sector.

Application Deadlines

  • Dual degree applicants who need a visa to study in Russia must apply for admission by July 15.
    • Students who do not have sufficient Russian or English language skills are encouraged to apply earlier as you may be required to attend summer language programs which begin in early June. Contact your enrollment advisor with questions.
  • Dual degree applicants who do NOT need a visa to study in Russia may apply for admission by August 20.

The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to receive our largest scholarships, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.


We recently had students interning with the following organizations and others:

  • UN Office of Disarmament Affairs, New York
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna
  • PIR Center, Moscow
  • Risk analysis consulting firm with Facebook Global Security as a client, California

Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies

During your time at the Middlebury Institute you can take advantage of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS), which enables students with advanced Russian language skills to professionalize their interest in Russia and Eurasia. It provides experiential learning and international opportunities for students interested in careers in policymaking, NGOs, and global business.

Estimated Program Cost: 2018–19 Academic Year

  Fall (MGIMO) Spring (MIIS) Total
Tuition and Fees* $7,875 $20,389 $28,264
Room and Board $5,250 $7,538 $12,788
Books and Supplies $100 $450 $550
Personal Expenses $1,750 $900 $2,650
Health Insurance $1,918 $1,918 $3,835
Transportation, Airfare, and Visa $1,900 $563 $2,463

Estimated Program Cost: 2019–20 Academic Year

  Fall (MGIMO) Spring (MIIS) Total
Tuition and Fees* $7,875 $20,797 $28,672
Room and Board $5,250 $7,965 $13,215
Books and Supplies $100 $450 $550
Personal Expenses $1,750 $900 $2,650
Health Insurance $1,918 $2,601 $4,519
Transportation, Airfare, and Visa $1,900 $428 $2,328

* Tuition rates are subject to change in future academic years.

For U.S. Students Using Veterans’ Benefits

U.S. students who want to use veterans’ benefits toward tuition and expenses can only do so for the semesters they are enrolled at the Middlebury Institute (second and third semesters). For the first and third semesters, while enrolled at MGIMO, students will have to make other arrangements to pay tuition and expenses. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.