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 weapons of mass destruction (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.

Career Outcomes

Here is a sample of the careers our graduates are pursuing:

  • Program Director at the PIR Center in Moscow, Russia
  • Research Assistant at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia
  • Research Associate at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation in Vienna, Austria
  • Global Trade Compliance Analyst at Tesla in Oakland, California
  • Risk Analyst at Morgan Stanley in Baltimore, Maryland

Visit our curriculum page to learn more about internship opportunities.

Calendar 

Students starting the program in 2019 should note the following important dates:

  • August 22–23, 2019: Recommended arrival at MGIMO (August 22 is the earliest day students may move into dorms)
  • August 28, 2019: Integration week begins (new student orientation)
  • August 31, 2019: Tuition due to MGIMO
  • September 2, 2019: Classes begin
  • December 21, 2019: Classes end
  • December 22, 2019–January 8, 2020: Official exam preparation period/no classes
  • January 9–17, 2020: *Exam period
  • January 21–24, 2020: *Middlebury Institute New Student Orientation, which you are required to attend
  • January 27, 2020: First day of class at the Middlebury Institute

* Please note there are only a few days between the exam period in Moscow and the start of orientation in Monterey.

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 policy making, NGOs, and global business.

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 fourth 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.