Dual Degree with Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
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).
Fall 2022 Plans
In light of the Russian military actions in Ukraine and the challenges this situation creates for travel to and from Russia, students will have the flexibility to either study online or in person. We are continuing program operations because we believe at some point in the future, it will be necessary to resume diplomacy around nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, and we want to equip the next generation to work together to reduce nuclear dangers.
Applicants and admitted students have the following options:
Enroll in the dual degree program in fall 2022
For students currently outside Russia, enroll remotely in semester one and then in person in Monterey for semesters two and three
For students currently inside Russia, take classes in person in Moscow in semester one and then, if necessary, remotely for semesters two and three
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.
To apply to this dual degree, you will need to submit an application to the Middlebury Institute and a separate application to MGIMO. See below for the deadlines and appropriate links for each application.
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.
During your time at the Middlebury Institute, you can take advantage of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies (MIR), which enables students with advanced Russian language skills to professionalize their interests 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
2022–23 Academic Year
Tuition and Fees*
Room and Board
Books and Supplies
Transportation, Airfare, and Visa
*Tuition rates are subject to change in future academic years.
** At the Middlebury Institute, students are required to have health insurance during the entirety of their program. Visit our health insurance guide for more health insurance options and resources.
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.
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