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The two-year master’s degree is a joint program between the Freie University Berlin, the Humboldt University Berlin and the Potsdam University.  The program is internationally oriented and was founded in 2003.

Due to the university cooperation, students benefit from an extensive course offering of all three universities that covers a broad range of theoretical approaches, thematic subject fields and regional expertise. 

The Master of Arts International Relations (MAIB) is one of the most competitive university programs in Europe. Every year MAIB receives a large number of highly qualified applications for a limited number of spots. The program has an international profile with 40% of the students having received their master’s degree abroad. For an innovative concept, high quality teaching and a convincing international orientation MAIB received an award from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. It was also designated as one of the 10 best international master degree programs in Germany. The MAIB is a 4 semester, consecutive, bi-lingual (English/German) program. The degree is offered jointly by Freie University Berlin, Humboldt-University Berlin and the University of Potsdam. Students have the opportunity to attend seminars and lectures regularly offered by all three universities. 

In addition, MAIB offers a German-Russian double-master program in cooperation with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).