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Call for applications for Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies


MOSCOW – MONTEREY, MARCH 28, 2016 – Breakthrough in Nonproliferation Education: MGIMO, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey and PIR Center have created a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies. Student enrollment has already begun.

At the end of 2015, PIR Center, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS, California, USA) signed a series of agreements to establish a Dual Degree Master's Program in Nonproliferation Studies.

The creation of this graduate program represents a breakthrough in nonproliferation education, as well as in the international dialogue on global security, nonproliferation and nuclear security. Combination of experience, knowledge, talent and efforts of the world’s leading experts in nonproliferation and in professional education guarantee success of the program.

The program provides comprehensive training in the nonproliferation field and offers the unique opportunity to fulfill the potential of students from all over the world. Training young professionals from nuclear newcomers states is one of its top priorities. The program is designed for students with special interest in nuclear energy, global development and security, WMD nonproliferation and US-Russian relations.

Students will take classes in Moscow and in Monterey. The program’s partners will also assist the students in obtaining internships in think tanks and international organizations specializing in the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including those situated in Moscow, New York, Vienna, Geneva, The Hague and others.

Students will receive two Master’s diplomas: one from the American university and one from the Russian university.

The program is currently accepting applications. Admission requirements and online application form are available on the MIIS website.

The initiative on the Dual-Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies was presented at a side event of the 2015 NPT Review Conference in May 2015. The program meets the objectives of the UN General Assembly Resolution 57/60 “United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education” adopted in 2002.

MGIMO, MIIS and PIR Center’s education and training programs alumni underscore the advantages of the program.

Nikita Perfilyev

Intern and research fellow in PIR Center (2006–2010), PhD student in MGIMO (2007), and graduate of the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program at MIIS (2008–2011). Currently officer in the capacity building and training section at the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

“If PIR Center’s Nonproliferation Summer School gave me a taste of the subject then a master’s degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) was a gateway to the world of multilateral diplomacy and international organizations working in the field of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. In Monterey I received world-class training in nuclear policy issues, which allowed me to join the CTBTO at the professional level with minimal adjustment time. The practical focus of curricula at MIIS enabled me to contribute to solving challenges facing the CTBTO from day one of my work. Although I had to choose between continuing my studies at MGIMO and going to Monterey, with the new PIR Center-MGIMO-Monterey dual degree program there is no need to compromise anymore. The joint degree will provide an opportunity for students studying in Russia to benefit from experience of all three partners”

Sarah Bidgood

MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program’16, graduate of the PIR Center School on Global Security (2015) 

Participating in the PIR Center’s Security School was a truly unique opportunity. Not only was it a chance for me to learn about the Russian perspective on issues critical to global security, but it allowed me to interact on a personal level with Russian and Russian-speaking peers. My fellow participants could not have been more welcoming or more interested in my opinion on the current state of affairs. The lasting friendships I cultivated on the trip give me hope that my generation will be able to overcome diplomatic tensions and work cooperatively together in our future careers. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity.


PIR Center Director Albert Zulkharneev also notes, “Students from Russia and the USA, from other countries like Kazakhstan, states in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will no longer need to choose between Russia and the USA when deciding where to study the issues of global security and, more particularly, the nonproliferation of WMD. Now it became possible under a Dual Degree program, passing Russian and American Master’s degrees and profound knowledge, which will allow students to work in any field of international relations, to discover different points of view and theoretical approaches. The methodology of the program excludes any form of indoctrination or one-sided ideologization. Three institutions develop the program in Russia and the USA, and we are open to working with other research centers and universities, whether in Russia or the USA, or in other countries. Students will gain a complete and balanced understanding of the current state of nonproliferation.”

Information about the program, admission and tuition fees can be found on the PIR Center website - Visit also MGIMO University website or application page on the MIIS website.