Dual Degree with Sciences Po

The dual degree programme with Sciences Po in Paris offers a select group of students the opportunity to complete a Master's degree at both institutions within two academic years.

"In particular the French language and the differences in the educational culture were a challenge during the first months. During breaks I am spoiled for choice in the cosmopolitan city of Paris – the options are seemingly infinite and many tourist attractions, such as the Louvre or Notre-Dame de Paris can be easily reached on foot from Sciences Po. The intercultural environment at Sciences Po and the interdisciplinary, generalist and practice-oriented education at HSG are a perfect fit. The double degree programme is an exciting and highly educational experience that I would not want to miss. It provides excellent preparation for my career, which I intend to start in an international environment."

Selma Merdan, DDP Sciences Po Alumna

Dual degree students spend their first academic year at Sciences Po, where you can choose among various Master's programmes. During your second year you attend the Master's programme in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) at the University of St.Gallen. The dual degree programme starts in the autumn semester only and offers its dual degree students three curriculum options to choose from.

All dual degree students write their Master's thesis at the University of St.Gallen.


Celebrating 20 Years of our Dual Degree with Sciences Po

Admission and Application

Open recruitment: Apply directly for the Dual Degree programme with Sciences Po.

Prospective students apply directly - without having to first enroll in the MIA programme or at Sciences Po. You will spend your first year in Paris and choose among

  • Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) 
  • School of Public Affairs
  • School of Management and Innovation

During the second year, you attend the Master’s Programme in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) at the University of St.Gallen.

Please refer to Sciences Po's admissions website for updated information on required documentation.


The application deadline for a start in the Autumn Semester 2024 ends on 28 January 2024: Online Application. Participants are selected by a joint committee from Sciences Po and the University of St.Gallen.

More information can be found on the website of Sciences Po.

Curriculum Sciences Po

At Sciences Po you can choose among the various Master's programmes offered by the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA):

  • Environmental Policy
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
  • International Development
  • International Economic Policy
  • International Energy
  • International Public Management
  • International Security.

At the School of Public Affairs you can choose between

  • Master's programme in Public Policy, and
  • Master's programme in European Affairs.

Alternatively, the School of Management and Innovation offers the

  • Master's programme in Finance and Strategy, and the
  • Master's programme in International Business and Sustainability.

Dual Degree students will pursue in each case the first year curriculum of these two-year Master's programmes in Paris. All Double Degree students write their Master's Thesis at the University of St.Gallen.

Curriculum MIA

Regular MIA
Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
Mandatory courses        
International Politics & Market Economy 6 6 6  
International Law & Business Strategy 6 6 6  
Data Analytics and Causal Inference 6 6   6
Strategies of Social Science Inquiry 6   6 6
Cases in International Affairs 4     4
MIA Mornings: Skills and Competences 2     2
Core Electives        
Thematic Courses 4-20 4-20 4-20 4-20
Methodological Courses 0-16 0-16 0-16 0-16
Consultancy Projects 4-12 4-12 4-12 4-12
Independent Electives 0-8 0-8 0-8 0-8
Master's Thesis 18 18 18 18
Contextual Studies 18 - - -
Total 90 60 60 60

All Dual Degree students write their Master's Thesis at the University of St.Gallen.

Crediting and Tuition Fees

A total of 90 ECTS have to be completed. Dual Degree students complete 60 ECTS at the University of St.Gallen; 30 ECTS are credited for course work completed at Sciences Po. Students can select 30 ECTS from the Compulsory Courses and Core Electives completed at Sciences Po. Dual Degree students may not apply for "Practice Credits" as they may not credit more than 30 external credits to their MIA diploma.

The grades from Paris are converted as follows: Since Autumn 2021 we determine quarter grades for all our Dual Degree students, which result along the lines of the Grading Scale below.

Grading Scale

Sciences Po University of St.Gallen
16.00 - 20.00 6
14.00 - 15.99 5.5
13.00 - 13.99 5
12.00 - 12.99 4.5
10.00 - 11.99 4
8.33 - 9.99 3.5
6.66 - 8.32 3
5.00 - 6.65 2.5
3.33 - 4.99 2
1.66 - 3.32 1.5
0 - 1.65 1

Grade average

The grade average of the Master's degree HSG results from the weighting of the completed 90 credits. For Ph.D. studies at the University of St.Gallen a grade average of 5.0 is required.

Negative weighted credit points

The calculation of the negative weighted credit points takes into account the courses completed in Paris which are credited to the Master's degree HSG (equivalent to 30 credits). Across the total of 90 credits 13.5 negative weighted credit points may be accumulated.

Tuition fees apply at the institution where Double Degree students are currently registered.
At the University of St.Gallen, Double Degree students pay the regular tuition fees. Tuition fees at Sciences Po range from 0 - 19'670 Euro per academic year depending on your income.

For more information on tuition feed at Science Po, please check here.


Daniela Engelmann


Administrative Programmleiterin

International Affairs / SEPS
Büro 52-5062
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St. Gallen

Dominik Sachs

Prof. Dr.

Akademischer Programmleiter

Bodanstrasse 8
9000 St Gallen