Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Students interested in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program have the option to apply for a Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies and 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 in the heart of one of the world’s great cities.

  • Designed for students especially interested in WMD nonproliferation and U.S.-Russian relations.
  • Program starts in the fall semester and students study at both Middlebury Institute and MGIMO.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum covers global security, history, science and technology, area studies, public policy, and research methods—with emphasis on practical skills.
  • Graduates are prepared for professional careers in the nonproliferation field in national governments, international organizations, academia, think tanks, and the private sector.


In addition to course work, the 62-credit (124 ECTS) program includes an internship as well as preparation and defense of a required thesis. All subject-matter courses are delivered in English, though students also receive training in Russian. 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 internships and thesis preparation, with locations determined on a case-by-case basis.

Research Center Partners

PIR Center, a prominent NGO in Russia, is a partner in the program. Both PIR Center and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) contribute to classroom instruction and practical training and provide internship opportunities.

Internship Opportunities

Students spend their fourth semester completing an internship for at least 12 weeks, and we will assist with internship placement in the U.S., Russia, or another location. Possible internships include positions in international organizations—such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)—as well as in government agencies or think tanks.

Career Advantages

Graduates receiving a Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies will be highly attractive to employers and able to pursue a wide range of professional placements, including careers in government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations committed to nonproliferation, the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy under safeguards, or counterterrorism. With access to the influential worldwide alumni and professional networks of both the Middlebury Institute and MGIMO, graduates will have a wealth of opportunities.

How to Apply

  • Learn how to apply for the dual degree
    • The dual degree is only available for fall start.
    • No accelerated or advanced degree options

Estimated Program Cost: 2017–18 Academic Year

Estimated Costs Fall (MGIMO) Spring (MIIS) Total
Tuition and Fees $7,875 $19,875 $27,750
Room and Board $5,250 $7,538 $12,788
Books and Supplies $100 $450 $550
Personal Expenses $1,750 $900 $2,650
Health Insurance $1,918 $1,918 $3,835
Transportation, Airfare, and Visa $1,900 $563 $2,463
Estimated Cost for Year 1 $18,793 $31,244 $50,036