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MA Program Russia in the Asia-Pacific: Politics, Economics, Security

FEFU’s MA Program in International Relations Russia in the Asia-Pacific: Politics, Economics, Security is taught in English and aimed at both Russian and international students. This is a graduate degree program in International Relations. It has a cross-disciplinary curriculum, offering courses in diverse fields, such as Political Science, International Political Economy, Security Studies, Regional Studies, Russian Studies, L aw, Languages, and Intercultural Communication.

The MA program is administered by FEFU’s School of Regional and International Studies (SRIS). The School ranks among Russia’s top centers for the study of international relations. SRIS is headed by Vladimir Kuznetsov, the former Governor of Primorsky Territory, who has a wealth of experience in public administration and international politics.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants to the Master’s Degree program in International Relations must have a bachelor’s or higher degree.

The entrance tests for Russian applicants include an examination in History and theory of international relations which assesses their general knowledge in the field of international relations and social sciences (exam questions) and an English language examination which measures English reading and speaking abilities.

FEFU Prospective students How to Apply

International applicants to the Program will have an oral interview on History and theory of international relations. In some cases, an oral interview may be replaced with a writing assignment (writing an essay in English on a particular topic).

Those applicants whose native language is not English will also be asked to pass an English-proficiency test. This is done as an oral interview in English. Alternatively, an applicant can present their IELTS or TOEFL certificates as proof of their command of English. The IELTS or TOEFL test, whose certificate is presented by an applicant, should have been taken no earlier than two years prior to the application date. The minimum required scores: 5.0. (IELTS) and 500 (TOEFL). 

FEFU Prospective international students How to Apply

International admission: +7 (423) 245-94-03, 243-61-34

Master’s Program entrance examinations schedule 2013

Entrance examination Date


Entrance exam on History and theory of international relations August 6, 2013 10:00 a.m. Uborevicha street 25, room 209.
Interview in English August 6, 2013 2 p.m. Uborevicha street 25, room 209.

Master’s Program in international relations entrance examinations booklet (program) (doc, 31 KB)

Program Overview

Total credit points: 120

Duration: 2 years of full-time study.

Final State Certification involves defending of the graduate qualification work (Master’s thesis) and Final State Exam.

Master’s Program in international relations is of special significance for training professionals with a high hiring demand in Vladivostok, Primorsky territory and the whole of the Far Eastern Federal District. Due to its geographical position, this region is Russia’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific, a significant, dynamically developing region. The effective operation of this gateway will be largely supported by the experts in international relations. 

List of courses by title

Core Courses

Political issues in the international system

Theory of diplomacy and modern diplomatic systems

World politics and the New World Order

Diplomacy and conflict resolution in the Asia-Pacific

International relations in North-East Asia

International political economy

Integration processes and Asia-Pasific institutions

New security challenges and human security in the Asia-Pacific

Foreign language for specific purposes

Security issues in the Asia-Pacific

Russia and issues of international law in the Asia-Pacific

Political regimes and problems of democratization in the Asia-Pacific

Optional Courses

Intercultural communication

Energy policies of the Asia-Pacific countries

Geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific

Russian Foreign Policy

Russia’s Political System

Russian Far East as a Subnational Actor

Foreign students enrolled in the program can study the Russian language and culture. Another option, both for Russian and foreign students, is to learn Oriental languages, as SRIS is one of Russia’s leading centers for Oriental Studies. Languages available to study include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Language Courses






Career opportunities

Holders of Master’s degree in International Relations will be able to work in diverse professional areas, including government service, business, higher education, research, and mass-media.

Program faculty

Most of the faculty on the MA program come from the School of Regional and International Studies. However, the program also features professors from other FEFU’s schools, as well as foreign visiting professors, including world-renowned scholars. The students will also be offered lectures by practitioners from business community, security organizations, and foreign policy establishments.

Anatoly Kuznetsov, Head of the MA Program, Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies 
(Non-traditional Security Threats and Human Security in the Asia-Pacific)

Andrey Gubin, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific) 

Kirill Kolesnichenko, Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities
(Russia’s Political System) 

Artyom Lukin, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(International Politics of Northeast Asia)

Ivan Zolotukhin, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(The Geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific)

Vladimir Kuznetsov, Professor of International Relations, Director, School of Regional and International Studies
(Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in the Asia-Pacific)

Vyacheslav Gavrilov, Professor of International Law, School of Law
(Russia and the Issues of International Law in the Asia-Pacific) 

Visiting Professors

Rouben Azizian is Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu, USA). His main areas of research and teaching are regional security cooperation mechanisms, diplomacy and confidence building, energy security as well as Russian, Central and South Asian security issues. Dr. Azizian has published seven books and monographs as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles and working papers on foreign policy and security of Russia, Central Asia, South Asia, Northeast Asia.

Marina Lebedeva is Professor and Head of the World Politics Department at Moscow State Institute of International relations (MGIMO-University). She is one of Russia’s leading international relations experts. Professor Lebedeva has authored numerous monographs, textbooks, and articles, which have been published not only in Russia, but also in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and other countries.

Tsuneo Akaha is Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (USA) and Director of the MIIS Center for East Asian Studies, Professor Akaha specializes in Japanese foreign and security policy, international relations of the Asia Pacific, international political economy, globalization, human rights, human security, and international migration. He is the author of numerous books and articles. He is a member of the editorial board of International Relations of the Asia-Pacific journal.

 Dr. C. Kenneth Quinones is the Dean of Research and Professor of Global Studies at Akita International University in Japan. He has been involved with Northeast Asia since 1962 as a soldier, scholar and diplomat. As a diplomat, he served in South and North Korea, Japan and China, and was the first US diplomat to visit North Korea. He has published several books and numerous academic articles about East Asia.

Tetsuya Toyoda is Associate Professor at Akita International University (Japan). He specializes in international law and East Asian regionalism. Professor Toyoda is the author of Theory and Politics of the Law of Nations.

Paul Richardson is currently a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow at Hokkaido University in Japan. His current research interests include Russia’s role in the Asia-Pacific, Russia’s national development strategy in the Far East, linkages between domestic and foreign policy, and territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific. Dr Richardson is a graduate of University College London (BA first class honours), the University of California Los Angeles (MA), and the University of Birmingham (PhD). He is the author of numerous journal articles in North American, European, Japanese and Indian publications. He is also an editor of the journal Eurasia Border Review.