Master Programs

As an international university, FISIPOL UGM offers an integrated graduate curriculum program. The learning duration of each program is as follows:

International Relations

The lectures are conducted by referring to the SKS program, in which S1 (undergraduate degree) is allotted with a 4-years study period, whereas S2 (master program) is allowed to take 45 credits with a 2-years study period. The lectures are conducted in the classroom with tutorials, workshops and seminars, discussions, and also outside the classroom (workshops and seminars, discussions) with several collaborative programs involving various stakeholders.

Communication Studies

Students are required to complete 39 credits of lectures + 6 credits of thesis composition in 4 (four) semesters. The activities carried out in a 3-credits course within a semester entail 16 meetings/lectures including test allocation. Thesis composition is required in the fourth semester.


The S2 (master program) consists of 3 (three) semesters for theory and 1 (one) semester for thesis composition, or 2 semesters for theory and 2 (two) semesters for thesis composition, with a total credit of 45 SKS (credit unit). Meanwhile, the S3 (doctoral) program is conducted for 3 (three) years with 2 (two) semesters of theory.

Public Policy and Management

Duration of study 4 (four) semesters. Total study capacity of 45 credits consisting of 36 credits on theory and 9 credits on thesis composition. Theory is taught through lectures in classes for 3 (three) semesters with a composition of 15 credits allotted for 1st and 2nd semester, 6 credits for the 3rd semester, and another 9 credits for thesis composition.

Politics and Government

In the scope of teaching and curriculum, for participants bearing a master's degree (S2) the study load is 40 (forty) credits scheduled to be completed in 6 semesters. While the study load of the doctoral program (S3) for non master’s degree (S2) graduate students is 52 (fifty-two) credits scheduled to be completed in 6 semesters.

Social Development and Welfare

This program is designed to be completed in 3 (three) semesters or 18 (eighteen) months. Two semesters are reserved for gaining a deeper understanding of the realities of social issues, concepts, theories, and paradigms in the field of social and welfare development, while one semester is allotted for guidance and thesis composition, thus giving a total of 45 SKS (credits).

Master of Public Administration

The curriculum for MPA at FISIPOL UGM is implemented by using a semester system, in which the number of courses taken during the program amount to 48 credits including thesis.