Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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Overview

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.

Through our core activities, we aim to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. More broadly, we endeavor to develop creative thinking on the major challenges of our time, foster global responsibility and advance respect for diversity.

We are a cosmopolitan community located in the heart of Geneva, an international city and a center of global governance. By intensely engaging with international organisations, NGOs, governments and multinational companies, we participate in global discussions and prepare future policy-makers to lead tomorrow's world.

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Addresses

General

(The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
132 rue de Lausanne
P.O. Box 136
CH-1211
Geneva 21, Switzerland

  • (+41) 22-908-5700
  • (+41) 22-908-5710
  • email

Admissions

(The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
132 rue de Lausanne
P.O. Box 136
CH-1211
Geneva 21, Switzerland

  • (+41) 22-908-6261
  • (+41) 22-908-5710
  • email

Career Services

(The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Career Service
132 rue de Lausanne
P.O. Box 136
CH-1211, Geneva 21, Switzerland

  • (+41) 22-908-5755
  • (+41) 22-908-5710
  • email

Degree Requirements

Master in International Affairs - 2 years

  • This innovative two-year programme provides interdisciplinary training in international relations. It combines the theoretical study of international economics, history, international law and political science along with interdisciplinary seminars and professional workshops.

Master in International Relations and Political Science - 2 years

  • The Master in International Relations and Political Science is a two-year programme designed for students wishing to develop expertise in international relations. The programme prepares students for doctoral studies, research activities as well as careers dealing with different aspects of international relations which require strong analytical and research skills, whether in the public or the private sector.

Master in Development Studies - 2 years

  • The Master in Development Studies aims to provide students with the methodological and theoretical skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, which enable them to approach the major themes in the area of development in a pertinent manner.

Master in Anthropology and Sociology of Development - 2 years

  • The Master in Anthropology and Sociology of Development is a two-year programme that provides in-depth training in Anthropology and Sociology from an international perspective. The programme aims to provide students with the analytical and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence, and are influenced by, policy interventions, especially � but not exclusively � in the field of development. Other areas of interest include conflict and peacebuilding, location and migration, as well as identity politics.

Master in International Law - 2 years

  • The Masters in International Law provides participants with the tools and approaches necessary for a rigorous analysis of contemporary international legal problems. The curriculum covers both public and private international law with a focus on human rights and humanitarian law, state responsibility, environmental law, trade law, international criminal law and dispute settlement.

Master in International Economics - 2 years

  • The Master in International Economics combines analytical rigor and practical applications to provide students with the up-to-date tools, knowledge and intuition needed for economic policy analysis. The programme prepares students for doctoral studies, research and careers in the public and private sectors. Core classes focus on micro and macroeconomics, trade policy, regional integration, econometrics, development economics and the international monetary and financial system.

Master in International History - 2 years

  • The Master in International History is a two-year programme that sets out to provide participants with the tools and approaches necessary for rigorous analysis of the foreign policies of major powers, political ideas, global economic and social history, the history of international relations as well as subjects with a regional focus.

Dual Master Programme with Harvard Kennedy School - 2 years

  • Designed as a two-year, full-time learning experience for those with seven or more years of professional experience, the dual degree program invites participants to combine the first year in one of the Graduate Institute's Interdisciplinary Master programs with the second year at Harvard Kennedy School, in its Mid-Career Master of Public Administration. Participants will earn two master degrees: one from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and one from Harvard Kennedy School, in two years rather than three, had the programs been taken separately.

    The program is designed to take advantage of two premier institutions, one with a focus on global affairs, the other on public service. Similar to a professional sabbatical, the program will allow participants to study under Graduate Institute professors as they build their global network in the International Geneva context, and then to explore best practices in public service and leadership with a second set of professors at Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more.

PhD in Anthropology and Sociology of Development -

  • The Institute's PhD with a specialisation in Anthropology and Sociology of Development aims to provide students with analytical and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence, and are influenced by, policy interventions, especially (but not exclusively) in the field of development. Other areas of interest include conflict and peacebuilding, location and migration as well as identity politics.

PhD in International Law -

  • The PhD with a specialisation in International Law is a four-year programme offering high-level training that prepares graduates for academic careers or executive and research positions in the public or private sectors. Students work closely with a world-renowned faculty composed of both academics and practitioners from many different legal traditions. Classes and seminars are offered in all areas of international law.

PhD in Development Economics -

  • The Institute's PhD with a specialisation in Development Economics is geared towards providing state-of-the-art training in macro and micro-economics as well as econometrics. In this programme, students are encouraged to take a minor in another discipline at the PhD level in order to be equipped to deal with complex issues from at least two academic standpoints. In addition, students have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork by taking part in projects being supervised by faculty members in developing countries.

PhD in International Economics -

  • The Institute's PhD with a specialisation in International Economics offers advanced training focusing on trade and international monetary economics in addition to other key contemporary issues in the economics field. As part of the programme, students produce a thesis that represents a substantial contribution to the discipline which also serves to strengthen their ability to combine independent research with formal methodologies and the tools of modern economics for a future career in this area.

PhD in International History -

  • The PhD in International History is a challenging degree tailored for outstanding students with a strong commitment to these areas and a proven ability to carry out independent research work. It helps prepare graduates for an academic career or for research-oriented positions in the public or private sector.

PhD in International Relations and Political Science -

  • This PhD is designed to prepare students for a career in international relations involving close contact with research. The programme gives students the range of skills needed to produce their doctoral thesis and to carry out and understand in-depth research after their studies. Students work closely with advisers and other faculty members and are given the opportunity to work on multiple projects and present their research at major international meetings.

Summer Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance - 3 weeks

  • The summer programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn and think about major current issues in world politics and the resulting challenges for multilateral governance. The programme makes participants experience the world of multilateralism through direct interaction with diplomats, negotiators and activists and through visits to some of the prominent international organisations located in Geneva.

Summer Programme on the WTO, International Trade and Development - 2 weeks

  • The Summer Programme on the WTO, International Trade and Development provides participants with a unique opportunity to enter into the analysis and atmosphere of multilateral trade, just a few meters away from the WTO. The programme, delivered with the Graduate Institute Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, combines and integrates economic, legal and political analysis of international trade and development. Participants will benefit from input of negotiators, academics and issue-based activists, and will experience the field of international trade firsthand.

LL.M. in Global Health Law and International Institutions - 2 years

  • A joint programme WITH Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. This LL.M. is open to highly qualified candidates from the public and private sectors with a first degree in law (or their J.D.) and a strong interest or background in global health law and policy. The programme brings together two institutions at the cutting edge of global heath law diplomacy (Georgetown University Law Center and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) to offer graduate students an unmatched opportunity to further their careers in a rapidly growing field of law. Students may begin their coursework at Georgetown on a full- or part-time basis. After completion of one full-time semester or up to three part-time semesters at Georgetown, students will complete the program with a full-time spring semester at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Fields of Specialization

Anthropology and Sociology of Development

Development Studies

International Affairs

International Economics

International History

International Law

International Relations/Political Science

Scholarship Information

The Institute deploys invests considerable resources in financial aid, with the goal of attracting talented scholars from around the world, regardless of origin and financial ability. While other institutions generally offer only tuition reduction, the Institute also provides a large number of cost of living scholarships of CHF 18,000 each.

We expect all of our students to contribute toward the cost of their education. Therefore, and in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity, each recipient of a full scholarship is required to pay an annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000.

Financial aid is awarded by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of a written application documenting financial need; by exception, a few merit-based scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence.

Financial aid may take the following forms:

  • A full scholarship in the amount of CHF 18,000, which corresponds to the minimum living costs for one year;
  • A partial scholarship in the amount of CHF 9,000;
  • A merit scholarship awarded on the basis of academic excellence; it may be associated with a paid position as a teaching assistant or with need-based tuition reduction. An annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000 is charged in all cases.

    In addition, tuition reduction may be awarded in combination with all types of scholarships.

    Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed on the basis of a documented application, in accordance with the resources available at the Institute. Full scholarships for Master degree students are generally renewed for a second year, following review of the student’s financial situation, provided that the s/he is in good academic standing and depending on the availability of financial resources.

    More information on Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

    Professional Fellowship Opportunity

    Global South Scholar-In-Residence Programme

    This programme aims at developing an intellectual exchange between academics from Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Graduate Institute's faculty. Three candidates per semester will be selected to spend one semester at the Institute in order to take advantage of the programme to update their teaching curricula, participate in teaching courses, further their research projects and contribute to enriching the intellectual life of the Institute. To view the application, click here.

    For more information, visit the relevant page on Graduate Institute's website: http://graduateinstitute.ch/in-residence, click here.

    Or send an email to: in-residence@graduateinstitute.ch

    Core Courses

  • Conflict and Security Studies
  • History of International Relations
  • Humanitarian and Human Rights Law
  • International Organisations and Institutions
  • International Finance and Trade
  • International Political Economy
  • Migration and Refugees
  • Environment
  • Development
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