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 International Relations and Political Science
The Master in International Studies (MIS) is a two-year program designed for students wishing to develop expertise in international relations. The program prepares students for doctoral studies, research activities, and careers dealing with different aspects of international relations which require strong analytical and research skills, whether in the public or the private sector.
The program is aimed at providing the analytical tools and the substantive background to understand a wide range of topics, both in the present and in the future. Students follow a standard sequence of core courses, as well as several subfield survey courses; in addition, there are numerous electives that can be taken. During the second year of studies, each student writes a master's thesis or, depending on whether he/she wishes to transfer to the doctoral program, a dissertation prospectus.
Throughout their studies, students have extensive access to political science faculty, both regular professors in the unit and recurring or one-time visitors. Classes for the most part are small and students work closely with faculty. This access, as well as the analytical strengths of the curriculum, the proximity to various international governmental and nongovernmental organizations in Geneva, and the broad geographical and cultural range of students in the program, make for a solid and rewarding grounding in the field.
Master in International Relations and Political Science: Bachelor’s degree in political science - or a related discipline, or a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in international relations.
The Institute is a bilingual English-French institution; students are therefore required to demonstrate their knowledge of these languages by including the relevant certificates with their application forms.
* Level required: candidates are required to demonstrate excellent command of the language, both written and spoken, attested by a language certificate
* Candidates of English mother-tongue and those who have completed secondary or post-secondary education in English, attested by a diploma, are exempt from this requirement.
* Level required: a passive knowledge of French can be acquired during the first study semester;
* Candidates of French mother-tongue, candidates who have completed secondary or post-secondary education in French, attested by a diploma, or candidates who have obtained a French diploma equivalent to a DELF B2 are exempt from this requirement.
* Request for a waiver: candidates with no prior knowledge of French may request a waiver. Upon successful acceptance to the Institute they will be required to attend an intensive French course during the 3 weeks preceding the start of the autumn semester and for the duration of the first semester; upon completion of the course they will be required to take a language test.
Last updated December 1, 2015