Master in International Affairs

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Program Description

Master in International Affairs

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

This innovative two-year programme - Master in International Affairsprovides 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 Affairs

In today’s rapidly changing world, strong analytical skills and the lens of complementary disciplines are essential to understand new dynamics and to design policy. In this perspective, the Master in International Affairs offers:

  • a substantial familiarisation with at least two disciplines in international relations, and specialisation in two of the following three innovative themes: Global and regional integration, Security and conflict management, and Global society.
  • an opportunity to acquire or enhance the technical and professional skills that are necessary for effective analysis and decision-making, such as quantitative methods, communication and negotiating techniques, and project management.

At the Institute, we are keen on offering the best conditions for independent thinking and collective learning. The MIA programme provides:

  • an educational experience based on both small-group seminars and workshops, and larger class settings.
  • an opportunity to give free rein to one's creativity and analytical capacity in seminar work based on personal research and in the final dissertation (mémoire).

We are open to the world and value exchanges with international policy-makers and educational partners :

  • students can acquire credits through an internship.
  • students can spend one semester abroad thanks to exchange agreements with a selection of top institutions across the world.

MIA Program structure

The MIA programme is worth 120 ECTS credits that are earned in four consecutive semesters: 90 credits for coursework and 30 credits for the final dissertation (mémoire). In principle, a two-hour weekly class for the duration of a semester is worth 6 credits. The workshops are worth 3 credits each. The interdisciplinary se minars are worth 9 credits. The typical course load is five courses (30 credits) per semester .

The programme is composed of three concentrations: 1) Global and regional integration; 2) Security and conflict management; and 3) Global society. Given the programme's overarching goal of multidisciplinarity, students must take six courses from at least two different concentrations. Concentration courses can be taken as of the first semester.

Admission requirements

If an application for the MIA is to be taken into consideration, the student must hold:

  • a Bachelor’s degree – or a diploma deemed equivalent – in one of the Institute’s four disciplines (law, economics, history, political science); or
  • a Bachelor’s degree in international relations

For holders of a Bachelor’s degree in one of the Institute’s disciplines, familiarity with another of the Institute’s disciplines is a definite advantage. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than law and social sciences with a high-quality academic record may also apply for the program.

Admission is decided by an interdisciplinary commission on the basis of the candidate’s application file, his or her academic results, motivation, and work experience, provided that it is relevant.

Language requirements

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 pass a language test.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,500 CHF
Start date Sept. 2017
Switzerland Geneva
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 1,500 CHF
per term;CHF 2,500 international student