Master in International Economics

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Program Description

Master in International Economics

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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 Economics

The 2 years MIS program provides a rigorous training in economics with an emphasis on policy issues. We focus on the international dimension of economics, namely trade, international migrations, international macroeconomics, economic history, and development.

Upon completion of the MIS you can obtain a position focused on economic analysis in a broad range of employers. The MIS thesis prepares you to independently conduct insightful and rigorous analysis of economic problems.

Successful completion of the MIS also allows you to continue your studies in a PhD program, either at the Institute or in another institution.

Program structure

The program consists of core classes and electives (economics classes are in English), and a thesis.

-- The core classes give you a solid training in macroeconomics, trade, and econometrics. They are taken over the first three semesters of the program. You will also have the opportunity to take a math refresher course starting shortly before the first semester.

-- Elective cover classes in economics, including an econometrics seminar in the last semester where you will present a preliminary version of your thesis, and selected classes in the Institute’s other disciplines.

-- You will choose a faculty member (advisor) to supervise your master thesis by the beginning of the second year. Students normally narrow the research topic during the third semester, leading to a thesis proposal by the end of the semester. You will focus on writing your thesis in the fourth semester under the guidance of your advisor.

The credit requirements are for 90 credits (ECTS) from classes (36 from six core classes, between 30 and 42 from 5-7 electives in economics and between 12 and 24 from 2-4 electives outside economics) and 30 credits from the thesis.

Target group

Admissions are decided on the basis of individual files. Candidates for the MIS program need two perequisites. First, they should have followed undergraduate economics classes in order to be familiar with the main concepts of economics. Second, they should have a solid mathematical background in order to be equipped to handle the technical aspects of economics. Most (albeit not all) incoming students have an undergraduate degree in economics.

Admission requirements

Master in International Economics: Bachelor’s degree in economics, or a related discipline, or a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in international relations. Applicants to the Master in International Economics must have passed the GRE test.

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