Master in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR) (European & US accreditations)


Program Description

Leads to managerial positions in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector.

Designed for careers in International Organizations, Diplomatic Services, and Private Sector.

The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR-D) responds to the growing demand to train young professionals in Geneva for decision-making careers in international organizations, diplomatic services, and the private sector. Situated in the same city as the United Nations headquarters in Europe, the program takes full advantage of Geneva’s unique situation as a world capital of multilateral diplomacy. The MIR provides substantial resources for its international faculty and student body to network with international institutions (UNHCR, UNECE, UNCTAD, WTO, WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO, WEF, ICRC) and diplomatic missions.

Key Benefits

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty working in academia and international institutions;
  • Providing knowledge and skills to analyze international issues, prepare policy reports and participate in international decision making via international conferences and meetings;
  • Exploring the United Nations system, international regimes, regional agreements, and technical cooperation between states;
  • Gaining insight into multilateral diplomacy being in the heart of “International Geneva”.

Program Details

In addition to core international relations courses, with a focus on the United Nations system and the European Union, foreign policy and geoeconomics, global economy and economic diplomacy, the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy curriculum trains young professionals for decision making positions with courses in international trade organizations and statistics, executive communication and negotiations, multimedia and internet.

The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year.

Year 1

1st Trimester

  • ECO 607 – Global Economics
  • POL 610 – Geoeconomics
  • POL 625 – Regional Cooperation and Diplomacy
  • LAW 660 – International Law

2nd Trimester

  • NEG 615 – International Negotiations
  • POL 621 – Global Environmental Politics
  • POL 632 – Politics of the United Nations: Peace and Security
  • POL 640 – Democracy and Globalization

3rd Trimester

  • MGT 645 – Corporate Governance
  • POL 630 – Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • POL 650 – International Relations in the Middle East
  • TRA 660 – International Trade Law and Policy

4th Trimester

  • POL 660 – Digital Diplomacy
  • POL 698 – Future Issues in International Relations (Capstone Course)

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 140.- or USD 150.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (minimum score 80), IELTS (minimum score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IUG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

Candidates over 30 years would hardly get a student visa in Switzerland

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Ranked among the top ten business schools in Switzerland, the International University in Geneva (IUG) is an accredited academic institution specializing in business education.

Ranked among the top ten business schools in Switzerland, the International University in Geneva (IUG) is an accredited academic institution specializing in business education. Read less