Master in Anthropology & Sociology


The Department of Anthropology and Sociology  approaches the study of international affairs and development by inquiring into how social and cultural life, as well as political and economic practices, are shaped across multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Our master and PhD programmes offer unique opportunities for students interested in conducting social research on the major issues impacting our world: globalisation, development, governance, conflict, migration, democracy, environment, gender and health. Students receive a solid grounding in classical and contemporary social theory, as well as training in a variety of research methods.

Master in Anthropology and Sociology

  • Two-year programme that includes an MA thesis
  • Offers rigorous training in anthropology and sociology
  • Combines coursework in small class settings, opportunities for independent field research and close mentoring



This has been one of the most wonderful experiences in my academic life so far. I’ve been able to discuss and challenge my ideas, both with professors and students from all over the world, enhancing my ability to analyse problems in a more critical way.
Clara Guardado
Master student, 2017

Funding opportunities

The Graduate Institute strives to support talented scholars from around the world. Affordable tuition fees and financial aid enable our MA and PhD students to complete their studies with less pressure.



90% of our students find work within four months of graduation. Recent ANSO graduates have secured employment with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Labour Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and more. Others have taken up doctoral, post-doctoral or faculty positions at the University of Geneva, the Max Planck Institute, the University of Oxford and University College London, to mention just a few. Learn more

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I adapt my course syllabi every year to take into account the lessons learned from previous years, to update readings and explore new avenues. The last fine-tuning is done when I meet the students for the first time.
Vinh-Kim Nguyen
Professor, Anthropology and Sociology

Our student body

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is home to students from all over the world. Roughly 1,000 students from 100 countries are enrolled in our various programmes. Each year, we admit about 20 candidates to our Master in International Economics, while the two PhD programmes in Economics admit a combined total of 12 students each year. While admission rates vary by programme, the Institute generally admits about 30-40% of its applicants.



The Graduate Institute is a specialised school serving a very diverse community in the heart of International Geneva: nearly 20-25% of people in the Swiss city are connected to an international institution. The Institute’s close ties with the international community are reflected in the five social science disciplines taught here, all imbued with a global perspective. 

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Professor Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies at the Graduate Institute, discusses what makes the Institute so unique and shares his thoughts on academic excellence.

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