One-Year MAS in Sustainable Finance and Development

MAS in sustainable finance and development

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The One-Year Master (60 ECTs) in Sustainable Finance and Development is a selective post-graduate programme focused on preparing students for employment in the financial sector, international organisations, NGOs and think tanks. 

The programme combines training in the advanced empirical and analytical tools that are required for employment in the rapidly developing and high-demand field of ESG and impact investing. Most of the core courses of the programme are taught by the faculty of the International Economics Department and faculty from our other departments and provide students with the necessary analytical skills and the transdisciplinary background they will need in order to apply the tools of sustainable finance to the world of socially responsible investment aimed at financing the SDG goals. Our practitioners course on sustainable finance offers a unique exposure to sustainable finance firms from the financial sector, accounting, consultancy as well as multinational organisations. 

This applied approach – teamed with our close connection to one of the globally dominant sustainable investment hub  that benefits from the presence of many international organisations and our close connection with the international financial organisations the World Bank and the IFC opens up many career opportunities in banking, wealth management, impact investing both in the financial sector and with multinational organisations. 

Key Information        curriculum   

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Key benefits

  • Acquire analytical and quantitative skills demanded by the financial system and international organisations

  • Identify the main challenges of sustainable finance and how to overcome them

  • Design and build innovative sustainable financial instruments aligned to the latest regulatory frameworks

  • Be able to quantify the impact of your portfolios

  • Be equipped to implement change in your organisation

Unique learning experience

  • Learn from an unparalleled variety of world- renowned faculty and leading practitioners in the field of sustainable finance 

  • Tailor your studies according to your particular interests with interdisciplinary electives in sociology, political science, international law and history 

  • Build your professional network

  • Benefit from an exceptional student–faculty ratio

  • Join the Graduate Institute’s network of 22’000 alumni, and be part of a diverse community of 110 nationalities from all 5 continents


  • Who should apply: Graduates and Professionals holding a bachelor degree. No professional experience is required. Background in economics and finance is preferred.

  • Admission requirement: GRE or GMAT results accepted until 1 March 2023

  • Format: Full-time programme 

  • Duration: 12 months - including internship

  • Dates: September - September

  • Fee: CHF 35’000

  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland

  • Deadlines:
    Late application deadline: 1 March 2023
    Decision notification: 15 March 2023
    Confirmation Deadline: 16 April 2023

  • General Contact:

  • To book a consultation meeting with Professor Nathan Sussman, Pictet Chair in Finance and Development >>> Click here>

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Please send the application form, a copy of your latest diploma, your resume, cover letter and GRE/GMAT scores to


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Our program's professors at the Building Bridges Summit 2022

Professor Beatrice Weder di Mauro
Professor Nathan Sussman
Professor Ugo Panizza

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