Interdisciplinary Master


Learn a critical approach to understanding the structural transformations that shape the international system and the development of human societies. 


Our programmes


The Interdisciplinary Master programmes offer students the choice to pursue either a Master in International Affairs or a Master in Development Studies, both of which draw from the Institute’s core disciplines: anthropology and sociology, economics, history, law and political science. 

Each of these two-year degrees combines critical analyses of alternative paradigms, methodological competences and substantive knowledge in thematic specialisations, as well as practice-oriented applied research projects and skills workshops, in order to prepare students for successful careers in government, international organisations, business or the non-profit sector.


This master provides students with a sound understanding of the actors, policies and processes that shape global governance today.

Students may choose from one of three specialisation tracks:

  • Global Security
  • Trade and International Finance
  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability

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Students will gain an understanding of the local and global processes that define the politics and practices of international development.

Students may choose from one of three specialisation tracks:

  • Mobilities, Spaces and Cities
  • Power and Conflict
  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability

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Giordano turned an Applied Research Project (Capstone) from his Master in Development Studies into a career opportunity. He currently supports people with refugee or migrant backgrounds in establishing their own businesses through SINGA Switzerland.

our practice-oriented programmes

Our Interdisciplinary Master programmes include the completion of an Applied Research Project (Capstone). These projects gives students the opportunity to collaborate with one of the Graduate Institute’s international partners in Geneva to conduct hands-on research. 

As part of the programmes, students also attend professional skills workshops, which are facilitated by industry experts. These workshops help students acquire or enhance the tools necessary for them to build a career in international affairs and/or development.


Superb interdisciplinary training - my two years as a student in the Master of Development Studies programme has been a period of vast intellectual, professional and personal of growth.
Jerik Cruz

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 alumni have secured employment with the United Nations, European Commission, Médecins Sans Frontières, HSBC, World Economic Forum, UBS and elsewhere. Others have taken up doctoral, post-doctoral or faculty positions at Cambridge University, Harvard, Sciences Po, Oxford University, Princeton and LSE, to mention just a few. Learn more


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 100 candidates to our Interdisciplinary Master programmes. 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.


Academic excellence

Cosmopolitan culture

International career

High levels financial aid

International Geneva

A vibrant community