Master in International History and Politics


The International History and Politics Department at the Graduate Institute is uniquely positioned to monitor and examine the making of international policies and the global history that stands behind them. The master and PhD programmes explore the modern world through these transnational histories, taking into account multiple perspectives. 

The International History and Politics Department pursues the study of history and politics with an eye on innovation. The Department welcomes exploration of international history and political issues from a variety of perspectives and through the use of new methodologies. We innovate in the ways we explore and intertwine themes and time-periods, spaces and actors though we are concerned as ever with a rigorous historical analysis of the past, our own distinctive way to make sense of the present and to reflect on the future.


Master in International History and Politics

  • Two-year programme exploring key dimensions of international history and politics, and historiography
  • Provides students with up-to-date critical, analytical and methodological tools
  • Combines coursework, workshops, research and a thesis



I have continually found the space to explore novel openings and have received great direction and support - an ideal milieu in which to broaden my spectrum of thought, history and everything in between.
Aditya Kiran Kakati
PhD student
At the Graduate Institute I found faculty members who know you by name and encourage you to follow your passion. The programme is rigorous and the professors are demanding, but they are also very generous with their time and advice.
Efrat Gilad
PhD Candidate in International History and Politics

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. A degree in international history and politics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva can lead to a career as an international historian and it also provides a set of tools for a practical career in politics and diplomacy as well as in the private sector. Our alumni have secured employment with the 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, Princeton, Boston University and the University of St Andrews, 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 20 candidates to our Master in International History and Politics, while the PhD programme admits 15 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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Latest Newsletter

HIstories and Politics- April 2021

  • Priya Satia, the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History in the Department of History of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, discusses her latest book, Time’s Monster – How History Makes History.
  • Professor Amalia Ribi Forclaz explores the relationship between food, agriculture and the development narrative.
  • Visiting Fellow Adam Bence Balazs writes on Lateness as a Political Perspective in Europe.
  • The Department of International History and Politics will be welcoming two Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Eccellenza Professorial Fellows, Dr. Antoine Acker and Dr. Mischa Suter.

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