Interdisciplinary Master in Development Studies

The Master in Development Studies is an intensive two-year study programme that offers an interdisciplinary approach to development. This programme provides students with a sound understanding of the local and global processes that define the politics and practices of international development.

Master in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum combines a critical analysis of alternative paradigms, methodological competences and substantive knowledge in thematic specialisations.

Together with professional skills workshops, the use of interactive pedagogical methods, a capstone project and a thesis, students will gain the conceptual and practical tools they need to pursue successful careers in government, international organisations and the non-profit sector.

Student Placement after Graduation

  • Our MDEV alumni are heavily employed in the public and voluntary sectors, each attracting 35% of our students.
  • Within the public sector, two-thirds of graduates continue their career path in international organisations; in the voluntary sector, a similar share of alumni are recruited by NGOs.
  • Most of our alumni working in the private sector are employed by SMEs or similar types of companies; one out of four students employed in the private sector works for a consulting firm.
  • 16% of our master's graduates either continued their studies towards a PhD or conducted research work at an academic institution.


Information gathered since 2008
Master in Development Studies

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Davide Rodogno

Prof. Davide Rodogno | Head of Interdisciplinary Programmes

Office hours: Mondays 14h00-15h00 or by appointment 
Office P2-509

The Head of Interdisciplinary Programmes sets the strategic direction of the curricula and is responsible for coordinating the overall academic content. 



Antonella Ghio


Antonella Ghio | Department Manager
Phone: +41 22 908 58 15

The Departmental Manager supports the efforts of the Director and Academic Coordinator in the successful execution of the interdisciplinary programmes.


Silke Olsen


Silke Olsen | Academic Coordinator
Phone: +41 22 908 45 42

Working schedule:
Meetings by appointment
Office P1-555

The Academic Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of programmes. She further advises students on academic matters and coaches them in terms of career development.


James Sellaro


James Sellaro | Administrative Assistant
Phone: +41 22 908 57 40

Reception hours:
Mondays 9h00-12h30
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9h00-12h30 and 14h00-16h30
Office P1-313

At the Institute on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, working remotely Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays (afternoon only).

The Administrative Assistant, the first contact point for students, provides information on regulations and administration, monitors the curriculum and compliance with deadlines, and handles requests for courses outside the Institute or outside the study plan. 

Mailing Address

Development Studies
Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
Case Postale 1672
CH-1211 Genève 1



The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations.