The new Master in International and Development Studies is anchored as strongly as ever to Genève internationale. The Graduate Institute's research and teaching remit coincide with what international Geneva has been standing for more than one century.
Davide Rodogno
Head of Interdisciplinary Programmes

A two-year transdisciplinary master programme integrating international and development studies 

Located in the heart of International Geneva, the Institute has direct access to the actors and organisations that shape international and development policies, processes and practices. The Institute builds on a double heritage – we have been a pioneer in the exploration of global affairs since 1927 and of development issues since 1961.

We produce and share academic knowledge on international relations and development issues – with particular attention to global challenges and their systemic dynamics. Through a combination of scientific excellence, transdisciplinarity, and critical thinking, we nurture future professionals and decision makers open to the world and able to understand and embrace complexity. We equip them with the knowledge, the competences, confidence, and sense of responsibility necessary to drive positive transformation.

Our MINT programme integrates perspectives and disciplines to propose a ground-breaking combination of systemic thinking with thematic specialisation. Current and future global challenges call for a new generation of professionals engaged in the development of new solutions for a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful world. We believe that the best preparation for this world and its challenges is a deep understanding of systemic interdependencies enriched with thematic professionalisation on the one hand, and the fostering of creative and innovative thinking on the other.

The MINT programme has a common core – proposing an integrated curriculum with:

  • Common transversal themes and in-depth transversal analyses

  • Tailored courses in the five disciplines of the Institute

  • Research and methods courses

  • A menu of professional skill workshops


interconnected curricula

This  common core then leads to seven specialisations. The latter are not self-standing silos; they are interconnected curricula that provide the possibility for students to tailor their individual path.

The MINT programme with its seven specialisations anchors the Institute as strongly as ever within Genève internationale, whilst projecting it globally and affirming its long-standing reputation as a trailblazer in the exploration of global challenges. 

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Encompassing transversal themes and following a trans-disciplinarity approach, this course aims to offer a creative space to reflect on global challenges and foster the understanding of our world by drawing on the expertise of the Graduate Institute and International Geneva.



  • Sustainability
  • Democracy and Inequality
  • Fairness and Justice
  • Digital & Emerging Technologies
  • Global Governance
  • Education



Disciplinary courses offered in the five disciplines of the Institute (Anthropology and Sociology, International Economics, International Relations/Political Science, International Law, International History and Politics) allow student to strengthen their disciplinary knowledge and to strive for scientific excellence.



These seminars offer qualitative, quantitative and integrated approaches to research. 



These workshops provide students with the competences sought by employers from the private and public sectors. 
Examples of such workshops are: writing for policy and practice, leadership, negotiation, podcast, etc.



Specialisations enable students to develop expertise in one thematic by taking a compulsory course in the chosen specialisation and a number of elective seminars, of which
two can be taken in other specialisations. 


Within each specialisation, an Applied Research Project (or Capstone Project) and a Master Thesis allow for the synthetic mobilisation of the conceptual and practical tools needed to pursue successful careers in government, international organisations, the non-profit sector, as well as in the private sector.



Internships give students the opportunity to connect to the rich international Geneva microcosm to gain professional experience and to put into practice the professional skills, knowledge and expertise acquired in the MINT programme. 


The programme aims to train international actors interested in working, in particular in the following fields:

  • International cooperation, including national administrations working on international issues (ministries of foreign affairs, trade, economy, health, central banks, etc.), intergovernmental, as well as non-governmental organisations

  • International business, notably multinational companies, the finance sector, law firms, consulting and public relations agencies

  • Analysis of global issues, such as university-level teaching and research, think tanks, international foundations, the media, etc.

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