Master Programmes

Each of our Master of Arts programmes can be completed in two-years on a full-time basis. These programmes have the optional benefit of offering students an exchange during their third semester at one of our partner institutions. To earn a degree, 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits must be completed, including 30 ECTS credits for a dissertation.

Our master programmes follow the reforms of the Bologna Process and the requirements for accreditation in Switzerland. The courses are taught in English, and to a lesser extent in French, by academics and practitioners, through a variety of critical and cultural perspectives as well as innovative pedagogical approaches.

Students can choose from one of two master tracks (interdisciplinary or disciplinary), both of which combine conceptual, theoretical, methodological and practical foundations. 



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.

Our master programme in International and Development Studies (MINT) has a common core – proposing an integrated curriculum with in-depth transversal analyses, research and methods courses, common transversal themes and a menu of professional skill workshops. This common core then leads to seven specialisations.

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. 



These five disciplinary master programmes are designed to give you the tools and training to become an expert in a specialised field by providing you with a range of conceptual and methodological skills but also the opportunity to familiarise yourself with other disciplines.

Main requirements for master programmes