International Trade, Master

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The Master in International Trade (MIT) at the International University in Geneva is a high standard program in international economic and commercial relations. The MIT is designed for young professionals and diplomats interested in pursuing a career in international trade organizations and diplomatic services, chambers of commerce and TNCs.


Leads to managerial positions in trade promotion and development in international trade organizations, diplomatic services, chambers of commerce and private sector.

The Master in International Trade (MIT) at the International University in Geneva provides a comprehensive introduction to practical aspects of successful trade promotion and trade relations techniques combined with an understanding of the role of the major international trade organizations in setting policy and standards that govern global trade. The program includes visits to major international trade organizations in Geneva.

Program Details

In addition to core international trade courses, with a focus on world trade and international finance, trade organizations and statistics, trade policy and promotion strategies, commercial law and economic diplomacy, the Master of International Trade curriculum trains young professionals for decision making positions with courses in foreign policy and geoeconomics, international commercial law and corporate social responsibility, executive communication and cross-cultural negotiations.

The Master of International Trade is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year.

Key Benefits

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty working in international economic and commercial relations;
  • Providing knowledge and skills to assess major trade issues, draft policy documents and negotiate for government, international organization or corporate sector;
  • Exploring economic and commercial decision making, current and future trade issues and developments;
  • Gaining insight into world trade, international finance and trade promotion strategies from national and regional to global level.

Programme Structure

Trimester 1
  • International Trade Organizations - This course focuses on international economic relations and trade organizations. It reveals challenges and limits for the nation-state to manage international affairs alone. The course evaluates specialized international organizations (WTO, UNCTAD, ICC, World Bank, IMF, WIPO) and examines their achievements in promoting global governance. The course discusses regional trade areas and arrangement worldwide (NAFTA, MERCOSUR, APEC, ASEAN, ECOWAS).
  • Trade Promotion Strategies - The course provides students with the knowledge of how to promote business interests of national trade promotion agencies, non-government organizations, trade associations, chambers of commerce and TNCs. It focuses on trade promotion and role of the major international trade organizations in setting policy and standards that govern global trade.
  • Global Economics - This course examines the function of the economy and the role of the firm in the economy. The course underlines the macro-economic principles in order to understand domestic and international policy issues, international trade policies and economic growth.
  • Geoeconomics, Influence and Power - This course explores the impact of geoeconomics strategies of state and non-state actors in international relations. It examines European, US and East-Asian competitive intelligence, trade and economic interests at stake. The course addresses the issue of information operations and disinformation strategies, enforcement or destabilization of the nation state and state support to strategic industrial sectors through economic diplomacy. The relations between the state, corporate sector and civil society are examined in the form of case studies.
Trimester 2
  • Cross-Cultural Negotiations - In this course students develop negotiating strategies and tactics applicable in a global setting. The interrelationship between culture, communication and business is analyzed and appropriate approaches formulated.
  • International Law - This course examines relations between nations and the legal framework that underpins these relations. The course reviews treaty law, law of the sea, international criminal law and various aspects of humanitarian law. The supernational context is studied in relation to the UN Charter and the workings of various international courts.
  • International Trade Policy -The course addresses trade related issues in respect to economic development and growth, regional cooperation and interdependence among economies. It focuses on trade agreements, custom unions, economic sanctions and trade protection policies.
  • Economic and Political Diplomacy - This course introduces students to the tools of economic policy and standard setting organizations. It develops an understanding of economic resources and trade relations as a policy objective. The course discusses how states conduct their economic relations, how they make decisions domestically, how they interact with non-state actors and engage in multilateral negotiations.
Trimester 3
  • International Trade and Finance - Trade and global governance, the contribution of the different players to the construction of a coherent multilateral system and the interaction between trade and sustainable development will be the course topics. Students will be introduced to international finance such as exchange rate systems, macroeconomic stability and international capital markets.
  • Trade Statistics & Analyses - The course introduces students to statistical theory and its application to econometric models. It provides students with analytical tools to understand and analyze international economics and trade related issues by using statistics and econometrics.
  • Foreign Policy-Making and Analysis - The course deals with domestic and external factors affecting the formulation of foreign policy and national security. It examines major political events after 1989 and policy making conceived and practiced by nation-states. The course aims to integrate theory and policy-making, diplomacy and strategy while focusing on foreign policy and national security.
  • Innovation & Technology - Innovation is a strategic priority for companies' survival and growth. An efficient innovation management is crucial for every organization not only for new products but also for services and processes that can drive down costs, improve productivity and increase customer satisfaction. Technology is also an integral part of many strategic decisions and future plans for developing new products and services, achieving operational excellence and competitive advantage. In this course, students will be introduced to Innovation domain through case studies, explore Innovation processes and strategy. Then they will examine a number of business model disruptions in technology-driven industries and review several key/emerging technologies as well as enterprise information technologies as resources for Innovation. And finally they will explore how to link an organization's technology strategy with the business strategy through innovation.
Trimester 4
  • Future Trade Issues (Capstone Course) - This course focuses on interaction between states, international organizations and non state actors on trade related issues. Trends of selected global issues such as natural resources and environment, intellectual property rights and WTO perspective are examined.
  • Ethics, Strategy and Social Responsibility - This course examines CRS issues from the perspective of different aspects of corporate operations including strategy, accounting, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, marketing, organizational behavior and operations management, It includes lectures, case studies and student research projects and presentations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or 150.- or USD 140.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80), IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IUG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • A GMAT test score (The University's GMAT code number is 0130)
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 33271 International
  • EUR 33271 EU/EEA
  • Total Tuition per Trimester (CHF) - 10,400
  • Total Tuition per Program (CHF) - 36,400


Each year the International University in Geneva awards a limited number of scholarships. The selection criteria include academic achievement and the financial need of the applicant. A student can apply for a scholarship by writing a letter, which should be included with the application form.

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