International Affairs, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    7371
    Tuition (Year)
    4607
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The complex challenges facing the global community demand knowledge and expertise transcending disciplinary boundaries. The Graduate Institute is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions devoted to the interdisciplinary study of international affairs. It houses departments of Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, Law, and Political Science specialised in international and development studies.

About

The complex challenges facing the global community demand knowledge and expertise transcending disciplinary boundaries. The Graduate Institute is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions devoted to the interdisciplinary study of international affairs.

It houses departments of Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, Law, and Political Science specialised in international and development studies. The innovative MIA programme builds on these experiences and resources to uniquely equip its graduates with the analytical and professional skills needed to understand and tackle the major challenges confronting the international community.

The MIA programme begins with a rigorous foundation in quantitative and qualitative methods and in the disciplines of the Institute. Interdisciplinary courses follow in three thematic tracks: Global and Regional Integration; Security and Peace-building; and Civil Society and Transnational Issues. All students undertake independent interdisciplinary research towards a dissertation.

Applied Research Seminars expose them to stakeholders beyond academia and develop skills to design and execute research projects in partnership with them. Specialised, interactive, hands-on workshops help enhance professional skills, while internships for credit allow students to develop work skills and experience. The programme is also open to mid-career professionals with suitable work experience.

As an MIA student you will join a lively and diverse student body. A truly international city, Geneva is often called the ‘soft power capital of the world’. As the European headquarters of the United Nations and home to numerous international organisations, NGOs, and a flourishing private sector, Geneva thrives on a lively cross-fertilisation of ideals, experiences, and ideas from around the world.

In this incomparable setting, our unique and exciting MIA programme offers rigorous yet holistic, professional, and practical training to advance your career dreams and equip you with the ability and skills to make a difference to our world.

Accreditation

The Graduate Institute is accredited by the Swiss Government and receives funding from the Confederation and the Canton of Geneva. It is managed by a private foundation and governed by a regulatory framework with a strong emphasis on efficiency. The Graduate Institute’s strategy is articulated around public-private partnerships supported by leading patrons and foundations to whom we should like to extend our sincere gratitude.

Programme Structure

This curriculum has been designed according to an ideal course load of 30 ECTS credits per semester so that the fourth semester can be devoted to writing the dissertation. Elective courses may be spread over semesters 2, 3 and 4, but please note that students are required to obtain a minimum of 18 ECTS and that no failed courses may be repeated in the fourth semester.

Important: Please note that the information laid out below represents only the basic framework of the MIA 2014-2015 curriculum for your convenience. For precise details, please see the official 2014-2015 course catalogue.

  • 6 compulsory courses 6 x 6 = 42 ECTS
  • 2 courses in the track of specialisation 2 x 6 = 12 ECTS
  • 1 bidisciplinary course 1 x 6 = 6 ECTS
  • 1 elective course 1 x 6 = 6 ECTS
  • Elective courses 30/33 ECTS
  • 1 Applied Research Seminar (ARS) 1 x 9 = 9 ECTS
  • Internship option 1 x 3 = 3 ECTS

Dissertation 30 ECTS

TOTAl 120 ECTS

Outline Curriculum

SEMESTER 1 (Autumn) (30 ECTS, 5 courses)

  • 2 OBLIGATORY COURSES (2 X 6 = 12 ECTS)

  • ANY 2 INTRODUCTIONARY COURSES (2 x6 = 12 ECTS)

  • ELECTIVE COURSES (6 ECTS EACH)

SEMESTER 2 (Spring) (30 ECTS, 5 courses)

  • 1 INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON QUALITATIVE METHODS (6 ECTS)

  • 1 BIDISCIPLINARY COURSE FROM THE TRACK OF SPECIALISATION (6 ECTS)

  • ELECTIVE COURSES (6 ECTS ECTS)

SEMESTER 3 (Autumn) (30 ECTS, 4 courses and ARS/Internship)

  • 1 COMPULSORY COURSE ON GENDER STUDIES AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (6 ECTS)

  • 1 APPLIED RESEARCH SEMINAR (ARS) (1 x 9 = 9 ECTS)

  • ELECTIVE COURSES (6 ECTS ECTS)

  • OPTIONAL INTERNSHIP (1 x 3 = 3 ECTS)

  • WORKSHOPS (Non-credit)

SEMESTER 4 (30 ECTS, Dissertation)

Curriculum 2014/2015 (Returnign Students)

Distribution of Credits

This curriculum has been designed according to an ideal course load of 30 ECTS credits per semester so that the fourth semester can be devoted to writing the dissertation. Elective courses may be spread over semesters 2, 3 and 4, but please note that students are required to obtain a minimum of 18 ECTS and that no failed courses may be repeated in the fourth semester.

  • 7 compulsory courses 7 x 6 = 42 ECTS
  • 2 courses in the track of specialisation 2 x 6 = 12 ECTS
  • 1 bidisciplinary course 1 x 6 = 6 ECTS
  • 1 elective course 1 x 6 = 6 ECTS
  • 4 elective courses 4 x 6 = 24 ECTS
  • 1 Applied Research Seminar (ARS) 1 x 6 = 6 ECTS
  • 3 workshops or 1 workshop + 1 internship

3 x 2 = 6 ECTS
or
2 + 4 = 6 ECTS

Dissertation 30 ECTS

TOTAl 120 ECTS

Outline Curriculum

SEMESTER 1 (Autumn) (30 ECTS, 5 courses)

  • 3 DISCIPLINARY INTRODUCTORY COURSES (3 X 6 = 18 ECTS)

  • 1 INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON QUANTITATIVE METHODS (6 ECTS)

  • 1 INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON NEGOTIATION (6 ECTS)

SEMESTER 2 (Spring) (30 ECTS, 5 courses)

  • 1 INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON QUALITATIVE METHODS (6 ECTS)

  • 1 BIDISCIPLINARY COURSE FROM THE TRACK OF SPECIALISATION (6 ECTS)

  • 3 ELECTIVE COURSES (3 X 6 = 18 ECTS)

SEMESTER 3 (Autumn) (30 ECTS, 4 courses and workshop/internship)

  • 1 COMPULSORY COURSE ON GENDER STUDIES (6 ECTS)

  • 1 APPLIED RESEARCH SEMINAR (ARS) (6 ECTS)

  • 2 ELECTIVE COURSES (12 ECTS)

  • 3 WORKSHOPS (3 x 2 = 6 ECTS) OR 1 WORKSHOP + 1 INTERNSHIP (2 + 4 = 6 ECTS)

SEMESTER 4 (Spring) (30 ECTS, Dissertation)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    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: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    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

The Institute has an English-French bilingual teaching policy. However, most of the classes are taught in English. Students can speak and write in either English or French.

The Institute values diversity and encourages students with no prior knowledge or only a basic knowledge of French to apply. We are happy to award these students a place, if they undertake to attend a free French course. Knowledge of French is not an admission condition or a condition for being awarded a diploma.

English

  • All students must have an excellent command of English.

  • Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English, or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying at university level in English, must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.

French

  • Students with no prior or a weak knowledge of French will have to attend an intensive French course lasting three weeks before the start of the first semester. They must register for this course at the time of their online application. This intensive course will be followed by a weekly course during the first year. (These courses are organised by the Institute and are free of charge.) At the start of the third semester, these students will have to sit a French test. In case of failure, they will have the opportunity to take a test again at the start of their fourth semester.

  • Students with a basic knowledge of French must register for a French test at the time of their online application. This test will take place during the first week of the academic year. Students who fail this test will have to attend a French course organised by the Institute, free of charge, during their first year of study. They will then have the opportunity to take a test again at the start of their third semester.

  • The above conditions do not apply to students whose mother tongue is French, or who have a secondary or post-secondary diploma totally taught in French, or who have spent a minimum of one academic year studying at university level totally in French, or who can produce a French language certificate equivalent to a DELF B2 level.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 7371 International
  • EUR 4607 EU/EEA
  • Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year (CHF 4,000 per semester)
  • Resident students*: CHF 5,000 per year (CHF 2,500 per semester)

* A resident is a person holding a Swiss residence permit at the time of application.

Funding

The Institute strives to support its students throughout the duration of their studies, to the extent of its ability. It does so through financial aid (below) and paid jobs (teaching assistantships, research assistantships and administrative positions). In 2014, nearly half of our students received direct or indirect financial support from the Institute.

In particular, the Institute makes extensive efforts to assist its doctoral students. We aim to make financial aid available to all first year doctoral students with documented financial need. In subsequent years, doctoral students may apply for a teaching or research assistantship. The option of applying for a scholarship also remains open during the four-year programme, particularly in the final year to help with the completion of the thesis.

Financial aid

The Institute deploys invests considerable resources in financial aid, with the goal of attracting talented scholars from around the world, regardless of origin and financial ability. While other institutions generally offer only tuition reduction, the Institute also provides a large number of cost of living scholarships of CHF 18,000 each.

We expect all of our students to contribute toward the cost of their education. Therefore, and in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity, each recipient of a full scholarship is required to pay an annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000.

Financial aid is awarded by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of a written application documenting financial need; by exception, a few merit-based scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence.

Financial aid may take the following forms:

  • A full scholarship in the amount of CHF 18,000, which corresponds to the minimum living costs for one year;

  • A partial scholarship in the amount of CHF 9,000;

  • A merit scholarship awarded on the basis of academic excellence; it may be associated with a paid position as a teaching assistant or with need-based tuition reduction. An annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000 is charged in all cases.

In addition, tuition reduction may be awarded in combination with all types of scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed on the basis of a documented application, in accordance with the resources available at the Institute. Full scholarships for Master degree students are generally renewed for a second year, following review of the student’s financial situation, provided that the s/he is in good academic standing and depending on the availability of financial resources.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.