M.A. International Affairs

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
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.

Description of International Affairs

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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. 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 7700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4815 Year (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.

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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)

Requirements for International Affairs

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.

Work Experience for International Affairs

No work experience is required.

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