The 2 years MIS program provides a rigorous training in economics with an emphasis on policy issues. We focus on the international dimension of economics, namely trade, international migrations, international macroeconomics, economic history, and development.
Admissions are decided on the basis of individual files. Candidates for the MIS program need two perequisites. First, they should have followed undergraduate economics classes in order to be familiar with the main concepts of economics. Second, they should have a solid mathematical background in order to be equipped to handle the technical aspects of economics. Most (albeit not all) incoming students have an undergraduate degree in economics.
Upon completion of the MIS you can obtain a position focused on economic analysis in a broad range of employers. The MIS thesis prepares you to independently conduct insightful and rigorous analysis of economic problems. Successful completion of the MIS also allows you to continue your studies in a PhD program, either at the Institute or in another institution.
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.
The six core classes provide training in graduate-level microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. They are taken over the first three semesters of the program. You will also take a math refresher course, affectionately known as the "math bootcamp," before the beginning of the first semester.
Electives can be chosen both from the department's offerings and from those of other academic departments in the Institute.
By the beginning of your second year, you will identify a supervisor for your master thesis. Students normally narrow down their research topic during their third semester, leading to a concrete thesis proposal by the end of the semester. You will focus on writing your thesis during the fourth semester, under the guidance of your advisor.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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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).
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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).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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.
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.
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