The complex challenges facing the global community demand knowledge and expertise transcending disciplinary boundaries. The Graduate Institute is perhaps the world’s oldest academic institution devoted to the interdisciplinary study of international affairs. It is also home to departments of Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, Law, and Political Science uniquely specialized 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 programme kicks off with foundational classes 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 Peacebuilding; and Civil Society and Transnational Issues. All students undertake independent interdisciplinary research towards a dissertation. Applied research seminars expose them to stake-holders beyond academia and develop skills to design and execute research projects in partnership with them. Specialized, interactive, hands-on workshops help enhance professional skills. Internships for credit also allow students to develop works skills and experience.
As an MIA student you will join a lively and diverse student body. One of the world’s most international cities, Geneva is reputedly the ‘soft power capital of the world’. As the European headquarters of the United Nations and home to numerous international organizations, NGOs, and a flourishing private sector, Geneva thrives on a lively cross-fertilization of ideals, experiences, and ideas from round the world. In this incomparable setting, our unique and exciting MIA programme offer 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.