Dual Master Programme with Harvard Kennedy School


The Graduate Institute, Geneva, and Harvard Kennedy School are pleased to offer to a few selected mid-career working professionals who are interested in public service and foreign and global affairs the rare opportunity to take time to develop their professional practice. For those interested in student financial aid,  two scholarships are available every year. In Geneva, they cover tuition and living expenses for the first year. For the second year, scholarship conditions are set on a case by case basis by Harvard Kennedy School.

Designed as a two-year, full-time learning experience for those with seven or more years of professional experience, the dual degree program invites participants to combine the first year in one of the Graduate Institute’s Interdisciplinary Master programs with the second year at Harvard Kennedy School, in its Mid-Career Master of Public Administration. Participants will earn two master degrees: one from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and one from Harvard Kennedy School, in two years rather than three, had the programs been taken separately.

The program is designed to take advantage of two premier institutions, one with a focus on global affairs, the other on public service. Similar to a professional sabbatical, the program will allow participants to study under Graduate Institute professors as they build their global network in the International Geneva context, and then to explore best practices in public service and leadership with a second set of professors at Harvard Kennedy School.

  • The program is especially relevant for those who come from a tradition of public service, either through work in government or non-governmental organizations, foundations or agencies for international cooperation. 
  • For others, it can be an opportunity for a mid-career change, to invest in developing transferable skills for a new career path.