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Schedule 2018

Applications Open June, 2017

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, applications close when seats filled.

Course Dates

Module 1: April 19-27, 2018
Module 2: June 7-15, 2018
Module 3: (Master Only) Aug 13 - Oct 5 (part-time online)
Module 4: (Master Only) Oct 9 - 19, 2018



  • Executive Certificate - CHF 9'600*
  • Executive Master - CHF 22'000*

(*) Fees include teaching costs, course materials and use of The Graduate Institute's facilities. They don't include travel and accommodation costs in Geneva and Brussels.


Financing and payment options

Prospective applicants who require financial support are advised to seek funding, first and foremost, from external sources. While we are not in a position to offer scholarships, we support applicants in their funding applications, by providing upon request those admitted in the programme with a support letter to their financing institutions or sponsors.

Fees can be paid in several installments without additional charges.

The following discount is available for those who pay the tuition fees in one instalment prior to 01.03.2018:

  • CHF 8'900 instead of CHF 9'600 for the Executive Certificate
  • CHF 20'000 instead of CHF 22'000 for the Executive Master

For the Executive Certificate only, Geneva tax-payers may be eligible to the Chèque Formation, a scholarship of up to CHF 2'250 for continuing education from the Canton of Geneva : learn more

A 10% discount is available to alumni of The Graduate Institute.


Entry Requirements

Selection is primarily based on professional experience, and a candidate’s motivation and applicability for their current work or future career.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ full-time work is highly recommended, participants typically range between 30 and 50 years of age.
  • Proficiency in English (no certificate is required, although interviews by skype or in-person in Geneva may be requested to validate capacity for graduate-level study in this professional context).

Additional requirements for the Master

  • Several years of full-time, post-bachelor professional work experience in a relevant field (negotiations, public policy, strategic planning, governance, communications & advocacy, or general management) is required. Generally those offered admission have demonstrated progressive growth in responsibility in their career and most who join the cohort bringing 8 or more years of experience. Open to those from across public, private or non-profit sectors.  


Degrees Awarded

  • Executive Certificate in Advocacy in International Affairs - Requires successful completion of Modules 1 & 2. The Executive Certificate (Certificate of Advanced Studies or CAS) = 15 ECTS. Option to upgrade to an Executive Master requires completion within three years from the start date of the Executive Certificate.

  • Executive Master in Advocacy in International Affairs & Policy Making - Requires successful completion of Modules 1,2,3 & 4. The Executive Masters (Diploma of Advanced Studies or DAS) = 30 ECTS.


Class Experience

Designed as a multi-stakeholder, peer-to-peer learning experience with participants from diverse non-governmental and international organisations, multinational companies, unions and associations, national government agencies and diplomatic missions. As a member of a small class (typically 15-25 people), engage and interact with influential thinkers and practitioners from policy, science and industry.



Alumni Benefits

You will be recognised as an alumni of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Full alumni benefits, which include:

  • Full alumni membership of the Graduate Institute alumni network of 17,000+ members
  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes
  • Career counselling services from the Graduate Institute
  • Networking and professional development opportunities through alumni regional chapters


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