Studying Economics at the Graduate Institute


Unique programmes
  • The Department of International Economics offers a unique set of programmes in economics. The admissions process is highly selective and is based on a detailed application package, which includes the GRE. 
  • Each year, we admit roughly 20 candidates to our Master in International Economics.
  • Strong candidates with two-year Master's degrees in economics should consider applying directly to the PhD in International Economics or the PhD in Development Economics.  On average the two PhD programmes admit a combined total of 12 students each year.


Rigorous, policy-relevant training
  • The Department looks for applicants of exceptional academic merit, but also seeks individuals who are enthusiastic about economics and want to use their training to make the world a better place.
  • Besides compulsory courses in micro, macro and econometrics, students can choose amongst a wide range of electives in economics and other disciplines.
  • Our students are known for their rigorous training and are highly sought-after by employers in international organisations, the private sector, policy institutions and academia.  
  • Placement of our PhDs is remarkable for a department of our size.

Internationally-known faculty in a small department 
  • Our Professors are internationally-known researchers who are not afraid of actively participating in current policy debates, writing OpEd pieces or advising national governments and international organisations.
  • In the latest Repec rankings, we placed third in Switzerland (out of a total of 119 registered institutions), just behind Zurich and the Bank for International Settlements.  And remember that the department only counts 12 full-time professors.
  • On average, our entering classes are drawn from 20 different nationalities.  Classes are small and interaction between students and faculty is easy.

A cosmopolitan environment
  • Geneva is home to dozens of international organisations, NGOs and a dynamic financial sector, providing an attractive variety of internships and employment opportunities. Our Career Services provide information on such placements.  Economists from institutions such as the WTO often teach in the department.
  • Students can take classes at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne.  PhD students can participate in high-level courses given by renowned economists at the Swiss National Bank's Gerzensee Study Center.  Admission to this programme is competitive.