Study Programmes

The Graduate Institute’s International Relations/Political Science Department offers graduate students two degrees: a two-year MA in International Relations/Political Science,  and a four-year PhD in International Relations/Political Science. The master’s program prepares students for doctoral studies, research activities, and public and private careers dealing with different aspects of international relations which require strong analytical and research skills. The PhD program is designed to prepare students for a career in international relations involving research, whether as a producer or consumer. As of the 2010-2011 academic year, students who enter at the master’s level can complete both a master’s and PhD degree within five years, through the fast-track master’s/doctoral program. This program has been tailored to transition advanced students into doctoral research after only three semesters. Students with a bachelor’s degree interested in a PhD are encouraged to apply to the fast-track master’s program, as a way be transferred to doctoral research. There are presently approximately 80 students in the International Relations/Political Science department.