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Schedule 2017

Applications Open Mid-Sept, 2016

Application deadline: Feb 24, 2017
Seats filling, applications reviewed on a rolling weekly basis.

Course Dates

Module 1: March 16-24, 2017
Module 2: June 8-16, 2017
Module 3: 15 Aug-6 Oct, 2017 (Online, Master Only)
Module 4: 10-20 Oct, 2017 (Master Only)

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: (Online, Master Only) dates TBC
Module 4: (Master Only) dates TBC



Our fees are highly competitive. While we are not able to offer scholarships, we support accepted applicants in their funding applications. Fees can be paid in several installments without additional charges.

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

For Executive Certificate only, Geneva tax-payers may be eligible for up to a CHF 2'250 discount: learn more

(*) travel and accommodation in Geneva and Brussels not included


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 and 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.


Programme Partner


The Executive Certificate is delivered in partnership with Leidar, an international communications consultancy that helps clients set their course, navigate and communicate effectively.



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 13,000+ 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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