International Relations / Political Science

Prospective Students

Each year, the entering class is made up of around 18 master’s and 10 PhD students from countries around the world.

We offer students a master’s and PhD degree that can be completed in three programs – a two year stand-alone Master’s program; an accelerated five year master’s/doctoral program; and a four year stand-alone PhD program.

The programs combine intellectual rigor with a highly varied set of substantive specialties and courses in order to train sophisticated generalists. The diverse background of both the faculty and the graduate students makes for a cosmopolitan and enriching environment.

Fast-Track Programme

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 new accelerated master’s/doctoral program. This program has been tailored to transition advanced students into doctoral research after only three semesters of master’s studies.

Career Prospects

All three programs concentrate on developing analytical skills that enable students to work and conduct research in a variety of settings: governments, international organisations, NGOs, businesses, and academia.  


News & Events


Geneva Political Economy Seminar - 2013/2014


Upcoming Seminars:

Thursday, 15 May 2014, Ben Ansell, Oxford University: "The Political Economy of Ownership: Housing Markets and the Welfare State", (6:15-8:00PM, room S4 at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Maison de la Paix building)

Previous seminars:

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, Charles Wyplosz, Graduate Institute Geneva: "PADRE: Politically Acceptable Debt Restruction in Europe" (6:15-8:00PM, room S8 at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Maison de la Paix building)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014, Bruno Amable, Sorbonne Paris: "Who Wants the Contrat de Travail Unique? Social Support for Labour Market Flexibilisation in France", (6:15-8:00PM, room M2170 at the University of Geneva, UniMail building)
Thursday, 13 March 2014, David Soskice, London School of Economics and Political Science: "Why are Americans truly Disadvantaged, in Comparison to the British Disadvantaged?", (6:15-8:00PM, room M1193 at the University of Geneva, UniMail building)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013, Christina Davis, Princeton University: "Cooperation in Hard Times: Self-Restraint in Trade", (2-4PM, room S1 at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Maison de la Paix building)



Political Science Colloquium - 2014


Spring 2014


Upcoming colloquium events: Maison de la Paix, Room S8, Fridays, 12:15-13:30 (**unless otherwise noted)

  • 9 May, 2014
    • Leonardo Arriola, University of California, Berkeley
    • "Electoral Violence in Democratizing States" 


  • 19 May, 2014 (*Co-organized with the Department of International History)
    • Allen Lynch, University of Virginia
    • The Eagle and the Bear: Never the Twain Shall Meet. US-Russian Relations in the Era of “Reset”
    • **Room S4 from 12:15-13:45


  • 23 May, 2014
    • Scott Page, University of Michigan
    • ​"Behavioral Spillovers, Learning, and Institutional Path Dependence"


Previous colloquiums:

  • 14 April, 2014 (*Sponsored by PGGC)
    • Ann Tickner, American University
    • “Dealing with Difference: Problems and Possibilities for Dialogue in International Relations”
    • **Room A2 from 18:00 - 20:00
  • 11 April, 2014
    • Daniel Blake, IE Madrid
    • "It’s All Relative?: Institutional Experience, Political Capabilities and Investment"
  • 14 March, 2014
    • Dr. Thomas Bernauer,
    • "Is it the "Economy – Stupid"? Effects of Economic Conditions on Public Support for Climate Policy".