International Affairs


The complex challenges facing the global community demand knowledge and expertise transcending disciplinary boundaries. The Graduate Institute is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions devoted to the interdisciplinary study of international affairs. It houses departments of Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, Law, and Political Science specialised in international and development studies. The innovative MIA programme builds on these experiences and resources to uniquely equip its graduates with the analytical and professional skills needed to understand and tackle the major challenges confronting the international community.

The MIA programme begins with a rigorous foundation in quantitative and qualitative methods and in the disciplines of the Institute. Interdisciplinary courses follow in three thematic tracks: Global and Regional Integration; Security and Peace-building; and Civil Society and Transnational Issues. All students undertake independent interdisciplinary research towards a dissertation. Applied Research Seminars expose them to stakeholders beyond academia and develop skills to design and execute research projects in partnership with them. Specialised, interactive, hands-on workshops help enhance professional skills, while internships for credit allow students to develop work skills and experience. The programme is also open to mid-career professionals with suitable work experience.

As an MIA student you will join a lively and diverse student body. A truly international city, Geneva is often called the ‘soft power capital of the world’. As the European headquarters of the United Nations and home to numerous international organisations, NGOs, and a flourishing private sector, Geneva thrives on a lively cross-fertilisation of ideals, experiences, and ideas from around the world. In this incomparable setting, our unique and exciting MIA programme offers rigorous yet holistic, professional, and practical training to advance your career dreams and equip you with the ability and skills to make a difference to our world.