Mount Holyoke College
5–year Joint BA/MA Programme

Mount Holyoke College and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva have established a programme that will enable a small number of students to complete a BA from Mount Holyoke and an MA from the Graduate Institute in 5 years, instead of the normal 6 years.


Participating Mount Holyoke College students will spend the fall semester of their senior year in Geneva, at the Graduate Institute. They will return to Mount Holyoke for their final semester and for graduation. They will then return to Geneva for a 5th year. Most classes are taught in English. Students with limited or no French will study French as part of their programme in Geneva.

MA Programmes at the Institute

The MA programmes available at the Graduate Institute are of two categories:

  • Disciplinary masters: Master in Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Master in International Economics, Master in International History, Master in International Law, Master in International Relations/Political Science.
  • Interdisciplinary masters: Master in International Affairs, Master in Development Studies.


Mount Holyoke College is a private women's liberal-arts college in Massachusetts, United States, west of Boston. It is considered one of the best women's college in the U.S., and one of the top liberal arts colleges.


For more information, please contact :

  • Mount Holyoke College: Prof. Eva Paus, Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and Professor of Economics
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies: Eliane Minassian, Head of International Programmes,