Wellesley College
5–year Joint BA/MA Programme

Wellesley 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 Wellesley and an MA from the Graduate Institute in 5 years, instead of the normal 6 years.


Participating Wellesley College students will spend the fall semester of their senior year in Geneva, at the Graduate Institute. They will return to Wellesley 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, 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.


Wellesley College is a private women's liberal-arts college in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States, west of Boston. Wellesley is the highest ranking women's college in the U.S., and one of the top liberal arts colleges.


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