Dual Master with Harvard Kennedy School

The Graduate Institute, Geneva, and Harvard Kennedy School are pleased to offer, to a few selected, mid-career working professionals interested in public service and foreign and global affairs, the rare opportunity to take time to develop their professional practice.

Designed as a two-year, full-time learning experience for those with seven or more years of professional experience, the dual degree programme invites participants to combine the first year in one of the Graduate Institute’s Interdisciplinary Master programmes with the second year at Harvard Kennedy School, in its Mid-Career Master of Public Administration. Participants will earn two master degrees: one from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and one from Harvard Kennedy School, in two years rather than three (had the programmes been taken separately).

The programme is designed to take advantage of two premier institutions, one with a focus on global affairs, the other on public service. Similar to a professional sabbatical, the programme will allow participants to study with Graduate Institute professors as they build their global network in the International Geneva context, and then to explore best practices in public service and leadership with a second set of professors at Harvard Kennedy School.

  • The programme is especially relevant for those who come from a tradition of public service, either through work in government or non-governmental organisations, foundations or agencies for international cooperation. 
  • For others, it can be an opportunity for a mid-career change, to invest in developing transferable skills for a new career path.

The Dual Master Experience


Year One: The Graduate Institute, Geneva Experience

Immerse yourself in the global development context of International Geneva. 

The Graduate Institute is located in the United Nations district, surrounded by many of the world’s most influential multilateral institutions and international organisations.

The master programme allows you to return to formal learning with broad exposure to international affairs and development through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Participants in these masters will also choose one specialised topic for their thesis project, to develop expertise on a selected issue of their choice.

Participants in the Dual Master can choose from among two programmes at the Institute for this first year experience:

During year one, participants will also benefit from the Institute’s public lectures and seminars.  The Graduate Institute hosts about 100 public lectures, panel and roundtables each year, bringing influential leaders to campus.

Year Two: The Harvard Kennedy School Experience

Participants advance to Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Mass., USA, where they join a new cohort of peers entering the one-year Mid-Career Master of Public Administration.

Credits obtained during this year at Harvard are recognised by the Graduate Institute and will count towards the second year requirements for a master from the Institute.  At the same time, participants write their dissertation under the remote support and supervision of a Graduate Institute faculty member.


Montse Ferrer, Spain, Dual Master 2017-2019
Alejandro Valerio Jiminián, Dominican Republic, Dual Master 2015-2017
Dawei Wang, China, Dual Master 2016-2018

Admissions and fees



The dual degree with Harvard Kennedy School is a highly selective programme and is not compatible with a full-time or part-time job. It was developed for outstanding candidates who have a minimum of seven years' professional experience, who are admitted by each institution and must meet the eligibility criteria of both:

Candidates must apply separately to each institution, using each institution's application form and within each institution's deadline​.

Application Deadlines

Note the respective programme deadlines at each institution (see below).  As part of our agreement – for those who are offered admission at both institutions – the admission offer by Harvard Kennedy School is then deferred for the one year of study at the Graduate Institute (i.e. securing a place in the HKS programme for the second year).

Graduate Institute:

Harvard Kennedy School:

Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

Students must pay their tuition fees to the institution where they spend their academic year:

Scholarship applications must be submitted at the same time as the application for admission at each institution.