Key Information



NEW DATES for 2020:

  • Module 1: 3 to 11 June - Certificate & Master - virtual classroom

  • Module 2: 26 August to 3 September - Certificate & Master

  • Module 3:  7 September to 23 October - Master - online

  • Module 4:  17 to 27 November - Master

Application Deadline - Rolling admissions

Applications are accepted until the course is full.

Location & language



Executive Education
Villa Barton, Rue de Lausanne 132
1202 Geneva





Executive Certificate - CHF 9'600

Executive Master - CHF 22'000

Discounts - For early birds, full payment or apply with a colleague. For more info, please contact us:

Alumni - 10% discount

Geneva tax-payers may be eligible for a chèque formation from the Canton (the amount can be up to CHF 2,250).
Programme reference - Executive Certificate: 2612 | Executive Master: 4155
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Entry requirements


Selection is primarily based on professional experience, candidate’s motivation, and applicability of the programme for their current work or future career.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, or a degree/diploma deemed to be equivalent (no particular discipline required)

  • A minimum of 5 years’ full-time work for the Executive Certificate, 8 years for the Executive Master is highly recommended, participants typically range between 30 and 50 years of age.

  • Proficiency in English is required

Degrees awarded


Executive Certificate in Advocacy in International Affairs
Certificate of Advanced Studies (15 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Modules 1 & 2 assessments and final paper

Executive Master in Advocacy in International Affairs & Policy Making
Diploma of Advanced Studies (30 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Modules 1, 2, 3 &  4 assessments and final paper

This programme counts towards the  Master  of  Advanced Studies (MAS) in International Strategy and Leadership

Programme assessments


To successfully complete the programme, participants must:

  • Attend a minimum of 80% of the face-to-face sessions - participants can miss a maximum of 3 days of classes for the Executive Certificate, 5 days for the Executive Master

  • Successfully complete each module's assessment - evaluations consist of an analytical paper for Module 1 (take-home assessment) and an in-class group presentation of an advocacy campaign for Module 2.

  • Submit a final assessment related to the advocacy campaign analysed in class during Module 2 (take-home assessment).

Class experience


  • Peer-to-peer learning - highly diverse participants from various sectors, countries and professional experience

  • Interactive teaching - engage with influential practitioners and experts

  • Lead Faculty and speakers - available for guidance

  • Close to the real-life of a professional through practical sessions, case-studies and simulations

  • Critical thinking thanks to analytical sessions by faculty members

  • Study visits

Alumni benefits


By graduating from the programme, you will become a full alumnus of the Graduate Institute, and will benefit from alumni advantages, which include:

  • Joining the Graduate Institute alumni network of 18,000+ members

  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes

  • Career services from the Graduate Institute

  • Networking and professional development opportunities through alumni regional chapters