Interdisciplinary Masters at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

International Affairs and Development Studies

Our Interdisciplinary Master programmes offer a critical approach to understanding the structural transformations that shape the international system and the development of human societies. Our Master in International Affairs and Master in Development Studies draw on the faculty from the Institute’s core disciplines (Anthropology, Economics, History, Law and Political Science) together with invited faculty with extensive policy experience. 


Our programmes


2-year master programmes combining a critical analysis of alternative paradigms, methodological competences and substantive knowledge in thematic specialisations preparing students for successful careers in government, international organisations, business and the non-profit sector:

  • 94 professors and lecturers: an outstanding faculty
  • 160 courses: the widest interdisciplinary offer
  • 10 workshops: professional skills required at work
  • 50 capstone projects: applying skills and knowledge to real policy problems


Interdisciplinary approach to the study of global governance, providing students with a sound understanding of the actors, policies and processes that shape global governance today

Specialisation tracks:

  • Global Security
  • Trade and International Finance
  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Learn more about MIA programme



Interdisciplinary approach to development and the understanding of the local and global processes that define the politics and practices of international development.

Specialisation tracks:

  • Mobilities, Spaces and Cities
  • Power, Conflict and Development
  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Learn more about MDEV programme


Superb interdisciplinary training - my two years as a student in the Master of Development Studies programme has been a period of vast intellectual, professional and personal of growth.
Jerik Cruz

Our student body

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is home to students from all over the world, giving us a truly global perspective and contributing to the sense of community that we have on campus. Roughly 1,000 students from 100 countries are enrolled in our various programmes. About 100 students enrol annually in each of the Interdisciplinary Masters (MIA and MDEV) representing 76 nationalities (in 2018).



The Graduate Institute community is on a human scale, yet fully reflective of humanity’s diversity. Its cosmopolitanism enriches students and contributes to the Institute’s expert analyses of the challenges of globalisation. 

Learn more about MIA students

Learn more about MDEV students


Funding opportunities

Affordable tuition fees and high levels of financial aid enable MA and PhD students to complete their training in ideal circumstances. Financial support for the doctoral programme is available through a mix of scholarships, teaching and research assistant positions, and Swiss National Foundation.



90% of our students find work within four months of graduation. Recent alumni have secured employment with the United Nations, European Commission, Médecins Sans Frontières, HSBC, World Economic Forum, UBS and elsewhere. Others have taken up doctoral, post-doctoral or faculty positions at Cambridge University, Harvard, Sciences Po, Oxford University, Princeton and LSE, to mention just a few. 


interdisciplinary masters: our practice-oriented programmes


Master in International Affairs and Master in Development  programmes include the completion of a Capstone Project, where students work with one of the Graduate Institute’s partner organisations, as well as professional skills workshops providing students with the professional tools necessary for effective analysis and ethical decision-making (Behavioural Public Policy, Communication and Presentation skills, Crisis Communication, Digital Communication Strategy, Evaluation of Development Projects, Personal Presence & Storytelling, Social Innovation Skills, etc.).

Giordano Neuenschwander, turned a Capstone Project from his Master in Development Studies into a career opportunity. He currently supports people with refugee or migrant backgrounds in establishing their own businesses through SINGA Switzerland.


Professor Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies at the Graduate Institute, discusses what makes the Institute so unique and shares his thoughts on academic excellence.


Academic excellence

A cosmopolitan community

International career

High levels of financial aid

International Geneva

A vibrant alumni community