International Economics

MASTER & PHD at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Engage in Policy-relevant economic research and training for a better world

The Department of International Economics  provides unique opportunities for students who are enthusiastic about economics to engage in policy-relevant research and training. Our strengths lie in macroeconomics and finance, development economics, trade and environmental economics. 

The Department offers a master programme in International Economics with specialisations in International Finance, Development Economics and International Trade. We also offer two PhD programmes: one in International Economics, the other in Development Economics. 


  • Two-year programme that includes an MA thesis
  • Provides state-of-the-art, policy-relevant training 
  • Three tracks: International Finance, Development and International Trade



  • Four-year programme centered around a research dissertation
  • Stimulating collegiate work atmosphere
  • Trains students to undertake innovative research 


  • Four-year programme centered around a research dissertation
  • A crucial field at the heart of policy debates
  • Fieldwork opportunities in developing countries


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Debopriya Banerjee
Our very diverse student body provides a very stimulating environment, helping us to learn and to further our research interests.
Debopriya Banerjee
Master student in International Economics

Our student body

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is home to students from all over the world. Roughly 1,000 students from 100 countries are enrolled in our various programmes. Each year, we admit roughly 20 candidates to our Master in International Economics, while the two PhD programmes admit a combined total of 12 students each year.



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.


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Funding opportunities

Affordable tuition fees and high levels of financial aid enable our MA and PhD students to complete their studies with less pressure. Financial support for the doctoral programme is available through a mix of scholarships, teaching and research assistant positions, and external grants, such as those from the Swiss National Foundation.



90% of our students find work within four months of graduation. Our students are highly sought-after by employers in international organisations, the private sector, policy institutions and academia. Our alumni work at the World Bank, IMF, United Nations, European Commission, HSBC and ICRC, while others have taken up doctoral, post-doctoral or faculty positions at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Harvard, to mention just a few. 

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

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Academic excellence

A cosmopolitan community

international career

high levels of financial aid

International Geneva

A vibrant alumni community