International History

MASTER & PHD at the Graduate Institute, Geneva


The International History Department at the Graduate Institute is uniquely positioned to monitor and examine the making of international policies and the global history that stands behind them. The master and PhD programmes explore the modern world through these transnational histories, taking into account multiple perspectives. 

The International History Department pursues the study of history with an eye on innovation. The Department welcomes exploration of international history issues from a variety of perspectives and through the use of new methodologies. We innovate in the ways we explore and intertwine themes and time-periods, spaces and actors though we are concerned as ever with a rigorous historical analysis of the past, our own distinctive way to make sense of the present and to reflect on the future.


  • Two-year programme exploring key dimensions of international history and historiography
  • Provides students with up-to-date critical, analytical and methodological tools
  • Combines coursework, workshops, research and a thesis



  • Four-year programme
  • Combines coursework, seminars, preliminary thesis and doctoral thesis
  • Equips students with the analytical, conceptual and methodological tools to successfully complete original book-length research

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I have continually found the space to explore novel openings and have received great direction and support - an ideal milieu in which to broaden my spectrum of thought, history and everything in between.
Aditya Kiran Kakati
PhD student
At the Graduate Institute I found faculty members who know you by name and encourage you to follow your passion. The International History programme is rigorous and the professors are demanding, but they are also very generous with their time and advice.
Efrat Gilad
PhD Candidate in International History

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. Our student/teacher ratio allows faculty to work closely with our students.




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. A degree in international history at the Graduate Institute in Geneva can lead to a career as an international historian and it also provides a set of tools for a practical career in politics and diplomacy as well as in the private sector. Our alumni have secured employment with the 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, Princeton, Boston University and the University of St Andrews, 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