5–year Joint BA/MA Programme

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and its liberal arts college partners in the US, have established a programme that will enable a small number of students to complete a BA from their respective college and an MA from the Graduate Institute in five years, instead of the normal six years.

Applications are only possible for students of the Graduate Institute's partner programmes:



Students coming from liberal arts colleges in partnership with the Graduate Institute will spend the fall semester of their senior year in Geneva, at the Institute. They will return to their home university for their final semester and for graduation. They will then return to Geneva for a fifth year. Most classes are taught in English. Students with limited or no French will study French as part of their programme in Geneva.




There are two categories of MA programmes available at the Graduate Institute:

  • Disciplinary masters: Master in Anthropology and Sociology, Master in International Economics, Master in International History, Master in International Law, Master in International Relations/Political Science.
  • Interdisciplinary masters: Master in International Affairs, Master in Development Studies.




For more information, please contact :

  • Colgate University:
    Prof. Edward A. Fogarty, Director, International Relations Programme, efogarty@colgate.edu
  • Mount Holyoke College:
    Prof. Eva Paus, Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and Professor of Economics, epaus@mtholyoke.edu
  • Smith College:
    Prof. Howard Gold, Department of Government at Smith College, hgold@smith.edu
  • Wellesley College:
    Jennifer Thomas-Starck, Director of International Study, jthomass@wellesley.edu
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies:
    Ms Eliane Minassian, Head, International Programmes, international.programmes@graduateinstitute.ch