The Geneva Graduate Institute’s MAS in International Relations will upskill you to become a key player and effectively navigate today’s complex global affairs. You will benefit from a recognised degree (60 ECTS) from the oldest European school dedicated to international relations.

The pathway is designed for professionals and is compatible with full-time positions. It offers you maximum flexibility by choosing specific thematic courses covering all areas of international relations based on your specific interests and career goals.

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  • Earn an Executive Master’s degree from a recognised University in International Relations to complete your credentials

  • Become efficient in your engagement to grow your impact in the new international order

  • Acquire the tools, skills and network to pursue your career goals


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Who is this programme for?

This programme is particularly relevant for mid- to senior level practitioners involved in international relations.


Related SDGs

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals


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GAIN 45 ECTS by combining the executive education degrees of your choice

You can apply from the start or enrol any time within five years and a half.

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*IMPORTANT: The "Development Policies & Practices" and "Conflict and Fragility Management" programmes can not be taken together.


FOLLOW THE Executive Course in Theories and Practices of INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

You can apply from the start or enrol any time within five years and a half.



  • Highly flexible format to suit your professional needs (policy paper, advocacy paper, individual professional project, research paper)

  • Supervised by an expert in the chosen area

Entry requirements
  • Selection is primarily based on the candidate's professional experience and motivation.

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

  • A minimum of 5 years of full-time work is highly recommended

  • Proficiency in English is required

Degree awarded

Master of Advanced Studies in International Relations
Master of Advanced Studies/Executive Master in the Swiss higher education system (60 ECTS)

To gain the 60 ECTS, participants have to complete the following successfully:

  • Degree-granting programmes (CAS and DAS) to be chosen from the Graduate Institute's Executive Education portfolio for a cumulated value of at least 45 ECTS

  • The Executive Course in Theories and Practices of International Relations

  • A final assignment must be completed at the end of the MAS. To graduate within a given year, participants must submit their assignments on one of the two following yearly deadlines: 15 January or 30 June.

Terms and conditions

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

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Alumni benefits
  • Executive Education graduates join the Graduate Institute alumni network of 22,000+

  • 10% discount on future Executive Education programmes

  • Networking and professional development opportunities

  • Alumni regional chapters in 20+ countries

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  • Expert practitioners advising global companies and international organisations

  • Academic thought-leaders exploring pressing global issues

  • Case studies and guest speakers change each year according to the most recent developments. A high number of senior executives were welcomed over the years from all organisations, including: Leidar, WEF, Bloomberg, IUCN, GAVI, WHO, EACD, European Centre for Public Affairs, DNDi, EPFL, International Crisis Group, UNI Global Union, Interpeace, IFPMA, FoodDrink Europe, the European Commission, Apprentis d’Auteuil, Accenture, Syngenta, Acumen Public Affairs, the European Parliament, Swiss Permanent Mission to the EU, Airlines for Europe, 7-Eleven, MSF, UNIL, FIFDH, International AIDS Society, EBU

MAS Participants by lake Geneva


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Up to 5 years (at your own pace)


CHF 42'000


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For organisations

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

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Johnson Jimmye (Mrs.)
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+41 (0)22 908 57 28

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