Humanitarian Action, M.Sc. | University of Geneva | Genève, Switzerland
14 months
13073 EUR/year
13073 EUR/year
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This Master in Humanitarian Action programme at University of Geneva is a unique blended learning postgraduate course on humanitarian action providing current and future humanitarian professionals with the managerial, theoretical and practical skills needed to optimize responses to humanitarian crises.


Our Master in Humanitarian Action programme at University of Geneva has been developed in response to the growing need to understand, question and reform today’s humanitarian system, and it is delivered in collaboration with our partner organisations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The programme offers evidence-based, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural education in the field of humanitarian action.

This blended postgraduate course combines theoretical, practical and managerial skills in a unique adult-learning environment, to empower humanitarian professionals with reflective and critical analysis for a more effective humanitarian response. The course work will focus on deconstructing the humanitarian system, on learning about its normative frameworks and reflecting on the interactions and power dynamics among humanitarian actors. It will provide expertise in assessing methods, tools and approaches used to provide assistance to affected populations in different humanitarian contexts (including armed conflicts, disasters, urban settings and migration).


At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the evolution of the humanitarian system, governance and stakeholders
  • Demonstrate knowledge of core humanitarian values, principles, codes and frameworks
  • Engage with major debates and critiques in the humanitarian sector
  • Critically assess humanitarian contexts and complex emergencies (armed conflicts, disasters, urban settings and migration)
  • Assess, monitor and evaluate humanitarian projects
  • Demonstrate key management, leadership and accountability skills

Develop relevant skillsets and competencies for the humanitarian sector, including public health, gender-based and sexual violence, communication, advocacy, negotiation, protection, finance and management

Programme Structure

The Master programme is a modular executive training of 60 ECTS credits composed of four terms:

  • Module 1: Humanitarianisms
  • Module 2: Contexts, Actions and Consequences
  • Module 3: Revisiting Vulnerability and Needs
  • Module 4: Humanitarian Governance, Norms and Principles
  • Module 5: The Humanitarians

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 14 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  • at least three years of relevant professional experience;
  • excellent command of English;
  • motivation working in the humanitarian sector.
The Master is open to maximum 30 students per year. Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, quality of application documents, relevance of previous work experience and English language skills.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13073 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15252 EUR for the full programme during 14 months.
  • National

    13073 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15252 EUR for the full programme during 14 months.
  • Option I:  MAS in 14 months  – CHF 15’000.-
  • Option II:  MAS in 2 or 3 academic years - CHF 17’000.-

Living costs for Genève

1925 - 2850 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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