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Development Studies, M.A.

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  • 24 months
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Overview

This programme provides students with a sound understanding of the local and global processes that define the politics and practices of international development.

The curriculum combines a critical analysis of alternative paradigms, methodological competences and substantive knowledge in thematic specializations

Together with professional skills workshops, the use of interactive pedagogical methods, a capstone project, and a thesis, students will gain the conceptual and practical tools they need to pursue successful careers in government, international organizations and the non-profit sector.

The programme also includes the completion of a Capstone Project, where students work with one of the Graduate Institute’s partner organizations, as well as professional skills workshops, providing students them with the professional tools necessary for effective analysis and ethical decision-making.

Accreditation

The Graduate Institute is accredited by the Swiss Government and receives funding from the Confederation and the Canton of Geneva. It is managed by a private foundation and governed by a regulatory framework with a strong emphasis on efficiency. The Graduate Institute’s strategy is articulated around public-private partnerships supported by leading patrons and foundations to whom we should like to extend our sincere gratitude.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economics of Development
  • Statistical Methods for Social Sciences
  • Social Inquiry and Qualitative Methods for Development
  • History, Theory and Practice of Development
  • Poverty and Inequality

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Only online application forms and recommendations submitted electronically can be considered. 
  • Only one application for one specific programme may be submitted per year. 
  • Application fees are non-refundable. 
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application is complete and for monitoring the progress of their application via online status updates. 
  • Once an application has been submitted, no additional materials can be considered; changes cannot be made 
  • Applicants are responsible for meeting all costs related to authenticating their application documents. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6933 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6933 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4333 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4333 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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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.

Funding

The Institute strives to support its students throughout the duration of their studies, to the extent of its ability. It does so through financial aid (below) and paid jobs (teaching assistantships, research assistantships and administrative positions). In 2014, nearly half of our students received direct or indirect financial support from the Institute.

In particular, the Institute makes extensive efforts to assist its doctoral students. We aim to make financial aid available to all first year doctoral students with documented financial need. In subsequent years, doctoral students may apply for a teaching or research assistantship. The option of applying for a scholarship also remains open during the four-year programme, particularly in the final year to help with the completion of the thesis.

Financial aid

The Institute deploys invests considerable resources in financial aid, with the goal of attracting talented scholars from around the world, regardless of origin and financial ability. While other institutions generally offer only tuition reduction, the Institute also provides a large number of cost of living scholarships of CHF 18,000 each.

We expect all of our students to contribute toward the cost of their education. Therefore, and in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity, each recipient of a full scholarship is required to pay an annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000.

Financial aid is awarded by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of a written application documenting financial need; by exception, a few merit-based scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence.

Financial aid may take the following forms:

  • A full scholarship in the amount of CHF 18,000, which corresponds to the minimum living costs for one year;

  • A partial scholarship in the amount of CHF 9,000;

  • A merit scholarship awarded on the basis of academic excellence; it may be associated with a paid position as a teaching assistant or with need-based tuition reduction. An annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000 is charged in all cases.

In addition, tuition reduction may be awarded in combination with all types of scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed on the basis of a documented application, in accordance with the resources available at the Institute. Full scholarships for Master degree students are generally renewed for a second year, following review of the student’s financial situation, provided that the s/he is in good academic standing and depending on the availability of financial resources.

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