Who can apply?
Our selection process is highly competitive. Each year, we have the good fortune of examining a pool of extremely talented individuals from all over the world. A successful candidate to the International Economics programme of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies usually satisfies three prerequisites. First, she/he has followed undergraduate economics classes and is familiar with the main concepts of the discipline. Second, she/he has a solid mathematical background and is thus comfortable with the technical aspects of economics. Third, she/he has excellent GRE scores, very good grades and highly supportive letters of recommendation.
What does it prepare you for?
For a small department, we punch way above our weight in terms of student placement: we have been remarkably successful over the years in sending our students to top-level national and international institutions, from the World Bank, the IMF, or the UN system more generally, to central banks, NGOs and think tanks. For those who choose to pursue a PhD, we have two excellent programmes of our own, and if you decide to test the waters at leading international universities, you should know that we have a great track record in terms of getting our students into top schools, both in the US and in Europe.
How is the programme structured?
The programme consists of core classes, electives and a thesis. All economics classes are in English, while electives in other departments can be in French, given that the Graduate Institute is bilingual. A thesis completes the programme.
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The six core classes provide training in graduate-level microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. They are taken over the first three semesters of the program. You will also take a math refresher course, affectionately known as the "math bootcamp," before the beginning of the first semester.
Electives can be chosen both from the department's offerings and from those of other academic departments in the Institute.
By the beginning of your second year, you will identify a supervisor for your master thesis. Students normally narrow down their research topic during their third semester, leading to a concrete thesis proposal by the end of the semester. You will focus on writing your thesis during the fourth semester, under the guidance of your advisor.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesEconomics International Relations View 15 other Masters in International Relations in Switzerland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- You should hold, or at least receive upon arrival, a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to your study programme, from an accredited university
- Professional experience and extracurricular activities are not compulsory but can be an asset to your application
- Complete the online application form
- Pay the application fee
- Provide contact details for two academic referees on the application form
- Upload all your supporting documents before the deadline
International7596 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7596 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA4747 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4747 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
- Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year
- Resident students: CHF 5,000 per year
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