International Economics

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

24 months
7596 EUR/year
4747 EUR/year
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The International Economics programme of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, known in-house (and for historical reasons) as the MIS, is a rigorous two-year degree that equips students with state-of-the-art, policy-relevant training.  The programme is organised into three tracks: (i) International Finance, (ii) Development and (iii) International Trade.


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.

Programme Structure

  • 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7596 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7596 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4747 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based 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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International Economics
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies