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Anthropology and Sociology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Genève, Switzerland
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development (ANSO) offers cutting edge research and teaching in both disciplines on contemporary actors, institutions, processes and dynamics of transnationalization and localization. Critical of totalising views of globalisation and development, ANSO bridges the conventional North-South divide, and the worlds of academia and policy.
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Overview

Our two-year Master’s program offers rigorous training in anthropology and sociology through a combination of coursework in small class settings, opportunities for independent field research, and close mentoring. During the program students acquire a breadth and depth of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary knowledge, as well as research skills across a variety of methodological approaches.

We aim to foster in our students the analytical, methodological, and conceptual capacities needed to develop nuanced understandings of, and responses to, the transnational and globalized dimensions of many of today’s most urgent social, cultural, political, and economic problems. Students complete our program well prepared for careers in the international, public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A number of our MA students also go on to pursue PhDs in ANSO or other internationally competitive doctoral programs.

The MA curriculum enables students to combine broad disciplinary training with the development of specialized research interests. Compulsory courses in social theory and research methods as well as recommended courses in research design and ethnographic writing give students a solid foundation in anthropology and sociology. Students also have the freedom to pursue their particular interests by choosing from an array of elective disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses within and outside the department.

Making the most of the Graduate Institute’s location, MA students may also take up internships in one of Geneva’s many international or nongovernmental organizations. The Graduate Institute also offers opportunities to study abroad for a semester through its numerous exchange programs.

Accreditation

ACBSP and IACBE are both accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).EU Business School (EU) has been certified by EduQua, the first Swiss quality label geared toward adult further education. EU is one of the schools, institutions and academies in Switzerland to be certified by EduQua.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Theory 1
  • Social Theory 2
  • Research Methods 
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork
  • Critical Epistemologies
  • Research Design 
  • Writing Workshop 
  • Elective Courses 
  • MA Thesis

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

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    7

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    100

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    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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