NEW Excutive Master programme - Geneva centre of humanitarian studies

Actualités locales, 05.02.2021

We are very proud to present our NEW Executive Master programme for the Academic Year 2021-2022.

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NEW Executive Master programme

Our new MAS 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.

Thanks to its flexible and modular programme, our Master is tailor-made around you and your needs. Participants can choose from two options to organise their studies: either a 14-month consecutive course, or a flexible two-three year course.

Only one term (three months) of the MAS programme is residential in Geneva, the other three terms are online, meaning that you can follow the programme from anywhere you are based in the world.

Our MAS programme 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 partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

MAS Programme Snapshot

MAS Option One: 14-month consecutive course

The next MAS starts in September 2021 with a “core course”, residential term. It continues with a second, online term, focusing on the quality management of humanitarian projects. The third term is composed of five elective short online courses and it is followed by the last term: a dissertation. 

  • Term One: September - December 2021 - residential term in Geneva
  • Term Two: January - April 2022 - online
  • Term Three: April - October 2022 - online
  • Term Four: Final dissertation by 31 October 2022 - online

More detailed information about the programme is available here

Entry dates and fees
Master in 14 months (If applying for a scholarship, only this option is available).
Duration: from 8 September 2021 to 31 October 2022
Tuition fee: 15,000 CHF*

Application deadlines
Scholarship Application: 29 February 2020.
Our scholarships cover the course fees and/or living expenses. Find out more about our scholarship programme here.
Final Application: 31 May 2021

MAS Option Two:  Flexible programme (up to 38 months)

This options gives participants the flexibility to start the MAS with the core course (term one), or with any other courses that are part of the MAS programme. Students have up to 38 months to complete the 60 ECT credits necessary for the MAS. Possible programme combinations can be found here. If you are interested in this option, contact the MAS Course Coordinator to discuss you study plan. 

Entry dates and fees
The MAS can be taken over a two or three years period (up to 38 months) and participants can start at various times to suit their needs.
Duration: Entry date flexible
Tuition fee: 17,000 CHF*

Application deadlines
With the MAS flexible option participants can start at any time with any of the courses part of the MAS, therefore they need to consider the application deadline of the chosen course.


60 ECTS Credits

The Executive Master's degree is awarded jointly by the University of Geneva and The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and accredited by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ). 

Is this course for you?

Our Master is specifically designed for:

  • Entry and mid-level professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experience.
  • Professionals from other sectors (health, military, private sector, social services) who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

* Geneva tax-payers may be eligible for a chèque formation grant from the Canton of Geneva, the amount can be up to 2,250 CHF.  More information is available here