MAS Humanitarian Action
Period8 September 2021 - 31 October 2022
Registration deadline31 May 2021
Option I: MAS in 14 months – CHF 15’000.-
Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 1'000
Option II: MAS in 2 or 3 academic years - CHF 17’000.-
Deposit (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 1'000
The payment of the registration fees can be made in several installments. If registration fees are not paid before the beginning of the course, access to the programme will not be allowed.
The Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies can only offer a very limited number of educational scholarships for living expenses and only according to predetermined criteria. Therefore, candidates are strongly encouraged to search for financial support on their own and as early as possible. The scholarships do not include VISA and transport costs in Geneva.
Candidates eligible for a scholarship are residents from and work in one of the countries designated in the DAC List of ODA Recipients either as “least developed”, “other low income”, or “lower middle income”. For more info, please check our website: www.cerahgeneve.ch.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the evolution of the humanitarian system, governance and stakeholders
- Demonstrate knowledge of core humanitarian values, principles, codes and frameworks
- Engage with major debates and critiques in the humanitarian sector
- Critically assess humanitarian contexts and complex emergencies (armed conflicts, disasters, urban settings and migration)
- Assess, monitor and evaluate humanitarian projects
- Demonstrate key management, leadership and accountability skills
Develop relevant skillsets and competencies for the humanitarian sector, including public health, gender-based and sexual violence, communication, advocacy, negotiation, protection, finance and management
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen their understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action
Post-graduate student with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action
- Analyse and critically review major humanitarian crises, past and present, as well as future challenges, from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Use specialised problem-solving skills integrating knowledge on humanitarian crises acquired throughout the courses
- Develop creative and flexible procedures to solve problems
- Formulate and defend an argument taking into account ethical issues and humanitarian principles
- Take responsibility in challenging and moving contexts by formulating and implementing appropriate, coherent, flexible and creative strategies
- Demonstrate leadership and innovation in managing programmes, projects and teams
- Enhance self-management in a stressful and demanding environment, identifying one’s own strengths and limitations
The Master programme is a modular executive training of 60 ECTS credits composed of four terms:
Term One: Critical Analysis of Humanitarian Action – RESIDENTIAL TERM IN GENEVA
(Diploma of Advanced Studies: 25 ECTS Credits)
- Module 1: Humanitarianisms
- Module 2: Contexts, Actions and Consequences
- Module 3: Revisiting Vulnerability and Needs
- Module 4: Humanitarian Governance, Norms and Principles
- Module 5: The Humanitarians
Term Two: Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects – ONLINE TERM
(Certificate of Advanced studies: 10 ECTS Credits)
This course addresses the essential components that guarantee the qualitative management of adapted projects and cohesive teams. It integrates fundamental principles such as inclusion, do no harm, accountability or participation into processes, methods and tools of project and people management.
Term Three: Key approaches in humanitarian responses and contexts – ONLINE TERM
(Certificate of Advanced Studies: 10 ECTS Credits)
Duration: one week for each course, between April and October 2022.
The third term offers a series of short elective courses focusing on key approaches and evaluative tools of humanitarian contexts. Students can select five courses from our list of Executive Short Courses (ESC) to develop specific skills and learn about good practices.
Term four: Workshops and dissertation (15 ECTS Credits) – ONLINE
Dissertation to include:
- A series of 14 online workshops organised from September 2021 to January 2022 to help students design their dissertation project (5 ECTS credits).
- MAS dissertation for October 2022 (10 ECTS credits).
Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Centre of Humanitarian Studies, University of Geneva
Diploma delivered jointly by
Our 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 partner organisations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The programme offers evidence-based, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural education in the field of humanitarian action.
This blended postgraduate course combines theoretical, practical and managerial skills in a unique adult-learning environment, to empower humanitarian professionals with reflective and critical analysis for a more effective humanitarian response. The course work will focus on deconstructing the humanitarian system, on learning about its normative frameworks and reflecting on the interactions and power dynamics among humanitarian actors. It will provide expertise in assessing methods, tools and approaches used to provide assistance to affected populations in different humanitarian contexts (including armed conflicts, disasters, urban settings and migration).
The Master is open to maximum 30 students per year. Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, quality of application documents, relevance of previous work experience and English language skills.
The Selection Committee examines the quality of the applications and aims to reach a balance between the number of men and women, educational profiles and professional experience, geographical distribution and financial contribution.
Applications sent after the closing date and/or incomplete will not be considered.
- a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- at least three years of relevant professional experience;
- excellent command of English;
- motivation working in the humanitarian sector.
Fore more detailed information about the application process visit our dedicated page.