Master in Global Studies



Admissions for the 2024-2025 period are now closed, admissions for 2025-2026 will open from January 15th, 2025, to February 28th, 2025.

The Master in Global Studies of the University of Geneva is a two-year full-time programme which focuses on identifying, understanding, and solving global challenges. It aims to train a new generation of professionals to approach today’s most pressing challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will notably learn to draw upon knowledge and evidence from different sources as well as collaborate across levels and sectors.

In the MAGS programme, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of contemporary global challenges and how to respond to them, including through the innovation of governance designs. The MAGS is highly flexible in terms of curriculum requirements, allowing students to follow their individual interests and chart their own educational path. The MAGS also provides students with opportunities to engage with the international environment in Geneva.

Presentation of the Master in Global Studies in English (PDF)
Présentation du Master en études globales (PDF)


Master in Global Studies

120 ECTS credits

Compulsory core class 30 credits
3 courses on foundational issues in global studies
2 interdisciplinary seminars
18 credits
12 credits
Elective courses 60 credits
Applying knowledge and skills 30 credits 
Master's thesis or participation in the Geneva Multilateralism clinic   

 Students who already have a Master can apply for 3 semesters or a 90 ECTS Master.

    2 years (4 semesters)
    Courses are taught in English. Academic work may be conducted in English or in French. Passive knowledge of French is recommended.
    Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. The MAGS programme invites applications from students interested in global studies with a background in any academic discipline.
    General placement test for non-Francophones is not required.
    Master’s students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester maximum, as early as their third semester of study.
    500 CHF / semester
    The MAGS aims to prepare students to work in a variety of workplace settings, including but not limited to international organizations (e.g., United Nations), civil society such as non-governmental organizations (e.g., MSF, Care, Oxfam...), public sector institutions at the national (e.g., Ministries of foreign affairs, development agencies) or local level (e.g., municipal authorities), public-private partnerships as well as the private sector.

Registration to the Master of Science in Global Studies


Admissions for the 2024-2025 period are now closed, admissions for 2025-2026 will open from January 15th, 2025, to February 28th, 2025.


Application Process

Applications will only be taken into consideration if the student fulfills the University of Geneva’s registration requirements. Students will have to register with the university between the 15th of January 2025 and the 28th of February 2025 . All details can be found here.

Students enrolled at the University of Geneva at the time of their application are exempt from the enrolment part of the application process as they are already matriculated. 

Special requirements for the students in the Bachelor of international relations of the University of Geneva

If you are a student graduating from the Bachelor of international relations in the global studies track (orientation en études globales), you are only required to fill a pre-registration form by 28th February.

Language Requirements

Regarding the Master of Science in Global Students, all students must be proficient in English. Native English speakers and students who have successfully completed at least one year of secondary or tertiary (University level) education in English must provide an academic document as proof of proficiency.

All other applicants must provide one of the following accepted certificates with the corresponding minimum score level that equates to C1 proficiency according to the European Framework:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-test 100, Paper-test 600, Computer-based test 250
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7.0
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English of the University of Cambridge (CPE): A-B-C
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A-B

Application Documents

  • Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
  • University diplomas (Bachelor, Master, Licence, etc.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts (University)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for the Candidacy to the Masters