Executive Master in International Relations

The Executive Master in International Relations (EMIR) programme is flexible, challenging and aimed at enriching the skills of professionals through a diverse modular curriculum, tailored teaching methods, and an interactive learning environment.

The EMIR programme is designed for busy professionals from both the public and the private sector who seek to earn a graduate degree in International Relations by developing their practical skills and deepen their knowledge of international politics and diplomatic issues, while working full time. An important part of our EMIR programme is the development and improvement of your diplomatic skills, to improve your professional performance and career path.

Why Should you Choose this Programme?

  • To understand the dynamics of international politics and diplomatic issues, and to develop practical skills necessary to master the challenges of 21st century diplomacy
  • Advance cross-cultural negotiation and communication skills to better diffuse international frictions, manage crises, and encourage international cooperation
  • Develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional, and national levels
  • Learn and incorporate tools, procedures and instruments to effectively manage complex projects and programmes in international and multicultural environments
  • Engage in a culturally diverse learning environment and build a network of professional relations with fellow students and faculty

What are the Themes can you Expect?

  • Governing global issues: trade, health, migration, human rights, climate change
  • New dimensions of foreign policy, geopolitics, and global security: global security, foreign policy, trade and development, conflict resolution, arms control
  • Fundamental skills for the leaders of tomorrow: leadership, strategic thinking, decision-making, policy-making, project management, teamwork, conflict management and resolution, negotiations, cross-cultural communication

The Topics for the Spring Modules 

Each module has a one-week duration, full-time, includes 3 evening classes and full Saturday.

Spring Module 1*: Shaping the Diplomacy of the Future
Spring Module 2*: Leadership in the New Era: Vision, Creativity, Change, Communications

*Subject to confirmation

The Topics for the Autumn Modules

Each module has a one-week duration, full-time.

Autumn Module 1*: Futures and Existential Risks
Autumn Module 2*: Negotiation, Mediation and Dispute Settlement Startegies & Tools

*Subject to confirmation


Areas of Expertise

  • Diplomacy
  • International Negotiation and Policy-making
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Management Skills
  • Foreign Policy
  • Globalization
  • Global Governance
  • Global Security
  • Regional Studies

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree from a university or its equivalent
  • Students are encour­aged to discuss the course with GSD academic tutors prior to the submission of the application
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must provide evidence of their English language capabili­ties at an approved level
  • Applicants who fail to reach this standard may be required to complete an agreed English Language tuition program prior to the com­mencement of the EMIR programme

Graduation Requirements

  • Total ECTS value of the Programme: 60 ECTS
  • Students are required to complete 6 Modules amounting to 42 credits (6 ECTS each, full-time, on-campus, includes preparatory readings, plus writing 2 Term papers 3 ECTS each, off-campus) and to complete a dissertation worth 18 credits
  • Two Modules of 5 full days per Semester: Tuesday to Saturday

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12.45 – 19.30
Friday & Saturday 9.00 – 17.15


Three Semesters + EMIR thesis

Tuition Fees 

Yearly Tuition: 18,000 CHF
Registration Fee: 300 CHF

For more information regarding financing your studies click here



Do you wish to go for a lighter version of this programme?

Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Relations and Diplomacy: 30 ECTS

Participants who complete 4 Modules (20 days full-time, intensive coursework over 2 Semesters, plus all required readings, assignments and research) and write a Final Research Project, will receive a Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Relations and Diplomacy, 30 ECTS. Credits obtained are valid for a period of 5 years during which they can be used to complete the MAS/EMIR degree.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Relations and Diplomacy: 12 ECTS

Participants who complete 2 Modules (10 days full-time, intensive coursework over 2 consecutive weeks) will receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Relations and Diplomacy, 12 ECTS.

Certificate in International Relations and Diplomacy: 6 ECTS

Participants who complete 1 Module (5 days full-time, intensive coursework) will receive a Certificate in International Relations and Diplomacy, 6 ECTS.

Why should you get your Executive Master’s at GSD?

Located in the Heart of the World’s Most Diplomatic Neighborhood (Geneva)

Guaranteed Internship & Networking Possibilities


The Perfect Mix of Theory and Practice


Highly Distinguished Faculty

Classes are Small and Interactive

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