Executive Master in International Relations


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

The Executive Master Degree program 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 program is the development and improvement of your diplomatic skills, to improve your professional performance and career path.

The Executive Master spans over 9 months (60 ECTS) and includes regular evening classes, weekend workshops, a week-long summer or winter school and a final dissertation. Modules are practice-driven and solution-oriented and will be taught in English by a multinational faculty that includes experienced academics and practitioners.

Programme 2017 – 2018


For more information about the courses that are offered during the Fall semester 2017 of the EMIR programme, please click here to see the EMIR programme schedule. To download the EMIR programme handbook with important background information on the courses, please click here. To see the EMIR academic calendar of 2017-2018, click here.

Participants profile


The average age of the Executive Master in International Relations (EMIR) participants is 34 years old. Our participants all have several years of working experience in the public and private sector, before joining the EMIR programme.

Background profile EMIR students:

  • Average age: 34 years old
  • Average languages spoken: 4
  • Average years of experience: 4

Educational background (Majors):

  • Law
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Hotel Management
  • Engineering
  • Public sector

Work experience sectors:

  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • International Organisation (IO)
  • NGO’s

Why should you choose EMIR

  • It is a truly global programme at the heart of international Geneva for young professionals from government, business, civil society and academia;
  • It provides advanced tools to grasp and navigate the complex realities of a globalizing world;
  • It focuses on a variety of the most important global challenges and governance solutions in the areas from migration and financial governance to trade negotiations and social entrepreneurship;
  • You will develop practical skills such as negotiation, working in teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution and cross-cultural communication through practical exercises and case studies;
  • Modules are taught by international academics, experts and practitioners with the use of the most innovative teaching approaches.

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 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 Executive Master programme (EMIR).

Graduation requirements


Students are required to complete modules amounting to 40 credits (ECTS) and to complete a dissertation worth 20 credits.

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