MA-IR Dual Programme

Together with the University of Business and International Studies (UBIS) we offer the MA-IR programme. This is a Double Master’s Degree programme on International Relations with a Business Focus.  The programme will better arm graduates to face some of the world’s changing challenges and newer problems.  Deemed essential today is an ever-deepening alliance between international organisations, international diplomacy and international business. The MA-IR is therefore an increasingly sought-after foundation and platform to better understand, cope with and contribute more humanely and intelligently to the emerging challenges of the 21st century.

Programme Specifications

Courses 15 courses
Credits 48 US credits, 90 ECTS
Length 12 to 18 months


The University of Business and International Studies (UBIS) is a Swiss private university which is part of the US Hamilton White Group. UBIS is centred in Geneva and offers Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration and International Relations as well as Industry Specific Programs customized to the ever- changing marketplace. Their online as well as fast track specialized programs enable the brightest business minds of tomorrow to easily start their studies today. And the ability to receive a dual degree (US/Swiss) means our students can immediately stand apart.

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MA-IR courses

International Relations and Diplomacy:

  • Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • Negotiation Simulation
  • Global Health and International Relations
  • Research Methods
  • International Migration or Current Issues in International Law
  • Global Security
  • International Managerial Economics
  • Core Concepts of International Law
  • International Trade
  • Thesis
  • Internship

For more information about the International Relations & Diplomacy courses, please click here.

Business Courses:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Marketing in a Global Environment
  • Web Strategies

For more information about the Business courses, please click here.

Special opportunity for our GSD MIR Alumni

For our MIR Alumni we have a special offer for everyone who is interested to top-up their MIR programme. If you already have obtained your MIR at GSD; you will only have to follow 5 specialised UBIS courses focused on business in order to obtain a full UBIS MA-IR Internationally Accredited Degree. The courses are offered online; the programme is very flexible and has a maximum duration of 6 months. Thanks to our partnership with UBIS we are able to offer our Alumni this very exclusive offer for a reduced tuition fee. Differentiate yourself: Top-up your MIR with a business focus in less than 6 months! Find out more about the programme and possibilities, here.

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