The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) aims to offer professionals a strong understanding of the contemporary humanitarian challenges through a comprehensive overview of conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian past and present crises.


Students will learn to understand the nature of humanitarian work, its ecosystem and the foundations of humanitarianism. They will also learn to critically analyse the concepts and practices of humanitarian action, build relevant arguments regarding these concepts and practices and define a well-argued positioning.

The course is divided in five modules:

  • M1: Humanitarianisms
  • M2: Contexts, Actions and Consequences
  • M3: Revisiting Vulnerability and Needs
  • M4: Humanitarian Governance, Norms and Principles
  • M5: The Humanitarians

The Diploma also includes the writing of a final dissertation. 

The process includes a series of five online workshops organised in December 2020 and January 2021 to help the students design their dissertation project.

The DAS dissertation must be presented by May 2021.



  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.


30 ECTS credits. Once the students successfully complete the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action’s full programme according to CERAH requirements, they obtain a joint degree delivered by the Graduate Institute of Inte

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A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, university degree requiring three years of study.

Admission process

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.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Language requirements

All classes at the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies are delivered in English. All students must have an excellent command of English. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying full-time at a university level in English (please provide transcripts certifying that courses were delivered in English), must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English. More information on recognised tests and scores is available here.

Enrollment deadlines

  • Regular academic year (starting in September)
    • with scholarship/visa: For candidates who wish to apply for a scholarship and/or who need an entry visa for Switzerland, application deadline is February (before the academic year).
    • all other candidates: applications are open until 30 June (before the academic year).
    • Candidates without scholarship can also enroll to the Master during the current academic year.

To submit your application:

    • Duly fill in the form on the online enrollment platform
    • Register to the correct programme
    • Upload all requested documents (check your scholarship eligibility beforehand: see Fees & Scholarship)
    • Submit

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  • Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian ActionDates 18 January - 26 March, 2021
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian ActionDuration 10 weeks
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian ActionLocation Geneva
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian ActionLanguage English
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian ActionCREDITS 30 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 8,000
  • Application Deadline 31 October, 2020
  • If applying for a scholarship Deadline: 29 February, 2020 (expired).