The Master programme is a modular executive training of 60 ECTS credits composed of four terms:
Term One: Quality Management of Humanitarian Projects
(Certificate of Advanced studies: 10 ECTS Credits)
Duration: 11.5 weeks of online study (14 September – 4 December, 2020)
This course addresses the essential components that guarantee the qualitative management of adapted projects and cohesive teams. It integrates fundamental principles such as inclusion, do no harm, accountability or participation into processes, methods and tools of project and people management.
Term Two: Critical Analysis of Humanitarian Action
(Diploma of Advanced Studies: 25 ECTS Credits)
Duration: 10 weeks (18 January – 26 March, 2021) in Geneva
- Module 1: Humanitarianisms
- Module 2: Contexts, Actions and Consequences
- Module 3: Revisiting Vulnerability and Needs
- Module 4: Humanitarian Governance, Norms and Principles
- Module 5: The Humanitarians
Term Three: Key approaches in humanitarian responses and contexts
(Certificate of Advanced Studies: 10 ECTS Credits)
Duration: one week for each course, between April and June 2021.
The third term offers a series of short elective courses focusing on key approaches and evaluative tools of humanitarian contexts. Students can select five courses to develop specific skills and learn about good practices. The elective courses include:
- Participatory Approaches with Crisis-Affected Communities
- Designing an Advocacy Strategy for Humanitarian Action
- Media and Humanitarian Action
- Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian Contexts
- Climate emergency and its impacts on Health
- Negotiation in Humanitarian Crises
- Protection in Humanitarian Action
- Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Crises
- Livelihood and Cash Transfer Interventions in Humanitarian Action
- Health Systems Assessment in Humanitarian Crises
Term four: Workshops and dissertation (15 ECTS Credits)
Dissertation to include:
- A series of 14 online workshops organised from September 2020 to January 2021 to help students design their dissertation project (5 ECTS credits).
- MAS dissertation for August 2021 (10 ECTS credits).
- 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.
60 ECTS – Credits. Once the students successfully complete the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action’s full programme according to the Centre’s requirements, they obtain a joint degree delivered by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), and accredited by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ).
Options and Entry Dates
- Option I: One year Master (Only this option is available for students applying for a scholarship).
Duration: from 14 September, 2020 to 30 August, 2021
- Option II: Two/Three year Master
Entry date flexible.
For more details on the enrollment process visit this page.
The Master is open to maximum 30 students per year. 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.
Hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree requiring three years of study, plus a minimum of two years work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector OR hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree requiring three years of study and at least five years work experience in another sector and wish to transfer to the humanitarian sector.
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.
- 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)
You will receive a confirmation by e-mail. Should you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dates 14 September 2020 - 30 August 2021 (Option 1 Year Master) Flexible entry (Option Two-Three Year Master)
- Duration 12 months (Option One Year Master) Flexible (Option Two-Three Year Master)
- Location Blended-learning (online and residential in Geneva)
- Language English: Though written exams and dissertations are accepted in English or French
- CREDITS 60 ECTS
- Fee CHF 15,000 for One Year Option CHF 17,000 for Flexible Option
- Application Deadline 15 August, 2020 (Expired).
- If applying for a scholarship Deadline: 29 February, 2020 (Expired).