International University in Geneva

Leads to managerial positions in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector.

The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR) responds to the growing demand to train young professionals in Geneva for decision-making careers in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector. Situated in the same city as the United Nations headquarters in Europe, the program takes full advantage of Geneva’s unique situation as a world capital of multilateral diplomacy. The MIR provides substantial resources for its international faculty and student body to network with international institutions (UNHCR, UNECE, UNCTAD, WTO, WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO, WEF, ICRC) and diplomatic missions.

  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Starting
    September November March May
  • Courses
    14 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty working in academia and international institutions;
  • Providing knowledge and skills to analyze international issues, prepare policy reports and participate in international decision making via international conferences and meetings;
  • Exploring the United Nations system, international regimes, regional agreements and     technical cooperation between states;
  • Gaining insight into multilateral diplomacy being in the heart of “International Geneva”.
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Program Details

In addition to core international relations courses, with a focus on the United Nations system and the European Union, foreign policy and geoeconomics, global economy and economic diplomacy, the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy curriculum trains young professionals for decision making positions with courses in international trade organizations and statistics, executive communication and negotiations, multimedia and internet.

The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year.

Courses Descriptions

Trimester 1 credits
  • POL 610 – Geoeconomics, Influence and Power This course explores the impact of geoeconomics strategies of state and non-state actors in international relations. It examines European, US and East-Asian competitive intelligence, trade and economic interests at stake. The course addresses the issue of information operations and disinformation strategies, enforcement or destabilization of the nation state and state support to strategic industrial sectors through economic diplomacy. The relations between the state, corporate sector and civil society are examined in the form of case studies.
  • POL 625 – The Dynamics of Regional Cooperation and Diplomacy The course will examine the political and economic concepts of regionalism, particularly from the perspective of using diplomacy and economic cooperation and integration to deal with traditionally complex regional structures of international relations. Students will examine the dynamics of the growing trend towards regionalism in a comparative perspective, analyzing regional groupings in Europe, East Asia, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The course introduces the concept of regional cooperation and integration in the age of globalization, from the perspective of world economic geography, cultural interaction, and functional collaboration that leads to political cooperation.
  • TRA 615 – International Trade Organizations This course focuses on international economic relations and trade organizations. It reveals challenges and limits for the nation-state to manage international affairs alone. The course evaluates specialized international organizations (WTO, UNCTAD, ICC, World Bank, IMF, WIPO) and examines their achievements in promoting global governance. The course discusses regional trade areas and arrangement worldwide (NAFTA, MERCOSUR, APEC, ASEAN, ECOWAS).
  • ECO 607 – Global Economics This course examines the function of the economy and the role of the firm in the economy. The course underlines the macro-economic principles in order to understand domestic and international policy issues, international trade policies and economic growth.
Trimester 2 credits
  • NEG 615 – Cross-Cultural Negotiations In this course students develop negotiating strategies and tactics applicable in a global setting. The interrelationship between culture, communication and business is analyzed and appropriate approaches formulated.
  • TRA 624 – Economic and Political Diplomacy This course introduces students to the tools of economic policy and standard setting organizations. It develops an understanding of economic resources and trade relations as a policy objective. The course discusses how states conduct their economic relations, how they make decisions domestically, how they interact with non-state actors and engage in multilateral negotiations.
  • LAW 660 – International Law This course examines relations between nations and the legal framework that underpins these relations. The course reviews treaty law, law of the sea, international criminal law and various aspects of humanitarian law. The supernational context is studied in relation to the UN Charter and the workings of various international courts.
  • POL 620 – European Union: Foundations and Trends This course focuses on European integration process, institutions and decision-making and explores the role of Europe in world politics. Prominent points of debate include sovereignty, federalism and monetary union as well as trade environmental, enlargement and defense policies.
Trimester 3 credits
  • POL 630 – Foreign Policy-Making and Analysis The course deals with domestic and external factors affecting the formulation of foreign policy and national security. It examines major political events after 1989 and policy making conceived and practiced by nation-states. The course aims to integrate theory and policy-making, diplomacy and strategy while focusing on foreign policy and national security.
  • POL 632 – The United Nation Systems, Foundations and Trends This course gives a general overview of the United Nations system and specialized international organizations. It reviews the history of the UN and examines decision-making processes especially within the General Assembly and the Security Council. The course explores the strengths and weaknesses of the UN system and multilateral diplomacy in regulating relations between sovereign nation states. Students will debate on future perspectives of the UN system, on the concept of the collective security and UNSC reform.
  • POL 637 – Diplomatic Tools in Managing Conflicts Conflics can have multiple causes. This course will give students a comprehension of conflicts but also the key theoretical approaches to enhance their understanding of conflict resolution, crisis management and the techniques employed by diplomats, the international community and third parties to resolve or prevent diverse violent conflicts. Conflict resolution and crisis management involves techniques and procedures needed to prevent crisis from escalating and leading to war. Such efforts can include traditional diplomatic tools such as 'good offices', sanctions, peacekeeping, peacemaking, humanitarian interventions and direct military interventions. These actions can also take place at various stages of the conflict, escalation or de-escalation. This course will review all these techniques and theories.
  • COM 621 – Interpersonal and Presentation Skills The essential element for a successful executive or manager is the ability to effectively communicate his or her ideas, persuade others of the viability of those ideas, and direct and delegate authority in a manner that motivates, rather than alienates subordinates. This course gives students a controlled environment in which to practice and develop these skills. Students examine interpersonal communication, business writing, public presentations, and are expected to make persuasive and informative oral presentations.
Trimester 4 credits
  • POL 698 – Future Issues in International Relations (Capstone Course) International relations have changed since the end of the Cold War in 1989 and September 11, 2001. This course identifies the crucial political issues today on the national, regional and transnational levels. It examines current dynamics and assesses their possible future trends. Topics under consideration include security, the environment, the economy, migration, religion and the information society on a global scale.
  • BUS 650 – Ethics, Strategy and Social Responsibility This course examines CRS issues from the perspective of different aspects of corporate operations including strategy, accounting, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, marketing, organizational behavior and operations management, It includes lectures, case studies and student research projects and presentations.


Nationalities of Master Students
  • 1. Europe (62%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (7%)
  • 4. Africa (3%)


The faculty at IUG in Switzerland, is international in experience, practical in orientation and focused on their teaching. The faculty members are student-centered and committed to foster a stimulating learning environment.

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.

An International Network

The International University in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your MIR

MIR graduates engage in decision-making careers in: international organizations and diplomatic services; corporate business and financial sector; media, NGOs and civil society.

Career Services

The International University in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions. 

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 150.- or USD 140.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80),  IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IUG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • A GMAT test score (The University's GMAT code number is 0130)
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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