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Joint BA+MA Program in Geneva

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Smith College and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva have established a program that enables a small number of students to complete a B.A. from Smith and an M.A. from the Graduate Institute in five years, instead of the usual six years.

Participating Smith students will spend the fall semester of their senior year in Geneva at the Graduate Institute. They return to Smith for their final semester and for graduation, and then go back to Geneva for a fifth year of study to complete their master’s degree.

For additional details on this program, please contact Brent Durbin, associate professor of government.

Master’s Programs at the Graduate Institute

The Graduate Institute offers two categories of master’s programs to Smith students.

1. Disciplinary Master’s Programs in:
  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • International Economics (*GRE required for admittance)
  • International History and Politics
  • International Law
  • International Relations/Political Science
2. Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in:
  • International and Development Studies

There is no language prerequisite at the Graduate Institute. Most classes are taught in English. Students with limited or no French will study French as part of their program in Geneva.

To be eligible for this program, students:

  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Must have completed 96 credits of coursework by the end of their junior year.
  • Must not have spent BOTH semesters of their junior year at an off-campus program (in the United States or abroad). These students are NOT eligible to apply.

Accepted Students

For resources and information about the Swiss visa application process, please visit the Joint BA+MA Program in Geneva Accepted Students website.