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Joint BA/MA Program in Geneva

Smith College and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva have established a new program that will enable a small number of students to complete a BA from Smith and an MA 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 will 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.

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 of Development
  • International Economics (*GRE required for admittance)
  • International History
  • International Law
  • International Relations/Political Science
2. Interdisciplinary Master's Programs in:
  • International Affairs
  • Development Studies

Tuition and Fees

Students pay the Smith comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board), and Smith will pay the tuition, room and board charges assessed by the Graduate Institute. The Guide to Home School Fees explains which costs Smith covers and which costs are the responsibility of the student.

During the fourth year of study: Students continue to pay the normal comprehensive fee to Smith College. Students on financial aid will continue to receive that aid. Smith will cover the Geneva costs during the fall semester of the senior year. These include tuition and administrative fees, and room and board.

During the fifth year of study: Students are responsible for paying their own tuition to the Graduate Institute as well as room and board and other incidental costs. Students may apply to the Graduate Institute for financial aid according to the Graduate Institute's regulations and practices. Total estimated cost for an academic year in Geneva is 26,000 CHF (approximately $27,500 US). This includes tuition (8,000 CHF or $8,500 US), along with room and board and other expenses (18,000 CHF or $19,000 US).


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.


Students must complete an application form, which includes a 500-word statement of interest and two letters of recommendation from faculty. The deadline is February 12, 2018.

The application can be completed online here.

For More Information

For additional details on this program, please contact Howard Gold, professor of government.