Degrees awarded

  • Executive Certificate in Development Policies and Practices - Requires successful completion of Module 1. The Executive Certificate (Certificate of Advanced Studies or CAS) = 15 ECTS. Upgrade to an Executive Master requires completion within three years from the start date of the Executive Certificate.
  • Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices - Requires successful completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3. The assessment of the 3 modules represents 60% of the final grade, and the professional thesis 40%. The Executive Master (Diploma of Advanced Studies or DAS) = 30 ECTS

Both programmes count towards the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in International Strategy and Adaptive Leadership.

IMPORTANT: Please, note that CAS and DAS degrees cannot be counted as academic degree requirements needed for PhD applications.

Curriculum & Programme Modules

Accreditation & degree recognition

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies has the full status as an approved degree-granting institution (university-level) by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ), under our French name, Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID). The AAQ assures and promotes the quality of teaching and research at universities in Switzerland.

Furthermore, the Executive Education departement is quality certified by the Swiss certification label, EduQua.