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Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security, 2018-2019

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) is jointly run by the GCSP and the Global Studies Institute (GSI) (University of Geneva).

It is based upon the internationally recognized training expertise of GCSP’s Leadership in International Security Course, a course on international security policy entering its 30th year, and the long-standing academic expertise of the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva.

The MAS attracts participants who serve in the broad area of security policy, be it in government, military, private sector or international institutions and agencies engaged in security-related policy planning and decision-making.

Key benefits for you

The MAS is designed to advance participants' knowledge and skills in order to prepare them for leadership roles in government as well as international and non-governmental organizations. In particular, it will:

  • Develop participants understanding of, and capacity for, leadership in a security policy environment;
  • Enable participants to conduct a critical analysis and assessment of the effectiveness and legitimacy of security policy options and responses;
  • Transfer knowledge and experience via peer-to-peer interaction and the sharing of expertise;
  • Strengthen the skill-set for leadership roles in a multi-cultural and cross-institutional environment;
  • Enable participants to generate constructive and sustainable solutions to security threats and complex conflict dynamics.

Why you should attend

The MAS provides an environment for critical academic reflection, the development of key skills and knowledge, and creates a network of outstanding security leaders, integrating them into a wide community of security experts and policymakers.

  • It will enhance your understanding of a broad range of security issues ranging from human to hard security - in national, ‘world-regional’ and global contexts.
  • Furthermore, it will enable your ability to better identify the evolution of key challenges, analyze the inter-linked nature of issues, and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of policy responses to arrive at sustainable solutions.
  • An innovative and interactive course methodology is applied, which involves a focus on both expert-led sessions including case studies, simulations, and collaborative peer to peer learning.

Faculty profiles

Participants will benefit from the expertise of highly qualified academics, experienced diplomats, government officials and distinguished practitioners from around the world during this full-time course.

Degree awarded

Participants who complete the programme successfully will be awarded a fully accredited Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security (60 ECTS) by the University of Geneva and the GCSP. This MAS programme has the highest level of accreditation awarded to degrees in Switzerland. As a result, the MAS degree receives automatic equivalence in most countries worldwide.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 edition of the programme. Please contact mas@gcsp.ch for further information.

Application Procedure

A competitive recruitment process is conducted in which candidates are selected by taking into account the following admission requirements.

  • A university degree or equivalent
  • At least several years of professional experience, ideally in a security policy-related field
  • Proficiency in English, the working language of the course

The application should consist of:

  • A letter of motivation (800 words max)
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of relevant university degree(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample of 1500 words (verified with an anti-plagiarism software) on either:
    • a) What is the purpose and relevance of reforming the United Nations Security Council? Or
    • b) Is the current crisis of the ‘liberal world order’ a turning point in international relations?

Deadline 31 May 2018


Geneva, Switzerland


CHF 15,000

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Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security, 2018-2019

Date 8 Oct 2018 - 31 May 2019

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