master of advanceD studies in humanitarian action (mas)

1 YEAR or 2 years / 60 ECTS CREDITS

Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action (MAS)


The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action (MAS) is flexible and modular, allowing students to choose from two options to organize their studies - either a one year course, or a flexible 2 year course.

The MAS aims to develop managers' in-depth competencies. It provides them with a strong understanding of the main conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action as well as the capacity to define and implement strategic humanitarian responses. 

Built on a multidisciplinary and interactive approach, the MAS is composed of seminars, lectures and case study analysis on different aspects of humanitarian action (armed conflicts, natural disasters, social exclusion etc). 

Once the students successfully complete the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action's full programme according to CERAH requirements, they obtain a joint degree delivered by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), and accredited by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ).


The MAS is designed for:

  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.


The MAS is taught in English however, students are offered the alternative to take written tests and write their Master Thesis in French.


The MAS is limited to 30 students per class. 


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