Certificate Programmes


GGSG’s interdisciplinary graduate Certificate programmes come in three varieties : full-time (day classes), executive (evening and Saturday classes), and online. They are offered in the following subject-matter areas :

  • Risk & Disaster Management
  • Management of Energy & Natural Resources
  • Labour Management & Migration
  • International Governance, Trade & Development
  • Conflict Management & Post-Conflict Development
  • Entrepreneurship : Economy, Culture & Society
  • International Environmental Issues

Note, however, that these seven programmes are not offered simul-taneously at all times, so that some may not be available in a given year. Likewise the modalities enumerated below are subject to (slight) changes.

They shall consist of 9 courses each of 30 hours’ duration (lectures [15 hours], small classes [12 hours], final exams [3 hours] – except for advanced French language courses [30 hours]), grouped into two categories : core requirements and specialized courses, supplemented by a joint integrated policy exercise, and an optional summer internship upon completion of the degree programme (subject to availability).

Teaching and study are spread over two semesters (each of 14 weeks of day or evening classes, or equivalent on-line coursework). In order to earn the 24 credit-hours/60 ECTS credits allotted, Certificate students are required to take six “core” courses, and three “specialized” courses in two of the areas of concentration offered, for a total in-class time of 280 hours (or equivalent sustained on-line effort). Upon completion of the syllabus and final exams, students must successfully take part in (a) the school’s yearly joint integrated exercise (late June), and (b) a media-training exercise.

The online version substitutes written or multimedia documents for lectures. E-mail exchanges between student and coach form the basis for the personalized intellectual support which is at the heart of GGSG’s teaching philosophy. Online students are required to take the “Communication Skills & Media Relations” core course, and to participate in person in the two “Leadership” week-long modules as well as in the Integrated Policy Exercise. They should thus expect to travel to Geneva on two occasions and spend 3 weeks there (early on, in September, and again in June). They are also offered optional summer internships.

            In both resident and online modes, two core or optional courses are delivered in French, the rest in English. As a bilingual school catering for the needs of future international careers, GGSG requires students to take at least one such course.

            Syllabuses are premised on the notion that students are expected to dedicate at least 20 hours weekly to personal study and group work, which places their total workload at 100-110 hours per course and some 30 hours per week.

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