MAS in Transitional Justice

Applications for the 2021–2022 Academic Year are Open!

Applications for the 2021–2022 academic year of our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) are open!

They will run until 29 January 2021 for applications with a scholarship and until 26 February 2021 for applications without a scholarship.

About the Programme

Our MTJ is a one-year full-time postgraduate degree (60 ECTS) designed for highly qualified and open-minded candidates interested in acquiring high-level academic education and practice in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.

One of the very few programmes on this subject worldwide, its cross-disciplinary approach combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, philosophical and field perspectives and promotes both academic excellence and independent critical thinking.

Learn more about this programme, discover it in a nutshell and see what our alumni and students say about it!

An Exceptional Learning Environment

The MTJ is organized around small and intimate learning communities. This creates an exceptional learning environment where students from all over the world and with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, experiences and motivations have access to a world-renowned faculty at the cutting-edge of transitional justice issues and challenges.

As a human rights and peacebuilding hub, Geneva offers a broad range of conferences and public events featuring key experts and topics, as well as providing access to leading actors in the field.

With more than 70 public events, expert seminars and conferences organized every year, we host some of the world’s leading academics and practitioners who share their research, views and experiences with our students and directly touch upon topics addressed in the programme.

William Shabbas during a MTJ class

Studying in Times of COVID

We are committed to retaining continuity of all our academic programmes. We are therefore adapting rapidly to the situation related to the COVID–19 pandemic and are in a position to ensure continued high quality and interactive teaching for our three master’s programmes – fully on-campus, fully online or hybrid with on-site and online, depending on the evolution of the situation.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we offer a combination of education on location and online, with courses, taught simultaneously in-class and online except during confinement periods.

We look forward to receiving applications from talented students from all around the world and hope that by September 2021 they will all be able to come to Geneva to follow our programmes!

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva through a highly competitive process based on academic merit, extra-curricular achievements and the candidate’s financial needs.

For our MTJ, we only provide full and partial scholarships for citizens of non-western countries (full list of eligible countries available here).

Partial scholarships cover tuition fees. Full scholarships cover tuition fees and living expenses in Geneva for 10 months.

Admission

The admission section of our website provides detailed information about:

In order for their applications to be reviewed, all applicants must submit within the week following the submission of their application a non-refundable admission fee of CHF 100.

A Four Steps Online Application Process

You can apply via a straightforward online form. The online application comprises the following four steps:

  • Decide whether to apply (1) without a scholarship, (2) with full scholarship; (3) with a partial scholarship
  • Complete the application form
  • Attach the required documents
  • Submit your application.

Make sure you have all the requested information and documents before starting your application!

Students during a MTJ class in times of COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you still have questions, our FAQ addresses the main questions related to our MTJ, the admission procedure and living in Geneva.

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