Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Humanitarian Action

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.

1 year or 2 years

The course has five components:

  • Three month intensive course on the theory and practice of humanitarian action (Sept-Dec)
  • Three weeks on Research methodology (Jan)
  • Seven-week course on Strategic planning and management of humanitarian programmes (Feb-March)
  • Seven week course on either Operational Communications or Health in Humanitarian Emergencies (April-June)
  • A dissertation on a topic of humanitarian action chosen by the student

The completion of a MAS corresponds to 60 ECTS 

The deadline for 2020-2021 applications is 31 July, 2020. The scholarship application deadline is 28 February, 2020. 


Two year MAS

 The MAS can also be taken over a 2 period. Students can commence in September, February or April. For registration details contact us directly at cerahgeneve@unige.ch. 



Upcoming dates: 2 September, 2019 - 13 December,  2019

15 weeks             30 ECTS CREDITS

The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) aims to offer professionals a strong understanding of the contemporary humanitarian challenges through a comprehensive overview of conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian past and present crises. 

  • Four month full time course on humanitarian concepts and contemporary challenges to humanitarian practice
  • One week research methodology
  • Research paper: to submit in January 

The current registration deadline has expired. For information on future DAS courses please contact cerahgeneve@unige.ch.



HDL Designing Strategies & Projects in Humanitarian Action

8-month course, including 2 residential weeks in Kampala, Uganda


Upcoming dates: 26 August, 2019 - 26 April, 2020

CERAH has developed a Certificate of Advanced Studies 'Designing Strategies & Projects for Humanitarian Action' that is studied remotely. The modular, flexible and skills-based course is ideal for managers working in the humanitarian sector who want to enhance their existing skills particularly in the areas of project management, partnerships, collaborative leadership and gender & diversity.  This eight month course  is studied remotely, taking eight hours per week.  In addition the remote work is complemented by a two week, intensive, residential course in Uganda.

Registration deadline: 31 July, 2019 (Please note the scholarship deadline has expired).

MOOC Humanitarian Communication: Addressing Key Challenges

Five week open online course

3-4 hours per week of work 

Focusing on the main challenges of communication in humanitarian action and the means to address these challenges.


operational communication, Advocacy and Negotiation

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation

7 weeks

Upcoming dates: 20 April, 2020 - 5 June, 2020


This course explores how and why clear and efficient communication is essential to the success of projects carried out in humanitarian settings.

Registration deadline: 4 February, 2020


Thematic Short Courses in Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation

1 week

  • Advocacy for Humanitarian Projects in Health (6 - 10 January, 2020)
  • Dialogue with Communities (27 April - 1 May, 2020)
  • Designing an Advocacy Strategy (4 - 8 May, 2020)
  • Media and Humanitarian Action  (11 - 15 May, 2020)
  • Negotiation in Humanitarian Settings (25 - 29 May, 2020)


Health and Sexual Violence 

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Health of Populations affected by Humanitarian Emergencies

7 weeks

Upcoming dates: 20 April - 5 June, 2020


This course explores how and why maintaining and improving the health of populations affected by emergencies lies at the heart of humanitarian preparedness and response.

Registration deadline: 4 February, 2020


Thematic Short Courses on Health and Sexual Violence

1 week

    • Chronic Diseases (4 - 8 May, 2020)
    • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies (28 October - 1 November, 2019)
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health (18 - 22 May, 2020)
    • Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies (9 - 13 September, 2019, Geneva; 25 - 29 November, 2019, Entebbe, Uganda (COURSE FULL); 16 - 20 March, 2020, Geneva)


Project Management 

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

7 weeks

Upcoming dates

Humanitarian Distance Learning Option (26 August, 2019 - 26 April, 2020) 

Geneva residential programme option (3 February - 20 March, 2020)


This course aims to improve humanitarian professionals' competencies and leadership in defining and implementing specific strategies, with a problem-solving approach. 


Thematic Short Courses

1 week