Ad hoc Complementary Courses

The ad hoc courses have been developed to support participants in their learning experience with our executive degrees. They are not mandatory but highly recommended for participants feeling the need to strengthen their competencies in some areas. All the courses are free of charge for participants enrolled in the IO-MBA (90 ECTS), DAS (30 ECTS) and CAS (18 ECTS).

1. Introduction to International Organizations & NGOs

This course is organized as an induction week taking place at the beginning of the program (1st week of September). Students have the opportunity to visit 4-5 UN Agencies based in Geneva and be introduced to IOs and NGOs from a historical perspective. It then focuses on legal structures, decision-making processes and the implementation of different organizational mandates. This course is not mandatory but highly recommended for full-time participants as well as part-time participants willing to get familiar with the Geneva multilateral environment. The course leader is Julian Fleet, Permanent Observer representing the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to the United Nations.

2. Preparatory Course for Sustainable Finance Module

This is an introductory course designed to provide an understanding of basic financial theory and practices. It will address current financial management issues faced by business decision-makers and will build the essential analytical skills necessary for dealing with various financial issues. The critical concepts of TVM (Time Value of Money), NPV (Net Present Value), IRR (Internal Rate of Return), cost of capital will be introduced and quantified. The course discusses how these concepts are applied in finance and investment activities, and give the participants the opportunity to practice problem solving skills to solve common financial problems. It emphasizes an intuitive, logically rigorous understanding of the theory and practice of corporate finance’ fundamentals, illustrating the concepts through examples and case studies.

3. Preparatory Course for Managerial Accounting Module

This course covers the key concepts of financial and managerial accounting that are critical to decision-making process. Providing a graduate introduction in accounting, the course is designed to understand: the basic financial and managerial accounting issues in international organizations; the importance of financial statements preparation; the fundamental principles to prepare the financial statements (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash-Flow Statement); how to read, interpret and analyze the accounting information. The fundamental concepts of cash vs accrual accounting, cash receipts vs revenue, capital expenditure vs expense, capital structure, cost of capital, financial leverage and other key financial performance indicators will be introduced, quantified and interpreted. The course is focused on an intuitive, logically rigorous understanding of the key concepts of theory and practice of financial and management accounting, illustrating the concepts through examples and case studies.

4. Preparatory Course for Performance and Resource Management in NPOs

This course covers the key concepts of budgeting such as the differences between accounting and budgeting, the linkages & differences between controlling and budgeting and  budget implementation.

5. Master Thesis Seminar

This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the critical steps and potential methodologies used during the research process. The will learn how to design research questions, work with academic literature, and how to effectively design a small scale empirical research project.