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Anti-Corruption Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Each of the seven MACS modules carries 14 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits, and the Master's Thesis carries 22 credits. The MACS degree therefore comes with a total of 120 ECTS credits, enabling enrolment into PhD programmes.

The MACS programme runs over two academic years with seven modules and a Master Thesis. Each module has a two-week, in-class phase which takes place approximately every three months. Most of the in-class phases are at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria (Vienna area). At least one in-class phase will be held at another location worldwide. Prior off-site classes took place in Brasilia, Brazil (in cooperation with the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil), Tbilisi, Georgia (in cooperation with the Georgian Ministry of Justice), and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (in cooperation with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission). Each module also has pre- and post-module self-study (distance learning) phases.

Four modules are completed in the first academic year. Three modules and the Master's Thesis are completed in the second academic year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to the Study of Corruption
  • Drivers of Personal and Organizational (Dis)honesty
  • Issues, Themes, and Trends in Corruption
  • The Practitioner’s Perspective
  • Team Building
  • Research Methods 
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

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Academic Requirements


  • Undergraduate degree, equivalent to a bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience or a proven history of academic research in areas related to anti-corruption and/or compliance, broadly understood
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14412 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28820 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14412 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28820 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Laxenburg

  • 800 - 1200 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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