Our MA program - MACIS - comprises 120 ECTS points and takes 4 semesters to complete. The curriculum concentrates on questions of democracy, political violence, political economy, and sustainable development. All courses are taught in English by a team of internationally renowned professors. With small class sizes, MACIS students benefit from close student-faculty interaction, and an intellectually stimulating environment. Admission is on a selective basis.
With its strong emphasis on theory, methods, and research, the program serves as an excellent preparation for subsequent research leading to a PhD degree, or research-oriented employment in the private or public sector. Approximately half of our students enter a PhD program at CIS or elsewhere upon graduation from the program. A further number pursue careers in the private sector, in government, as well as in international and civil society organizations.
Aims and Program
The Comparative and Internation Studies program offered by ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology aims at enabling students to conduct high-quality research on a wide range of political phenomena, such as democracy, political violence, European integration, socio-economic development, and global environmental governance. To that end, students take a set of core seminars that deal with theories, methods, and their application to key areas of empirical research in comparative and international politics. Equipped with these skills, students can engage in their own research via participation in research seminars and involvement as research assistants in ongoing projects led by CIS professors.
The basic structure and contents correspond to the educational components of a Master's program at one of the top universities in North America. It thus equips students with a very solid foundation for subsequent PhD research. Likewise, students pursuing non-academic careers can profit from MACIS due to its strong emphasis on analytical skills- tools which are easily transferable, and useful in the private sector, government, and/or international and non-governmental organisations.
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- Applied Statistics and Policy Evaluation
- Comparative and EU Politics
- Comparative and International Political Economy
- Contemporary European Politics
- Food Security and Agriculture
- Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice
- Governing the Energy Transition
- International Environmental Politics
- International Organizations
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesInternational Relations Political Science View 16 other Masters in International Relations in Switzerland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You may apply for admission to the MACIS program if you have completed the following:
- BA, BSc (180 ECTS) or equivalent first degree at an internationally recognized university
- Disciplines: Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, Business Studies, Law
You must have completed substantial course work (20 ECTS) in the following fields:
- at least 8 ECTS in Methods and Statistics (including linear regression)
- at least 12 ECTS in the areas of International Relations and Comparative Politics. A maximum of 6 ECTS may be substituted by courses in related areas such as Political Economy, Political Sociology, Political Geography, Political Psychology and Public Policy.
International1240 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 620 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA1240 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 620 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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