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Comparative and International Studies

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

24 months
1324 EUR/year
1324 EUR/year
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The Comparative and International Studies programme at 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, energy politics, security studies, socio-​economic development, and global environmental governance. 


This Comparative and International Studies MA program at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 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.

The basic structure and contents correspond to the educational components of a Master's programme 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.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Research Design & Qualitative Methods
  • Statistical Models
  • Political Violence
  • Democracy
  • Political Economy
  • Master Colloquium

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1324 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 662 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    1324 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 662 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • Tuition fee: CHF 730/Semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
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