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Master in Anti-Corruption Studies Programme (MACS)

Course Description

The Programme

IACA is the first international organization and educational institution to offer a global, postgraduate degree programme in anti-corruption and compliance: the Master of Arts in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS). The MACS is a two-year, in career programme designed for working professionals who wish to remain fully employed while pursuing their degree. The programme focuses on an advanced study of anti-corruption and compliance and runs over a period of 26 months. It brings together professionals from around the world with related work experience in the public and private sectors, international and non-governmental organizations, media, and academia.
Programme is formally accredited under the laws of the Republic of Austria, and in accordance with the European Bologna process. Programme graduates will receive a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Anti-Corruption Studies, which includes 120 ECTS credits and enables enrollment in Ph.D. Programmes. The language of instruction in the MACS programme is English. The deadline to apply for the MACS 2017 Programme is 31 May 2017.

Structure and Curriculum

The programme is comprised of seven modules and a master thesis. Each module includes a ten-day in-class session at IACA campus or other locations worldwide, as well as self-study phases before and after the session. Four modules are completed in the first academic year. Three modules and the Master Thesis are completed in the second academic year.

Fees and Scholarships

The overall programme fee is 28,820 EUR, payable in two instalments. This includes all teaching materials, catering, and shuttle bus service during the in-class sessions and excludes accommodation, travel, and any other expenses during the modules.
IACA offers a limited number of scholarships fully or partially covering the programme fee, travel and accommodation expenses. These scholarships are highly competitive. They are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDC), as defined by the United Nations, and citizens of other jurisdictions determined by the specific donor, including Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo, Palestinian Territories, Republic of Moldova, and the Carribean region.


Visit the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies Programme (MACS) page on the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chris Moll

4905.jpg If you are looking for a program that fuses international academic insights on multiple aspects of anti-corruption with practical hands-on accounts from all corners of the globe, stop here. I experienced the MACS as rich, rewarding and inspiring, due to the involvement of renowned academics and dedicated high-level practitioners from jurisdictions worldwide. It broadened my scope, it has served me professionally already. Highly recommended.

Chris Moll, The Netherlands

(Student Profile)

Ipyana Musopole

4906.JPG The quality of the material that I personally been exposed to in the last 2 modules is unmatched and the expertise that has been delivering the material is of high quality. Its a pity that this course can only accommodate a limited number of students and I know this is to facilitate better and effective learning and sharing of experience. As I indicated what I like about this course being someone who is engaged in anti-corruption work is that aside from the theoretical frameworks that are taught during the classes the knowledge is practical enough that it gives me tools and ideas that can readily be implemented and it has added great value in reshaping our approaches to fighting corruption.

Once more I thank IACA for giving me this opportunity through the scholarship to be part of this great experience. This is already making a difference on the ground in terms of what I do and also assisting me to help those who are under me do what they do better and more effectively. It has provided a basis upon which we can always ask questions as to why we are fighting corruption the way we are doing and ask ourselves whether what we are doing is the most effective way of doing it especially here in Malawi and also what we need to do to fight it better. This has become possible because of the theoretical frameworks that I have learned so far in the 2 modules. We will not be doing it by trial and error but armed with relevant theory and coupled with a proper understanding based on the experience we have had in the field so far.

I know there is still more to come and even what I have learned so far will continue to evolve as more and more pieces are put in place by the subsequent modules.

Ipyana Musopole, Malawi

(Student Profile)

Nitish Kumar

4907.jpg IACA’s Masters program in Anti-Corruption is a fabulous course. This course has enabled me to view corruption from the perspectives - I never imagined, existed. Apart from being exposed to the lectures by the best of academicians and experts from the field, cross-cultural interaction with the fellow students of MACS program from 18 nationalities is so enriching and profound - both professionally and personally.

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come! Indeed, it is an appropriate time for a worldwide war against corruption, in the view of seemingly unending global economic recession, strife in various parts of the globe and growing alienation amongst the global citizenry towards corruption.

I would urge everybody who intends to specialize in this emerging field of 'anti-corruption,' to undertake this very diverse and rich Masters program.

Nitish Kumar
Dy. Inspector General of Police
South Kashmir Range
Jammu & Kashmir, India

(Student Profile)

Archana Shastri

4908.jpg Participants from the corporate sector can benefit from the knowledge and skills gained through the MACS programme that can help them craft more effective compliance policies and trainings, and handle internal complianceinvestigations more skillfully to better contribute to the overall fight against corruption.”

Archana Shastri, Integrity & Compliance Officer-Asia, MTU Asia, Singapore

(Student Profile)

Malika Ait-Mohamed Parent

4909.jpg Because of the specific spectrum of knowledge made available to participants, the MACS is an opportunity to incubate innovative thinking. The programme also gives access to a unique worldwide network of experts via IACA’s alumni.

Malika Ait-Mohamed Parent, Under-Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Switzerland

(Student Profile)

Ady Macauley

4910.jpg The Masters of Arts in Anti-Corruption course I am pursuing at IACA has made my transition from the position of Chief Prosecutor to Chair of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Sierra Leone seamless. Not only has the course content been beneficial to me intellectually but also institutionally. I have been able to translate what I have learned at IACA into workable policies which guide my leadership decision making in the course of my work.

Ady Macauley
Chair, Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission


Entry Requirements

The admission requirements are the same for all candidates and include 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, compliance, governance, law, law enforcement, audit, journalism, and related fields. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English, must provide a certificate of proficiency in written and spoken English. IACA is committed to promoting diversity and strives to attract participants from various regional background. Application deadline for MACS 2017 class is 31 May 2017. Apply online at View Website

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