|Upcoming Programmes - Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS)|
The application period is now closed.
The Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) is a part-time programme designed for working professionals who wish to remain fully employed while pursuing their degree. MACS students will have the opportunity to study in a participatory environment, among a group of motivated and committed individuals.
CLICK HERE to listen to the audio file from MACS’ launching event of 30 November, featuring a MACS participant and four anti-corruption experts.
Programme Objective: The MACS will enable professionals in managerial or leadership positions to become better-acquainted with the intertwined manner in which corruption manifests itself, and the social complexities surrounding it. The participants will be provided with the necessary skills and tools so as to better understand and contribute to the fight against corruption and take preventive measures to this effect in their own environment. They will have the chance to develop a strong network of professionals that will assist them both during and after their studies.
During the first academic year, the programme will consist of a series of multi-disciplinary core courses that provide participants with a strong foundation of fundamental theories on corruption, combined with academic research methodology. During the second academic year, the programme will focus on courses that provide participants with practical strategies in countering corruption. Additionally, participants will be required to complete their thesis for which supporting courses will be offered.
The MACS curriculum has been consulted with and is supported by major international stakeholders from all sectors.
Module III is delivered in cooperation with the Basel Institute on Governance.
Module VI is delivered in cooperation with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
Structure: The MACS runs over a period of 24 months. It consists of seven intensive, two-week modules taking place in three-month intervals at the IACA campus and in other locations worldwide. This will amount to a total of 70 classroom days. This is a format that allows for maximum learning opportunities within a compact amount of time.
The MACS will enable individuals to take part in the programme while maintaining their current professional careers. It combines distance learning with in-class modules using a three-tier modular structure (pre-, core- and post-module), ensuring effective knowledge transfer and the immediate applicability of content.
Courses will be carried out through lectures, case studies, interactive games, group work and stakeholder discussions, and will strive to identify best practices. All modules will be complemented by panel discussions, excursions, or special events.
Participants: The MACS aims to bring together practitioners and executives from all regions of the world, with a minimum of three years of working experience in, among others, the private or public sector, international, non-governmental or civil society organizations, as well as media representatives and academics with a proven history of academic research in the areas of anti-corruption.
Degree: Participants will receive a Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Anti-Corruption Studies, formally accredited by the laws of IACA's seat state in accordance with the European Bologna Process.
Programme Fee: The programme fee, payable in two instalments every 12 months, is 24,700 EUR. The first instalment, 12,350 EUR, has to be paid before the start of the first module. The programme fee includes all teaching materials and catering during the in-class modules. Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by the programme fee. IACA will be happy to assist participants in finding accommodation.
Scholarships and Grants: IACA seeks to offer, on a competitive basis, a limited number of MACS scholarships fully or partly covering the programme fee, travel and accommodation expenses, for selected participants from Least Developed Countries (LDC).
In addition, IACA offers a limited number of merit-based MACS grants, covering part of the programme fee, to promote academic excellence. Participants who can demonstrate a record of outstanding achievement can apply for such grants.
Location: IACA campus, Laxenburg, Austria. One module will take place at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Language of Instruction: English
Start and Application Deadline: The MACS will start in December 2012 with a launching event. The first pre-module (self-study phase) will take place in January 2013, with the first core module (in-class) scheduled for February 2013. The application process has opened on 16 July. The last day to apply has been changed to 26 October 2012.
MACS courses will be taught by additional renowned academics and executive practitioners from various fields and from around the globe.
For more information on how to apply, click here.