Academic Degree Programmes


Academic Recognition

IACA is fully recognized as an institution for post-secondary education. Its programmes and final diplomas are recognized within the European Higher Education Area (“Bologna process”) and by several other states.

Students of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies

IACA’s two Master’s programmes are designed for anti-corruption and compliance specialists, to enable them to study while continuing with their professional activities. The students come from a diverse range of geographic, sectoral, and academic backgrounds.

The Master’s in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) was introduced in 2012. This is the first global, postgraduate degree programme in anti-corruption and compliance. It caters to professionals from both the public and private sectors, international and non-governmental organizations, the media, and academia.

The International Master’s in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) was introduced in 2017 with a focus on building the capacity of business professionals to prevent and control corruption through effective compliance systems and collective action.

The duration of both MACS and IMACC Master’s programmes is two years. In addition to the module-based coursework, the students conduct intensive research and submit a final thesis or project, which they are required to defend. Each module combines distance learning, using an e-learning platform, with an on-site classroom session of up to two weeks. The majority of classes takes place at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria. MACS 2017 class had two modules taught in Malaysia and Georgia, respectively. The last module for the IMACC 2017 was taught in Basel, Switzerland.  

The MACS and IMACC degrees grant a total of 120 ECTS credits under the “Bologna process”, qualifying students for enrolment on PhD programmes.

22 programme fee waiver scholarships were granted to students from LDCs and nationals of states which are Parties to IACA, listed under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies, in each of the MACS and IMACC classes that were in progress during 2020, courtesy of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Master in Anti-Corruption Studies

MACS Students 2012 - 2020 by UN Regional Group

African Group31%
Asia-Pacific Group28%
Eastern European Group15%
Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC): 11%
Western European and Others Group (WEOG): 15%

The success of the MACS as an innovative, multidisciplinary degree programme, continued in 2019 with the graduation of the fifth class (2017 - 2019) on 6 December, ahead of International Anti-Corruption Day. The 2018 - 2020 class (sixth intake) completed four modules during the year, and the 2019 - 2021 class (seventh intake) was in Laxenburg, in November, for its first module.

IACA has welcomed students from 49 countries and jurisdictions for its seven MACS cohorts. They came from Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Yemen, Zambia, and Kosovo.

These students have included business executives, diplomats, investigators, humanitarian workers, compliance managers, senior military/police officers, auditors, government officials, prosecutors, academics, media representatives, staff from international and nongovernmental organizations, and officials from national anti-corruption agencies.

2020 – 2022 Class

The eighth MACS intake started their module 1 this year. This programme includes 17 students from 15 countries. This is the first iteration of this programme which is being delivered fully online with a combination of live lectures and self paced learning methods. The programme is built and delivered within the existing resources of the department.

Drago Kos

Visiting Lecturer


Meeting so many people different in age, geographical origin and culture but all sharing an unstoppable desire not only to learn about fighting corruption but also to do it in practice, is a privilege for every lecturer. This privilege becomes even greater after recognizing that only a few lessons connect these different people into a homogenous front against the evil of corruption.

Rajendran Kamalakkannan

India, MACS 2020 - 2022


As an Anti-Corruption professional with 25 years of experience, learning the nuances of Anti-Corruption and its economic impact is a dream come true for me. IACA’s approach in offering a diverse curriculum reflecting the different academic disciplines necessary for providing a deeper insight into the phenomenon of corruption while connecting to the latest trends in anti-corruption, like introducing emerging technologies in detecting corruption through big data and artificial intelligence, is stupendous

Anita Mankhambo

Malawi, MACS 2020 - 2022


My initial reaction to the online delivery of the MACS 2020 was one of apprehension and doubt as to its effectiveness. But IACA proved me wrong! I am able to engage fully with fellow students, IACA staff, and expert lecturers. The programme has equipped me with vast knowledge, skills, and networks to help me in my quest of combatting financial crimes. I highly recommend IACA's MACS programme as it allows me to put theory into practice.

2019 - 2021 Class

The students of the seventh MACS intake were on campus in February, attending the second module. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the next three modules, Modules 3 – 5, were changed to be fully online. The programme includes 16 students from 12 countries.

Moniek Hutten

Netherlands, MACS 2019 - 2021


After more than five years of practical experience in the field, a more scientific approach to combatting corruption is a great addition to my knowledge. Learning from very experienced and well-known professors, as well as from all the capabilities of my classmates, makes the MACS a unique programme. The multidisciplinary approach on corruption makes the programme interesting to follow for two years; in some modules I can use my background to add something to the sessions, in others I can learn a lot from the skills and knowledge of others.

Nassir Ahmed Haji

Republic of Tanzania MACS 2019 - 2021


The MACS course is a rigorous and intensive programme of study. I was particularly impressed by the breadth of material covered and the highly effective use of practical exercises to embed learning. The students are exposed to teaching of the highest calibre and from a broad spectrum of experts. The MACS class of 2018 - 2020 were an incredibly diverse group of dedicated and skilled professionals from all over the world. They worked incredibly hard during each Module and would return home exhausted but it was clear to see that this programme was already making a difference to their professional lives. They were all excited and expectant about future opportunities once they had conclude the course. It was a delight and an honour to be part of the teaching faculty on this flagship and premier programme of study.

2018 - 2020 Class

IACA’s sixth intake completed their last two modules in 2020. Module 6 took place in January, on campus, and module 7 was converted to an online format, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Students completed their Master’s thesis and defended it in November/December. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the defence and graduation of this programme was conducted virtually. The programme includes 16 students from 12 countries.

Alexander de Jaeger

Belgium, MACS 2018 - 2020


The IACA MACS programme allows its students to study corruption from many different angles. During the last ten months, I acquired extensive knowledge through rich interactions with excellent professors, anti-corruption practitioners and fellow students from all over the world. MACS offered me the possibility to take some distance from the everyday professional hustle and to equip myself with a empirical approach to fighting corruption and improving good governance.

Vincent Opyene

Uganda, MACS 2018 - 2020


As a wildlife crim law enforcement activist, I was looking for a customized professional training programme which had a combination of theoretical and practical approaches to fighting corruption, and IACA is the only place that offered both, provided by expert professors. The student community at IACA is so diverse in terms of both professional background and national origin. IACA also put me in touch with other professionals who are engaged in the fight against corruption, who are always willing to offer advice on different aspects of corruption.

International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action

The IMACC provides students with the tools to implement global best practices within domestic and transnational regulatory frameworks, for both private and state-run businesses. The first IMACC 2017-2019 class graduated on 6 December 2019.

2020 – 2022 Class

The third intake of IMACC started their module 1 in 2020. This programme includes 21 students from 19 countries. This is the first intake of this programme which is delivered fully online with a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning materials. The programme is built and delivered within the existing resources of the department.

Eduardo Nunes

Brazil, IMACC 2020 - 2021


Being part of IACA was a dream come true. It has been a unique experience where I have had the opportunity to have a solid learning structure, in a multicultural environment, focused on fighting against corruption. It was incredible how the institution got prepared for conducting the course entirely online, with such strong academic and technical support, that made me feel part of the campus, even though I was far from it. Highly qualified teachers promoted reflections and activities that enabled students to continuously understand corruption phenomena and the global challenges to fighting against it. It is a rigorous, inspiring, enriching programme that made me feel more empowered in my professional career.

Valerie M. Nambeye

Zambia, IMACC 2020 - 2021


Being at IACA has broadened my understanding of the subject of corruption and its negative effects on economies worldwide. The IMACC programme has also given me an opportunity to interact with other students and to understand the diverse methods employed in curbing corruption in other countries across the globe. Further, the IMACC program has been insightful and increased my depth of knowledge of the negative effects of corruption. In addition, I have learnt how to identity red flags to possible corrupt activities by actors in both the public and private sectors. The tremendous effort made by IACA staff in ensuring continued learning in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot go without mention. It has been a great honour to be part of this journey thus far! I look forward to contributing to the fight against corruption.”

2019 – 2021 Class

Students of the second IMACC intake were on campus in February, attending the second module. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the next three modules, Modules 3 – 5, have been converted to an online format. The programme includes 15 students from 12 countries.

Joseph Ssekabira

Kenya, IMACC 2019 – 2021 student


It am already two modules into the IMACC progamme and it is such a wonderful experience being a part of the IMACC 2019 class, which is a diverse group of international students from across five continents. Students include professionals with work experience from both the public and private sector. Everyone shares their different experiences during the in-class modules; this diverse pool of experience plays into the in-class debates and it has helped me to conceptualize and comprehend the different subject matters better. The academic team comprises of enthusiastic professors and lecturers who are industry professionals with wide-ranging experience on anti-corruption compliance and collective action. Lecture room delivery allows for in depth correlation of the different theories with practical cases and trends in the fight against corruption, from across the globe. It is enjoyable and though my work life is quite fast paced, the IMACC programme has allowed me the flexibility to do lots of personal reading and research on the study topics as part of the pre-module and post-module assignments. I am excited and already applying the knowledge acquired from IMACC thus far, as I continue serving my clients.

Salome Chapeyama

Malawi, IMACC 2019 – 2021 student


Being part of the IMACC 2019 programme at IACA has been quite an enriching experience, both personally and academically. The IMACC class is an interesting series of intellectually stimulating debates and discussions on anti-corruption compliance and collective action. I have enjoyed being part of amazing group of intellectuals from diverse backgrounds but sharing one common interest, ‘fighting corruption collectively.’

Open online courses

In November 2020, IACA launched a series of open online courses, in different languages, to help professionals build their skills even during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and restrictions.

This instructor-led series of open online courses with various self-paced learning materials include quizzes, assignments, video lectures, interactive live lectures, and community discussion forums. They range from 3 to 6 weeks and are currently available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. More training courses in other languages are being prepared.

These online courses are offered in various formats. They are designed to make learning easy and accessible, enabling learners to enhance their knowledge according to their own schedule and at their own pace. Their objective is to produce learning opportunities for working professionals, whether seeking to enhance their skills or start a new career.

The courses are taught by IACA Faculty, as well as renowned anti-corruption and compliance practitioners and academics. Upon completion, learners will earn an IACA certificate in the course training language.


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