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.

Modules 1 of IMACC and MACS 2021

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.

IACA’s master’s programmes and postgraduate courses are designed for anti-corruption and compliance specialists to enable them to continue their professional activities while studying. The students come from a range of professional areas, regions, and academic backgrounds.

The Academy’s first postgraduate degree in Anti-Corruption was created in 2012. Since then, the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), has welcomed nine cohorts of professionals, coming from the public and private sectors, non-governmental and international organizations, academia, and the media.

In 2017, the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) was launched and has since welcomed four cohorts. This is the first international postgraduate degree focusing on compliance and collective action in the business sector.

The Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy was introduced in 2021 in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. This unique programme emphasizes anti-corruption with an international and transnational perspective and provides professionals currently working, or aiming to work, in the international arena with the tools needed to tackle corruption in the diplomatic sphere.

The duration of the MACS and IMACC master’s programmes is two years and MACD is run over an 18-month period. The workload is mixed, with module-based coursework and the opportunity to conduct intensive research to submit a final thesis or project. The modules, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, have been delivered online since 2020. This was facilitated by the redesign of the methodologies and the use of e-learning tools with live sessions taking place remotely. Moreover, the defence and graduation for the MACS and IMACC 2019 students were held via an online session.

Since the inception of the three master’s programmes, IACA welcomed students from 79 countries. In 2021, we received 45 new students across the three courses of study. They are experienced professionals working, among others, as business executives, diplomats, investigators, humanitarian workers, compliance officers, senior military/police officers, auditors, government officials, prosecutors, lawyers, academics, journalists, inspection officers, staff from international and non-governmental organizations and officials from national anti-corruption agencies.

In 2021, 25 programme fee waiver scholarships were granted to participants from the least developed countries and participants from countries under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies. These scholarships were granted thanks to the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

In its constant quest for innovation, addressing new trends, and enhancing its presence in new regions, IACA began preparations for launching the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies and Compliance - MACC (In Spanish). It will be an 18-month master's degree in a hybrid format, with online and face-to-face activities. The programme will start in 2022. will fulfill the goal of reaching a broader audience to meet the demand for anti-corruption education, in this case, in the Spanish-speaking world.

MACS, IMACC and MACD Students 2012 - 2021 by UN Regional Group

African Group32%
Asia-Pacific Group27%
Eastern European Group16%
Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC): 11%
Western European and Others Group (WEOG): 14%

The Anti-Corruption Collective Action Certificate was launched in 2021. It has a strong focus on implementing collective action in order to prevent and combat corruption. Two Post-Graduate Diplomas were also designed in Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Whistleblower Protection Systems and Techniques.

Master in Anti-Corruption Studies

The MACS degree programme, in its innovative and multidisciplinary nature, has continued to be a success and the seventh cohort of students graduated (2019 - 2021) on 9 December, on  International Anti-Corruption Day., The graduation ceremony was held remotely. This class completed two modules, their thesis, defence and graduation in 2021. The 2020 - 2022 class (eighth intake) was held online, and students completed 4 modules.

2021 – 2023 class

The ninth MACS intake started its first module in 2021. This programme includes 18 students from 13 countries. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the programme is being delivered fully online with a combination of live lectures and self-paced learning methods.

Samuel Oyimafu Asimi

Nigeria, MACS 2021 - 2023


As a staff of Transparency International (TI) Nigeria who has been working on anti-corruption-related issues, my MACS journey at IACA provides a valuable theoretical understanding of anti-corruption that I can apply in my day-to-day tasks. This alongside the lectures from the most experienced anti-corruption lecturers complements my practical experience. Further, IACA has helped improve my academic research skills, which in addition to my grey research knowledge, has made me a very good researcher. Finally, the seamless delivery mode of the lecture has helped me as a working professional balance work with school while maximizing my time.

Adolores Guimarães

Mozambique/Portugal, MACS 2021 – 2023


Corruption is a problem that is common to all countries in the world. It is a phenomenon with so many nuances that often it happens that one might not know how to recognize it. When I joined IACA’s Masters in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), I only associated corruption with bribery. As I started gathering more information, I understood that although corruption has been widely discussed in the past few decades, there’s still an urgent need to educate citizens on this topic. For instance, people need to learn that favouritism isn’t just a way to help those closest to you, it’s a form of corruption. Citizens can’t complain about corruption and perpetuate it at the same time. All in all, studying at MACS helped me to analyze my country’s context with a new lens. Now, I am extremely excited to be able to debate and support the various people with whom I interact to understand the essence of corruption.

2020 – 2022 Class

The eighth intake of the MACS class continued, with modules two to five being completed. Module six had begun in 2021 also. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course was fully online from the enrollment of the students, with no on-campus sessions. It was delivered with a combination of self-paced learning methods and live lectures online. The programme consists of 17 students from 15 countries.

Ina Kubbe

Frequent Visiting Lecturer


IACA is an amazing place where people from around the world come together to learn, debate and research corruption which is one of the most challenging problems in our world. I am proud to be part of this vibrant community that tries in such diverse, creative, intellectual ways to improve the lives of so many people suffering from dishonest and immoral actions. Students at IACA receive high-quality education on the topic with a strong focus on different theoretical, empirical, and methodological perspectives and approaches that are "hands-on" and can be thoughtfully implemented in our daily lives.

Hamad F Alsubaiei

Saudi Arabia, MACS 2020 - 2022


Recognizing the important role that Academia plays in the fight against corruption, as outlined by G20 countries, IACA sat with 40 individuals with extensive expertise in the field of combating corruption from G20 countries, & related IOs on a round table meeting, where they came up with a set of recommendations provided for the Ministers responsible of fighting corruption in their first-ever G20 Anti-corruption Ministerial Meeting. Therefore, I encourage anti-corruption bodies, civil society, and the private sector worldwide to benefit from IACA’s programs to build their knowledge in the fight against corruption.

2019 - 2021 Class

The seventh group of MACS students, 2019 - 2021, completed their final two modules in 2021. Module 6 took place online in January and Module seven in April. They then completed their Master’s thesis and defended it remotely. The programme included 16 students from 11 countries.

Adam Graycar

Frequent Visiting Lecturer


IACA brings together so many interesting people. They come from many countries, many backgrounds, and many organizations. Teaching such a diverse group is a great privilege for me, for in groups in which there is great diversity, ideas that come forward reflect that diversity. We learn best when different perspectives form part of our education, and IACA excels in providing an environment in which knowledge is transferred, and ideas are challenged.

International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action

The International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) was designed to provide professionals from the private and state-run business sectors the tools to implement tools and best practices against corruption. The first IMACC 2017-2019 class graduated on 6 December 2019 and since then there have been three new cohorts of students from across the globe.

2021 – 2023 Class

The fourth intake of IMACC students started their first module in 2021. This programme includes 15 students from 13 countries. The programme is fully delivered online with a combination of live lectures and self-paced learning materials.

Fabian M. Teichmann

Frequent visiting faculty


It is a true pleasure to teach the IMACC students. Our class discussions usually lead to valuable insights. Many students share personal experiences from their home countries. Hence, it is possible to teach truly interactive classes without compromising the course content.

David Dominguez

United States, IMACC 2021- 2023


The IMACC program has enhanced my knowledge and perspective of anti-corruption compliance and collective action from a theoretical and equally, or perhaps more important, a practical way. The program has exposed me to a wide range of useful tools, measures, and approaches to address compliance and I have already implemented several of these in my job. IMACC is truly a global, diversified program due to its multidisciplinary approach and the variety of participants and lecturers. I have expanded my network with professional colleagues with various backgrounds and with world-renowned professors, lecturers, and practitioners from around the globe. Without a doubt, enrolling at IACA’s IMACC program has been one of the most rewarding experiences academically and professionally.

Nik Azmir Nik Anis

Malaysia, IMACC 2021-2023


The IMACC course doesn’t just cover big corruption theories and is not merely philosophical academics, it forces students to prepare group and individual assignments at the operational level to ensure an IMACC graduate is really fit to be a catalyst of change to fight corruption. This has inspired me at a personal level to think at which intervention can I be of service to help improve my country in fighting corruption. I am hoping to be able to introduce collective action as a tool in my country and have been talking to peers and civil society organizations. I hope by the end of the program, I would already be part of that movement that makes a difference.

2020 – 2022 Class

The third intake of the IMACC class began their sixth module of the course, after completing modules one to five throughout 2021. Similarly, to MACS 2020-2022, this was the first fully online iteration of the IMACC programme due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a combination of online live sessions and self-paced learning materials. This programme includes 21 students from 19 countries.

Eduardo Nunes Da Silva

Brazil, IMACC 2020 - 2022


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, which 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.

Edmond Reed

Liberia, IMACC 2020-2022


Firstly, appreciation goes to IACA for the opportunity accorded. It is a dream come true. My understanding of corruption has increased to a professional level, approximately 80% out of 100%. My knowledge has increased to a professional level in analyzing, assessing, and reducing corruption. The approach to combating corruption has changed automatically; I have been talking to my fellow professional colleagues about the negative impact of corruption and how to avoid it. The program has personally impacted my life. I carried out awareness of corruption in my community and among my friends.

2019 – 2021 Class

Students of the second IMACC intake completed their studies online in 2021, after completing two modules on campus in 2019.The remaining courses were rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then students completed their Master’s thesis and defended it online in November. They graduated alongside the MACS class on Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2021. The programme included 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.’

Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy

The International Anti-Corruption Academy, in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), launched a Master's in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy. This Master’s course brings together the two disciplines of anti-corruption and diplomacy, from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The first cohort of students (2021 – 2023 class) started their first module in November 2021. The programme is a combination  of campus-based sessions in Geneva and online sessions run by IACA. The class brings together 12 students from 12 different countries

2021 – 2023 Class

Students of the second IMACC intake completed their studies online in 2021, after completing two modules on-campus in 2019.The remaining courses were rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students completed their Master’s thesis and defended it in November online. They graduated alongside the MACS class on Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2021. The programme included 15 students from 12 countries.

Carey CB-Lamontagne

Canada, MACD 2021 - 2023


After studying conflict with UNITAR, the study of corruption with UNITAR and IACA fit together seamlessly. This master in anti-corruption (MACD) is a rare opportunity for me to be able to coordinate the cause and effect of conflict with the cause and effect of corruption, identify new strategies, and attempt to build the bridge between the two using diplomacy as the method. With so many global needs being prioritized, navigating my industry, oil and gas, has become chaotic. This holistic understanding of corruption and diplomacy permits us to remain focused and on task while constantly advancing our commitment to support a sustainable, peaceful world.

Fernando Marques

Angola, MACD 2021-2023


From the first moment I became aware of MACD I knew it was the appropriate tool I needed to improve my professional performance and knowledge of diplomacy and corruption. Interestingly, MACD has positively surprised me regarding the high level of lectures and its scope that goes far beyond the aforementioned theme. For example, it has been amazing to attend the Conference of State Parties of UNCAC and clearly understand the various nuances of corruption and align it with the academic perspective or study cyber matters while I am currently involved in political negotiations on the future related international convention. It's fantastic!!”

Post-Graduate Degree Programmes

To further train professionals and provide them with technical knowledge through executive programmes, IACA adopted a new approach to learning with the delivery of postgraduate certificates. 

Anti-Corruption Collective Action Impact Centre – ACA Certificate

The Anti-Corruption Collective Action Impact Centre is designed to provide educational services, promote research, and foster the practical implementation of Collective Action initiatives. Through its flagship programme, the Anti-Corruption Collective Action Certificate (ACA), the Centre will promote the practical implementation of Collective Action based on a tailored methodology and close guidance. The ACA Certificate is a one-year programme worth 30 ECTS credits.

It offers two interdisciplinary online modules that concentrate on concepts and applied perspectives for preventing and countering corruption through Collective Action. Participants will also implement anti-corruption Collective Action projects, enhancing the knowledge and skills gained from the classes/training, under continuous guidance and support of IACA.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Anti-Corruption Enforcement

This part-time online course is the first of its kind in the field of Anti-Corruption Enforcement, as a one-year diploma, it offers an extensive curriculum that covers the behavioural, social, anthropological, and cultural study of corruption-related crime. It also focuses on the legal and regulatory framework and international cooperation that are used in fighting corruption. The nexus between corruption and other forms of crime, and various investigating corruption and enforcement tools and techniques are also explored in this diploma.

Open online courses

In 2021, 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 ranged from 3 to 6 weeks and were available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

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

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

Altogether 18 training courses with a total of 252 participants were carried out in 2021. The training courses held include Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Anti-Corruption and Compliance measures, AML/CFT and Anti-Corruption Compliance: Comparative Aspects and Practical Implementation, Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement, Mutual Legal Assistance, Anti-Corruption Compliance and Business Courtesies (Working with Governments), and Research and Writing in Anti-Corruption among others. A detailed list of trainings and number of participants follows.

The 252 participants were from 43 countries


Course name 

Start Date

End Date

Number of participants 


Leading for Impact: Ethical Frameworks for Anti-Corruption Compliance Professionals





Corporate Internal Investigation Techniques (English)





Anti-Corruption Compliance and Business Courtesies (Working with Governments)





AML/CFT and Anti-Corruption Compliance: Comparative Aspects and Practical Implementation (English)





Anti-Corruption Compliance Management in Corporate Sector: The quest for Effectiveness (English)





A Value-Based Compliance Programme and Developing Code of Conduct





La lucha contra la corrupción: Enfoques y herramientas para diferentes sectores





Behaviorally Informed Interviewing Techniques





Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement





Effective Government Auditing: anti-Fraud and Corruption





Mutual Legal Assistance





Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Anti-Corruption and Compliance measures





Research and Writing in Anti-Corruption





Corporate Internal Investigation Techniques 2 (English)





Business, Human Rights and Anti-Corruption





Anti-Corruption Compliance Management in Corporate Sector: The quest for Effectiveness 2 (English)





Successful Strategies and Best Practices in Whistleblower Casework: Defense, Investigations and Resolution





 Normativa Empresarial y Compliance







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