Academic Degree Programmes

Academic Recognition

IACA is fully recognized as an institution of post-secondary education. Its programmes and their final diplomas are acknowledged in the sense of the European Higher Education Area (“Bologna process”).

Students of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies

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

The International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) was introduced in 2017 with focus on building capacities of business professionals to prevent and control corruption through effective compliance system and collective action. The first IMACC class graduated in December 2019.

The duration of both master’s programmes is two years. In addition to the module-based course work, 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 in Malaysia and Georgia respectively. IMACC 2017 class had its last module in Basel, Switzerland.   

The MACS and IMACC degrees grant a total of 120 ECTS credits under the European Higher Education Area (“Bologna process”), enabling enrolment into PhD programmes.

A number of 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 2019, courtesy of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Master in Anti-Corruption Studies

MACS Students 2012 - 2019 by UN Regional Group

African Group26%
Asia-Pacific Group29%
Eastern European Group17%
Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC): 8%
Western European and Others Group (WEOG): 20%

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 the 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 come 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, 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, to name a selection.

2018 - 2020 Class

IACA’s sixth intake completed four modules during the year, and includes 16 students from 12 countries.

Pablo Montes

Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO)

STUDENT

The MACS program has everything the anti-corruption professional needs. Direct access to knowledge from world-renowned academics every in-class session. Diverse case study experience from the interaction and stories of fellow students of different nationalities. Important networking opportunities with anti-corruption leaders all over the world and a multidisciplinary focus that allows you to step out of your comfort zone to learn to approach corruption from many different angles. All of it while having the opportunity to keep on working and helping tackle corruption back home. Simply the best choice if you want to learn from the best in the field.

Lloydette Bai-Marrow

Anti-Corruption & Economic Crime Lawyer, UK

FACULTY

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 concluded the course. It was a delight and an honour to be part of the teaching faculty on this flagship and premier programme of study.

2019 - 2021 Class

IACA’s seventh MACS class was on campus in November for their first module, and includes 16 students from 12 countries.

Moniek Hutten

Technical Consultant at FIOD, Anti-Corruption Centre, Netherlands

STUDENT

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

Head of Legal Department and Asset Recovery at the Zanzibar Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Authority

STUDENT

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.

Sophie Bilinsky

Financial Crime Compliance Practitioner in the Global Banking Sector, Australia

STUDENT

The IACA MACS program is unique. I know of no other anti-corruption degree that is comparable to it elsewhere in the world. The Master’s program is genuinely international and much specialised. The students are experienced practitioners from a diverse range of fields connected with anti-corruption and come from many countries around the world. The Academy itself is both an educational institution and an international body, and has the ability to attract and draft in both leading professors and international practitioners. This diversity in both the teaching staff and the student body, combined with the expertise and dedication of the IACA staff, make IACA a truly stimulating academic environment for understanding and addressing corrupt practices globally.

Prem K. Gautam

Deputy Inspector General, Central Bureau of Investigation, India

STUDENT

The MACS programme at IACA provided me with a unique opportunity to analyse corruption from different perspectives, where anti-corruption laws and best practices from various parts of globe are learnt, discussed and debated in an amazing learning environment in the company of highly qualified and motivated anti-corruption professionals under the guidance of renowned and best academicians/subject matter experts. An inspiring, enriching and truly international anti-corruption course!

International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action

The IMACC, which began in 2017, is IACA’s master’s degree for business professionals working in the fields of anti-corruption compliance and collective action. It 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.

IACA has welcomed students from 18 countries for its two IMACC cohorts. They come from Afghanistan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, India, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Nigeria, Slovakia, Spain, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.

The classes included compliance officers, anti-corruption practitioners, auditors, lawyers, and government officials, among others.

2017-2019 class

Ján Králik

General State Counselor, International Law Department, Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic

STUDENT

IACA provides a unique chance to participate in lectures of experts with various backgrounds from all over the world on various topics related to anti-corruption compliance and collective action. I work as a civil servant, hence I greatly benefited mainly from knowledge gained concerning development of code of ethics and codes of conduct, as public sector can draw here inspiration from vast experience of private entities. I would say that corruption does not differ between borders and has a cross-border element. IMACC has also allowed me to enhance my professional network and make friends for life. In this context I would say that IACA connects people. If to highlight one quote, it would be: IACA is a global hub that helps people to change the world for the better, through effective fight against corruption by facilitating cooperation. IACA is certainly one of the most important hubs bringing together experts from all over the world who join their forces in the fight against corruption. Thanks to the anti-corruption compliance and collective action knowledge obtained I enhanced my drafting and presentation skills and from the knowledge obtained I am also able to contribute to the development of anti-corruption policies in Slovakia, most recently the development of code of ethics for civil servants.

2019 – 2021 Class

The second intake of the IMACC class started with their studies in October, and the group was at IACA campus for the first in-class session in early November 2019. The class consists of 15 students coming from 12 countries.

Martim Della Valle

Independent arbitrator based in Brussels, Lisbon and São Paulo, specializing in commercial disputes

FACULTY

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.

Amitabh Prasad

Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Principal Director of Commercial Audit & Ex Officio Member Audit Board IV, India

STUDENT

IMACC is a comprehensive course as it not only provides innovative approaches to mitigating corruption but also enables developing robust compliance systems thereby reinforcing the collective effort to establish a corruption free world.

Salome Chapeyama

Legal and Compliance Manager, Reunion Insurance Company Limited, Malawi

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 intellectuals from diverse backgrounds but sharing one common interest, fighting corruption collectively.

Mahesh Kokalaki

Younnovation Global LLP, India

STUDENT

Being from technology background, I set to work at the intersection of anti-corruption laws and technology in the year 2016. Analysis of developments in global Anti-Corruption landscape over last couple of decades reveals that an effective Anti-Corruption Compliance program functions like heart of a multi-national corporation for building an enduring company by attracting talents & investments and in-turn increasing share-holders’ value. Aware of these facts, followed by research to find the best institution in the world, I zeroed down to IMACC program in IACA. Probably, IACA is the only place on earth where one can experience such diversity of insightful thoughts from world-class professors, vigilant civil servants and sharp private practitioners. Without a second thought, I recommend IMACC program to any mid-level professional, who always wants to stay relevant in any business for rest of his/her life.

Joseph Ssekabira

Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Limited, Nairobi, Kenya

STUDENT

It is already two modules into the IMACC and it is such a wonderful experience being a part of the IMACC 2019 class, which is a diverse group of international students coming from across five continents. Students include professionals with work experience from both the public and private sector. Everyone shares from the different experiences during the in class modules; this diverse varsity pool of experience plays into the in-class debates and it has helped me conceptualize and comprehend the different subject matters better. The academic team comprises of enthusiastic professors and lecturers who are industry professionals with varsity 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 geographies. It is enjoyable and though my work life is quite fast paced, the IMACC programme has allowed me 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.

Renata Schmerling

Former Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, Brazil

STUDENT

I am concluding the second trimester of the IMACC program at IACA and it has been an amazing journey. Further to the stimulating and challenging remote activities, every trimester we have remarkable and inspiring classes lectured by renowned Professors and meet classmates with diverse professional backgrounds and cultures and have high-level debates, share different perspectives and concerns, and networking. IACA also excels in providing a friendly and inclusive environment. It is amazing how fast IACA promotes team spirit among the students! I am proud of that and it only happens because of IACA’s faculty and staff members and students. IACA is a special place. It is a unique experience and I am looking forward to the next modules!

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