Academic Programmes

International Master
in Anti-Corruption Compliance
and Collective Action (IMACC)

Our specialized master’s programme for business professionals in these fields.

2 years, part time, 120 ECTS credits

Next class

Oct 2020 - Dec 2022

Applications deadline

30 June 2020


  • Earn an internationally recognized Master of Arts degree with 120 ECTS credits while continuing your professional career
  • Deepen your knowledge of business sector anti-corruption compliance and collective action using ethics, law, economics, behavioural sciences, forensics, and management studies
  • Implement global best practices in anti-corruption and compliance within domestic and transnational regulatory frameworks, for both private and state-run businesses
  • Enhance your skills in identifying and mitigating various types of risks, and conducting internal investigations
  • Strengthen your practical skills through methodologies and tools provided during the compliance labs
  • Share and learn with business sector peers from across the globe
  • Develop new ideas for initiating and managing collective action initiatives against corruption
  • Contribute to your organization and sector through a practical expert-guided final thesis or project

and curriculum

IACA’s IMACC is a two-year programme consisting of six modules and a final project or thesis.

Each module has three phases: pre-module, an in-class session, and post-module (see Module Structure). Intensive in-class phases (either seven or ten days) allow for maximum learning opportunities within a condensed period of time. Classes take place approximately every three months at the IACA campus in Laxenburg, Austria (Vienna area) and, for study visits, possibly other locations worldwide.

The IMACC degree comes with a total of 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), enabling enrolment into PhD programmes if desired.

Four modules are completed in the first academic year, followed by two modules and the final project or thesis in the second year.

IACA is recognized by the Republic of Austria (the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy, acting in its capacity as ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA) as an institution of post-secondary education (in accordance with art. 51 para. 2 subpara. 1 of the Universities Act 2002 – UG, BGBl. I no. 120/2002, and art. 4 para. 4 of the Universities of Applied Sciences Studies Act – FHStG, BGBl. no. 340/1993, as amended). IACA programmes and their final diplomas are recognized in the sense of the EU's Bologna Process. Additional information on recognition is available here.



  • Undergraduate degree, equivalent to a bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of work experience in compliance, collective action, anti-corruption, law, audit, or related fields, in the private or public sector
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Admission Process

Submit an online application along with the required documents and the payment of the 100 EUR application fee (non-refundable).

Guidelines for application

Participants are selected taking into account their professional and academic experience. IACA is committed to promoting diversity and strives to attract participants from various professional backgrounds and geographical areas. Bringing together diverse perspectives and practices to better learn about and tackle corruption is essential to the quality of the IMACC programme.

and Scholarships

Programme Fee

The IMACC programme fee is 33,800 EUR, payable in two instalments:

  • First instalment: 18,590 EUR
  • Second instalment: 15,210 EUR

The programme fee covers teaching, teaching materials, supervision and thesis defence, catering and refreshments during coffee breaks on class days, and transportation organized by IACA between accommodation designated by IACA and the class venue. All other arrangements and associated costs, not covered by the above stated fees, such as, travel and accommodation, medical insurance/treatment, and subsistence during studies are Student’s responsibility.

In some countries and jurisdictions, educational expenses can be tax deductible. Please check with your national tax authority.


Under the Preferential Treatment Scheme for IACA Parties contributing to the general budget of the organization, IACA is offering different preferences related to member states contributions to the IACA general budget.

IACA will offer the following discounts on the programme fee for the IMACC 2020:

  • 10 %  for nationals of Armenia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nigeria
  • 15 %  for nationals of Malaysia, China
  • 15 %  for registered IACA Alumni
  • 20 %  for nationals of Hungary, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Russian Federation

This scheme remains valid until revocation. It may be modified or superseded by later schemes at any time. More information can be found here.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of 100 EUR shall be paid by all applicants, including those who apply for a scholarship. See Guidelines for the Application Procedure for payment information.


No more scholarship applications are being accepted for the IMACC 2019 programme.

IACA offers a limited number of scholarships for students from Least Developed Countries as defined by the United Nations, and for citizens from IACA Member States, listed under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies. These highly competitive scholarships are merit based and they fully or partially cover the programme fee.

Projected Costs

See the projected costs for the IMACC 2020 programme here.

Lecturer Experience

Richard Bistrong
Richard BistrongCEO, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC

One of the challenges of anti-corruption compliance and thought leadership is that there are many points of engagement and inspiring perspectives, but they are globally dispersed. IACA has bridged those gaps by bringing together academic, business and compliance leaders from across the globe. Students come to the Academy from the private sector, public policy, NGO, and other fields to enhance their own approaches to anti-corruption and compliance. In this setting, learning is a two-way street, and classes are an exchange of viewpoints, ideas and experiences between students and lecturers from all over the world.

Heike J. Boehme
Heike J. BoehmeQualified attorney, Chief Operating Officer

Teaching hinges on teaching both content and skills. I want my students to develop a holistic approach of addressing corruption risks: to understand the legal bases and to make connections with people, to understand the reasoning for their actions. I share my broad practical experience from a legal advisory and in-house perspective, from the industry and the NGO sector. But good teaching also depends upon intellectual exchange - the interactions with professionals of diverse backgrounds at the IMACC classroom offer exactly that!

Michael Hershman
Michael HershmanCo-founder of Transparency International and Chairperson of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board

The International Anti-Corruption Academy once again demonstrates its innovative approach to ethics and good governance by announcing the start of the new master’s degree programme in anti-corruption compliance and collective action. The curriculum for this programme is designed for compliance and ethics professionals who want to increase their knowledge in areas such as best practices in compliance, ethics, risk management, internal investigations, and collective action.

Johann Graf Lambsdorff
Johann Graf LambsdorffProfessor of Economic Theory, University of Passau

Since its foundation, IACA's broad interdisciplinary orientation has been one of its great strengths. This has led to the design of programmes that reach beyond disciplinary boundaries, placing IACA at a competitive advantage compared to many other programmes around the world. The new IMACC master’s degree continues this tradition and promises to be a strong contribution to anti-corruption as well as an excellent opportunity for those seeking a career in anti-corruption in the private sector.

Klaus Moosmayer
Klaus MoosmayerChief Compliance Officer, Siemens AG

In today’s rapidly changing world of regulatory complexity, the importance of values that openly and honestly live up to a culture of Responsible Business Conduct is now more relevant and significant than ever before. Fighting corruption and misconduct can never be tackled in silos, but rather through building alliances with companies, governments, and NGOs to enable level playing fields, and sustainable and fair market conditions. This is “Collective Action”. The International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) offers compliance and anti-corruption professionals a unique opportunity to sharpen their skills and stimulate Collective Action thought leadership through a programme that joins theory to practice.

Andy Spalding
Andy SpaldingProfessor of Law, University of Richmond

One of the challenges of anti-corruption compliance and thought leadership is that there are many points of engagement and inspiring perspectives, but they are globally dispersed. IACA has bridged those gaps by bringing together academic, business and compliance leaders from across the globe. Students come to the Academy from the private sector, public policy, NGO, and other fields to enhance their own approaches to anti-corruption and compliance. In this setting, learning is a two-way street, and classes are an exchange of viewpoints, ideas and experiences between students and lecturers from all over the world.

Impact stories

Ján Králik

General State Counsellor, Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic, Slovakia

IMACC 2017 - 2019 class

The International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action is a truly unique course. Its main benefit lies in the fact that lectures are provided not only by the most renowned international academics, but also by practitioners of various professional backgrounds. This enables participants to look into topics from various perspectives, engage in very interesting discussions, and apply the obtained knowledge immediately to daily work activities.

Monde Sikopo Magolo

Head of Forensic Investigations – Rest of Africa, ABSA Group Limited, Zambia

IMACC 2017 – 2019 class 

Having started on IACA’s IMACC in November 2017, I must say that the wealth of knowledge and skills in anti-corruption compliance for the corporate sector I have so far gained from some of the world’s most renowned professors, faculty staff, and the reading material is immeasurable. Each Module allows students to experience the divergent spheres of anti-corruption compliance. Personally, the workshops and Compliance Labs have been my favourites, as they provide students with the requisite hands-on experience in various areas of anti-corruption compliance. It is an honour for me to be a part of the inaugural IMACC class and I have no doubt that my decision to embark on this journey of studying at IACA is one which will bring added value to many.

Wesley Mwafulirwa

Partner, John Tennyson and Associates, Malawi

IMACC 2017 – 2019 class

The MACS programme has a solid structure, analysing corruption from all relevant angles. The Studying at IACA was the best academic decision I ever made. The Academy brings in the best lecturers in the field and the learning environment is also excellent! IACA staff members are also very supportive. With modern learning tools, there could not have been a better place for me to do my post-graduate studies than IACA!

Rohit B. Shrestha

Freelance Compliance Expert, Kathmandu, Nepal

IMACC 2017 – 2019 class

The IMACC has not only given me insight on the roots, natures, and intricacies of corruption; but also, remedial compliance and collective action skills and tools to fight corruption. The IMACC has been a source of knowledge, confidence, and motivation for me to contribute to the efforts of academics, professionals, and national and international institutions to fight the genetics of corruption.

Katuna Sinyangwe

Manager, Internal Audit, Financial Intelligence Center, Zambia

IMACC 2017 - 2019 class

The IMACC programme provides an environment for critical learning, debate, and exchange of ideas on anti-corruption compliance. I’m always inspired by the academic staff’s willingness to share their knowledge and experience. To me, through the IMACC programme, IACA is developing an army of anti-corruption compliance experts equipped with cutting edge knowledge and skill to make a difference in the world.

Celine Peng

Ethics & Compliance Officer, United Technologies Corporation - Otis, China

IMACC 2017 – 2019 class 

The IMACC programme has been a memorable and valuable experience as it gives me the opportunity to meet professors at the top of the compliance field and classmates of diverse cultural backgrounds. This is a place where we are able to not only apply theory to the real world through a hands-on approach, but enjoy the freedom of exchanging vibrant and different ideas to develop a global mind-set. I’m proud of being a part of the IACA family and motivated to explore the best practices in combating corruption.

Maricarmen Meléndez Pineda

Deputy General Director, National and International Affairs, Financial Intelligence Unit, Mexico

IMACC 2017 – 2019 class

The IMACC programme has allowed me to experience the harmony among different cultures and ideologies, the encounter with illustrious lecturers, the challenge that motivates the fight against corruption, the knowledge that inspires leaders, and the creation of unbreakable bonds of friendship.”

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