Master Degree Programmes

Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD)

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25 Sep 2023 – Jun 2025

Application deadline

Scholarship Applications: Closed on 30 June 2023
Self-payers deadline: Applications Open






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The Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD) is a modular postgraduate academic degree programme delivered over 18 months, in a mixture of campus-based and online (live interaction) classes, jointly by UNITAR and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). Designed as an in-career programme, MACD has a compact structure and covers two disciplines, namely, anti-corruption and diplomacy. The programme offers a series of interdisciplinary modules which concentrate on concepts and practical tools for preventing and countering corruption, and diplomacy.


The MACD programme offers a rigorous, diverse, and innovative anti-corruption and diplomacy curriculum. It reflects a variety of academic disciplines necessary for providing comprehensive insight into corruption, anti-corruption, compliance systems, and diplomacy. Students and their employers benefit from both the academic and practitioner focus of the programme.


Participants will acquire a total of 90 ECTS in subjects and cross–cutting themes relating to economics, behavioural science, ethics, law, compliance, diplomacy, international law, digital and cyber diplomacy, as well as essential skills for an international career such as negotiations, leadership, effective writing, public speaking and stakeholder coordination and engagement. Programme delivery is campus-based and virtual live interaction, with the first module taking place at the UNITAR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, ensuring effective knowledge transfer and the immediate applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired. The programme is completed with the successful submission and defence of a master’s thesis for which a supporting course in research methods is incorporated into the modules. The master’s thesis defence in this programme will take place online. Upon successful completion of the master’s thesis defence, the graduates will visit IACA’s campus, in Laxenburg, Austria, and attend their graduation ceremony, organized by IACA.


The programme offers a unique, blended learning experience with remote and face-to-face learning methods. The programme utilizes a variety of learning approaches including lectures, case studies, interactive sessions, group work, and stakeholder discussions to identify best practices in anti-corruption and diplomacy. In addition, MACD modules are complemented by expert talks on anti-corruption and diplomacy topics.

Targeted Audience

The MACD programme is designed for those holding an undergraduate degree who intend to avail an opportunity to study under some of the world’s most renowned experts in anti-corruption and diplomacy, in a participatory and unique international environment, and within a group of motivated and committed individuals in order to deepen their understanding of anti-corruption and diplomacy, and hence adding greater value to their respective careers, organizations and societies.


Programme Fee

EUR 17,900

The programme fee covers teaching, including teaching materials and ICT, and supervision and thesis defence. All other arrangements and associated costs, not covered by the above stated fees, such as, travel, medical insurance, accommodation and subsistence for the graduation ceremony, are the Student’s responsibility.
Fees can be paid in three instalments. Students are recommended to plan their payments in advance and to consult the admissions and finance office for any payment related questions.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for the Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy, candidates must be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national identity cards and have completed an undergraduate degree. 

To apply please complete the online application form attaching the following documents:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your passport
  • a copy of your bachelor degree certificate in English
  • motivation letter
  • proof of English Language Proficiency
  • a copy of your academic transcript in English
  • a copy of a professional photo
  • 100 EUR application fee (non-refundable)
  • Salary statement, payslips, or tax return (if applying for a scholarship, check eligibility).

After reception of those documents, your application will be carefully considered. 


Admission is granted on a rolling basis. However, early application is recommended given the limited number of places on the programme. 

For further information on the admission process, please refer to the UNITAR website.

A non-refundable application fee of 100 EUR shall be paid by all applicants. Application fee payments can be made below.


Before applying please read the application guidelines.


IACA offers a limited number of partial scholarships for students from Least Developed Countries as defined by the United Nations, and for citizens from IACA State Parties, listed under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies, funded by Siemens Integrity Initiative, Third and Golden Stretch Funding Round. These highly competitive scholarships are merit based and they partially cover the programme fee.

Scholarship applicants are encouraged to plan well in advance for the remaining fee payment not covered by the scholarship. 


The Master programme has a total duration of 18 months, with 25 - 32 contact hours per week.

International Anti-Corruption Academy

Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria  |  T: +43 2236 710 718 101

© 2023 IACA. Developed by IACA.

Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria  |  T: +43 2236 710 718 101

© 2023 IACA. Developed by IACA.

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