Academic Programmes

Master in
Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS)

The first global, postgraduate degree programme in anti-corruption and compliance.

2 years, part time, 120 ECTS credits.

Next class

Oct 2020 - Dec 2022

Application deadline

30 June 2020


  • Earn an internationally recognized Master of Arts degree with 120 ECTS credits while continuing your professional career
  • Develop your understanding of the manner in which corruption manifests itself and the surrounding social complexities
  • Gain interdisciplinary insights on corruption from experts in economics, political science, criminology, behavioural science, law, human rights, and compliance
  • Enhance your skills for identifying and addressing different types of corruption in diverse contexts by integrating theory and practice
  • Learn and implement global best practices in anti-corruption including measurement, policy framing, enforcement, and investigation
  • Strengthen your skills through methodologies and tools provided during workshops and the anti-corruption lab
  • Share and learn with peers from diverse sectors across the globe
  • Conduct intensive academic research under the supervision of international anti-corruption practitioners and scholars

and curriculum

Each of the seven MACS modules carries 14 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits, and the Master's Thesis carries 22 credits. The MACS degree therefore comes with a total of 120 ECTS credits, enabling enrolment into PhD programmes.

The MACS programme runs over two academic years with seven modules and a Master Thesis.

Each module has a two-week, in-class phase which takes place approximately every three months. Most of the in-class phases are at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria (Vienna area).

At least one in-class phase will be held at another location worldwide. Prior off-site classes took place in Brasilia, Brazil (in cooperation with the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil), Tbilisi, Georgia (in cooperation with the Georgian Ministry of Justice), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (in cooperation with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and in Washington DC, USA (in cooperation with the Wordl Bank Integrity Vice Presidency). Each module also has pre- and post-module self-study (distance learning) phases.

Four modules are completed in the first academic year.

Three modules and the Master's Thesis are completed in the second academic year.



  • Undergraduate degree, equivalent to a bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience or a proven history of academic research in areas related to anti-corruption and/or compliance, broadly understood
  • 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

and Scholarships

Programme Fee

The overall programme fee is 28,820 EUR, payable in two instalments. The programme fee covers teaching, including 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 MACS 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.


IACA offers a limited number of 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. These highly competitive scholarships are merit based and they fully or partially cover the programme fee.

Individual Sponsorship

Companies, organizations, and public-sector entities often provide financial support or grant educational leave to their employees to continue their education. IACA will work with applicants who have submitted their application in preparing a sponsorship proposal for their employers or potential donors.

Projected Costs

See the projected costs for the MACS 2020 programme here.


Bernardo Damm

Head of the Regulatory Affairs Office, FEMSA Mexico.

MACS 2017 - 2019 class

MACS is a program for people who have a passion about leaving a better world and at the same time people who want to make the most out of life, working and studying at the same time. Being in a classroom with 17 different nationalities is a unique experience by itself. The teachers are passionate about the topics and renowned worldwide. If you want to take the fight seriously, this is the place to be.

Musa Modoi

Advisor, Human Rights and Accountability, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Uganda.

MACS 2017 - 2019 class

IACA is a place where theory meets practice and people from different nations exchange cutting edge perspectives and experiences in anti-corruption. The learning environment is amazing. IACA, and particularly the MACS, is a prism of different approaches – a hub where global anti-corruption practice is interrogated and validated, and new approaches unveiled through critical thought and innovation. When it comes to anti-corruption programmes around the world, I know no better than the MACS.

Mirte van den Berge

Strategic Analyst / Deputy Head Intelligence Centre, Security and Integrity Management, ABN AMRO Bank.

MACS 2016 - 2018 class

The MACS programme has a solid structure, analysing corruption from all relevant angles. The programme is truly multidisciplinary and offers state of the art insights on fighting corruption through discussions with renowned academics and practitioners. The course has been highly relevant for my career. In my job I benefit a lot from the knowledge and international network I have developed during the MACS programme.

Nitish Kumar

Dy. Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir Range, Jammu & Kashmir, India.

MACS 2015 - 2017 class

IACA’s Master programme in Anti-Corruption is a fabulous course. This course has enabled me to view corruption from perspectives I never imagined existed. Apart from being exposed to the lectures by the best academics and experts from the field, cross-cultural interaction with fellow students on the MACS programme from 18 nationalities is so enriching and profound - both professionally and personally.


Michael Johnston

Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University, United States of America

The MACS programme at IACA offers young professionals and civil society activists from around the world a unique opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of corruption and the challenges of reform.

Mikhail Reider-Gordon

Director in the Global Disputes & Investigations practice at an international consulting firm

After a week of teaching, one comes away exhausted, but inspired and exhilarated - by the students’ passion for learning, collaborative mindset, and innovative approaches to a complex topic. Their optimism is infectious, and their courage is humbling when one learns of the obstacles many have confronted to even get to IACA.

Daniel Ming-Chak Li

Deputy Commissioner and Director of Operations (ret.), Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption

Fighting corruption is not simply a form of governance; it is a tool of governance upheld by responsible humanity. In the MACS programme, students learn the art and science of this important discipline. They are the steering force to a clean, fair, and just society.

Max Kaiser Aranda

Anticorruption Director, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO)

Corruption is a complex disease that erodes democratic governance. It requires first a comprehensive understanding, and then a holistic response. The MACS creates professionals with the capacity to understand the phenomenon and approach it in a creative and multidimensional manner.

MACS Class of 2017 - 2019

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