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


Program Description

About the Program

The International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) program is the first master’s program specially designed for anti-corruption compliance and collective action professionals involved with the business sector. It is a practical, comprehensive answer to the ever-evolving regulatory environment and rising demand for specialized skills. The two-year program enables participants to upgrade their expertise and add value to their companies and organizations, while continuing to work, by:

  • implementing best practices in anti-corruption and compliance
  • identifying and mitigating various types of risks
  • initiating and managing collective action
  • conducting internal investigations
  • doing business based on the highest ethical standards.


Structure and Curriculum

IACA’s IMACC is a two-year program consisting of six modules and a final project or thesis. There is also an optional premaster’s course. Four modules are completed in the first academic year, followed by two modules and the final project or thesis in the second year. 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 optional pre-master’s course (offered at no additional charge) is designed to create an effective learning environment and enable all students to successfully participate in the program. The IMACC degree comes with a total of 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), enabling enrolment into PhD programs if desired. 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. IACA programs and their final diplomas arerecognizedin the sense of the EU's Bologna Process.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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 Procedure

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 program.

Fees & Scholarships

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

  • First instalment: 18,590 EUR due by 1 December 2018
  • Second instalment: 15,210 EUR due by 1 November 2019

The program fee covers teaching, teaching materials, catering, and shuttle bus service during the in-class sessions. It does not cover travel, accommodation, or any other expenses during the modules.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of 100 EUR shall be paid by all applicants, including those who apply for a scholarship.


IACA offers a limited number of scholarships for students from Least Developed Countries as defined by the United Nations. These highly competitive scholarships are merit based and fully or partially cover the program fee, travel, and accommodation expenses.


IACA is offering discounts on the IMACC 2019 programme fee. For more information, please visit


"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 program in anti-corruption compliance and collective action. The curriculum for this program 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".

Michael Hershman, Co-founder of Transparency International andChairperson of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board

"Since its foundation, IACA's broad interdisciplinary orientation has been one of its great strengths. This has led to the design of programs that reach beyond disciplinary boundaries, placing IACA at a competitive advantage compared to many other programs 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."

Johann Graf Lambsdorff, Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Passau, Germany

"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 program that joins theory to practice. "

Klaus Moosmayer, Chief Compliance Officer, Siemens AG

Last updated Jun 2018

About the School

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is an international organization based in Laxenburg, Austria. It is the first global institution of its kind, dedicated to overcoming current shortcomi ... Read More

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is an international organization based in Laxenburg, Austria. It is the first global institution of its kind, dedicated to overcoming current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption and seeking to empower professionals for the challenges of tomorrow. Read less