Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS)


Program Description

About the Programme

IACA is the first international organization and educational institution to offer a global, postgraduate degree programme in anti-corruption and compliance: the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS). The MACS brings together professionals from around the world with related work experience in the public and private sectors, international and non-governmental organizations, media, and academia.


Structure and Curriculum

Each of the seven MACS modules carries 14 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits, and the Master Thesis is worth 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 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (in cooperation with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and Brasilia, Brazil (in cooperation with the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil). Each module also has a pre- and a post-module phase.

Four modules are completed in the first academic year. Three modules and the Master Thesis are completed in the second academic year.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

Submit an application online along with the required documents and the payment of the 100 EUR application fee.

Fees & Scholarships

The overall programme fee is 28,820 EUR, payable in two instalments. This includes all teaching materials, catering, and shuttle bus service during the in-class sessions and excludes accommodation, travel, and any other expenses during the modules.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of 100 EUR must be paid by all applicants, including those who apply for a scholarship. The application fee is paid by bank transfer only.


IACA offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships to highly qualified candidates from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as defined by the United Nations.

A full scholarship covers the MACS programme fee and travel and accommodation expenses. A programme fee waiver scholarship covers only the programme fee. Both types of scholarships are highly competitive and merit-based.

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.

Student Testimonial

“The standard of the material is unmatched and the academics and experts are of high quality. The knowledge gives me tools and ideas that can readily be implemented and it has added great value in reshaping our approaches to fighting corruption.”

Ipyana Musopole, Principal Corruption Prevention Officer, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Malawi, MACS 2014 - 2016 class

“Because of the specific spectrum of knowledge made available to participants, the MACS is an opportunity to incubate innovative thinking. The programme also gives access to a unique worldwide network of experts via IACA’s alumni.”

Malika Ait-Mohamed Parent, Former Under-Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Switzerland. MACS 2014 - 2016 class

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