MA Comparative and International Studies (MACIS) / ETH Zurich

MACIS is a research-oriented joint-master’s degree of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. This graduate program in political science is offered by the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS,, one of the leading political science research centers in Europe.

MACIS comprises 120 ECTS points and takes 4 semesters to complete. The curriculum concentrates on questions of democracy, political violence, political economy, and sustainable development. All courses are taught in English by a team of internationally renowned professors. With small class sizes, MACIS students benefit from close student-​faculty interaction, and an intellectually stimulating environment. Admission is on a selective basis. With its strong emphasis on theory, methods, and research, the program serves as an excellent preparation for subsequent research leading to a PhD degree, or research-​oriented employment in the private and public sector.