Master in Comparative and International Studies

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The four-semester Master of Arts in Comparative and International Studies (MACIS) is a research-oriented graduate program of the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS). The MACIS curriculum combines comparative and international Political Science as a way of teaching students about the complex interrelationships between national, international, and transnational political processes.

The course devotes particular attention to methods, theory, and research-oriented work. As such, the MACIS should also be seen as a preparatory step to a doctorate. Around 20 of the national and inter- national applicants are selected each year.

Program & Curriculum

The MACIS programme totals 90 ECTS credit points. The points are allocated as follows:

Requirement Credit Points ECTS
5 Core Seminars 40
1 Research Seminar 8
3 Elective Courses 12
MA Thesis (incl. MA Colloquium & Conference Presentation) 30
Total 90

A look at the core curriculum (without electives):

Term I Term II Term III
Core Seminar
Methods I:
Research Design
& Qualitative Analysis
Core Seminar
Methods II: Quantitative
Master Colloquium
Core Seminar
Political Violence
Core Seminar
Political Economy
Master Thesis
Core Seminar
Research Seminar
(offered by individual research groups)
Conference Presentation

Who May Apply

You may apply for admission to the MACIS program if you have completed the following:

  • BA, BSc, or equivalent first degree at an internationally recognized university;
  • Swiss Lizenziat/Licence

You may be admitted to the program without additional prerequisites if:

  • Your first degree (or equivalent) is in one of the following social sciences: economics, political science (including Staatswissenschaften and public administration) or sociology
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