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Key information
University International Anti-Corruption Academy
Country Hybrid, Austria, Switzerland
Learning mode Blended, Online
Pace Part-time
Duration 18 months
Tuition fee 17,900 EUR
Application deadline(s) October 31, 2023
Official Website Click here

The United Nations Institute of Training and Research and the International Anti-Corruption Academy are excited to announce that our Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD) is returning for its second year on 7 November 2022. This Master is specifically designed for future leaders of the world who are interested in fighting systemic corruption. In-career students can expect 18 months of intensive and rewarding courses from world-renowned leaders in anti-corruption and diplomacy studies.

Fighting corruption was incorporated as the fifth target of Sustainable Development Goal 16, “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institution”, bringing it to the forefront of international attention. As a result, anticorruption knowledge and skills have become increasingly sought after and valued by employers around the world, especially those at international organizations.

This master’s degree is a career programme offering a wide range of interdisciplinary modules, from self-study modules using Learning Management Systems to campus-based interactive lectures and virtual live lectures.

Networking within a truly international learning environment is at the core of the programme. The in-career students come from diverse backgrounds of diplomacy and anti-corruption studies. The summer study visit module offers the opportunity to come together in-person in the capital of multilateral diplomacy, Geneva in Switzerland, with a week of courses at UNITAR Headquarter as well as the Palace of Nations.

The graduation ceremony will take place at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna.

Target Audience

The MACD programme is designed for those holding at least an undergraduate degree who are interested in studying under some of the world’s most renowned experts in anti-corruption and diplomacy in a participatory and unique international environment. Participants should take advantage of their fellow motivated and committed students in order to deepen their understanding of anti-corruption and diplomacy and add value to their respective careers, organizations and societies.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the Master ‘s Programme, students will be able to:

  • Better understand and comprehend the nexus between diplomacy and anti-corruption;
  • Contribute to the prevention of and the fight against corruption;
  • Develop, strengthen and use research, drafting and analytical skills;
  • Interact with and develop a strong network of international professionals who can assist them both during and after their studies;
  • Apply acquired skills, knowledge and tools in their respective careers and fields of work.


The programme offers a unique, blended learning experience with remote and face-to-face learning methods in Geneva, Switzerland, the capital of multilateral diplomacy. The programme utilizes a variety of learning approaches including lectures, case studies, interactive sessions, group work, and stakeholder discussions to identify best practices in anti-corruption and diplomacy. In addition, MACD modules are complemented by expert talks on anti-corruption and diplomacy topics.

Admission requirements

  • To be considered during the application process, applicants must be fluent in
  • English, possess a valid passport, and have already completed an undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants must apply by 31 October 2022. Applicants with any further questions are encouraged to contact diplomacy@unitar.org.

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Email: diplomacy@unitar.org
Phone: +41(0)22 917 84 00

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