Comparative and International Studies
Specialised Joint Master Programme

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The CIS Master's degree (MA CIS) is obtained following a research-oriented graduate program in political science, offered by the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS), one of the leading political science research centers in Europe.


This MA program 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.

Who may apply?

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

  • BA, BSc (180 ECTS) or equivalent first degree at an internationally recognized university
  • Disciplines: Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, Business Studies, Law

Specific course requirements

You must have completed substantial course work (20 ECTS) in the following fields:

  • at least 8 ECTS in Methods and Statistics (including linear regression)
  • at least 12 ECTS in the areas of International Relations and Comparative Politics. A maximum of 6 ECTS may be substituted by courses in related areas such as Political Economy, Political Sociology, Political Geography, Political Psychology and Public Policy.


Credits ECTS: 120
Degree and title: Master of Arts UZH ETH in Comparative and International Studies

Detailed information about the Master’s degree programme:
Comparative and International Studies

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