MA in Comparative and International Studies

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The Master’s course at the CIS (Center for Comparative and International Studies) is a joint degree program of ETH Zurich and University of Zurich. CIS is one of the leading research centers for political sciences in Europe and offers a research-oriented degree program.

Research-oriented graduate program

With its strong emphasis on research, the program serves as an excellent preparation for subsequent research in various fields of politics, such as democracy, political violence, European integration, security studies and sustainable development.

This program offers a solid basis for both an academic career and scientific work in the private and public sectors.  


The course consists of five seminars in the core subjects, a research seminar, and elective courses. One semester is reserved for the Master’s thesis with a Master’s colloquium and presentation of the thesis.

The MACIS program takes three semesters (full-time) to complete. From autumn 2015, the duration of study will gradually be increased to four semesters. The language of teaching is English. For outstanding students, their Master’s degree may be the starting point for a PhD project.


The admission process is selective. Participation requires excellent completion of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from an internationally recognized university as well as English language competence.

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