The breadth of topics covered by CIS-based scientists is reflected in the variety of degree programs. CIS faculty members teach courses for students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.
BA in Political Science:
Student body: students enrolled at the University of Zurich
Degree-granting institution: University of Zurich
BA in Public Affairs (Staatswissenschaften):
Student body: professional officers of the Swiss armed forces
Degree-granting institution: ETH Zurich
The CIS Graduate School offers programs for obtaining an MA, MAS, or PhD degree:
MA in Comparative and International Studies (MACIS):
This degree program combines the study of Comparative
Politics and International Relations. Its student body is largely international.
All courses in this program, which takes three semesters of full-time study to
complete, are taught in English.
MA in Political Science:
This degree program covers all areas of political science (Comparative
Politics, International Relations, Public Policy, Swiss Politics, Political
Economy, Political Theory). It takes four semesters of full-time study to
complete and is largely taught in German.
Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Development and Cooperation:
This program provides training in the field of cooperation
with developing countries and transition countries. In addition to two
semesters of full-time study in Zurich,
it includes an 8-10 month project assignment. Courses are largely taught in
MAS in Security Policy and Crisis Management (MAS-SPCM):
The MAS-SPCM is a part-time program tailored to the needs of
senior executives wishing to enhance their knowledge of security policy and
develop their crisis management skills. Courses are taught in English.
Entry into the CIS PhD program is contingent on holding an
MA or MSc degree and on obtaining the agreement of a CIS professor to serve as
main advisor. Obtaining a PhD takes 3-4 years of full-time work, including educational
activities and research for the dissertation. The PhD degree is awarded either
by ETH Zurich or the University
of Zurich, depending on
where the main advisor is based.
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|Program||Description||Prerequisites||Length of Study|
|Master of Arts in Comparative and International Studies (MACIS)||
A research-oriented program that integrates the fields of comparative and international politics through a specialized set of courses. With its strong emphasis on methods, theory and research, the program serves as an excellent preparation for further academic work at the doctoral level.
A BA, BSc, or an equivalent degree
from a recognized university; completion of at least 12 credits ECTS in
political science, economics or sociology; proof of English proficiency. Note:
competitive selection process.
3 semesters (full-time)
Master of Arts in Political Science (University of Zurich)
MA program in political science, whereby students will specialize in a chosen sub-field. A substantial part of the program is the writing of a high-quality MA thesis in the student’s area of specialization.
|A BA, BSc, or an equivalent degree in political science (120 credits ECTS) from a recognized university; German language proficiency.||
4 semesters (full-time)
Master of Advanced Studies in Security Policy and Crisis
Part-time degree program tailored to the needs of
senior executives wishing to strengthen and develop their security policy
expertise and crisis management skills.
A university degree and a minimum of five years of
executive leadership experience; proficiency in English and German
18 months (part-time), including 16 weeks of classroom
instruction structured over 6 blocks; 560 hours individual preparation and
examinations; 600 hours for thesis.
MAS in Development and Cooperation, NADEL
|Postgraduate program providing training in the field of cooperation with developing countries and countries in transition.||An MA or equivalent degree in any discipline; German language proficiency||
2 semesters of coursework (full-time) and a 8 – 10 month project assignment if applicable
degree with emphasis on the writing of a doctoral dissertation. Students also
attend courses in their field of specialization.
An MA or equivalent university degree
||3 – 4 years (full-time)|
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