Studierende im Eingang der ETH

Comparative and International Studies (MACIS)

Why this program?

This Joint Master's degree program (University of Zurich and ETH) is offered by one of the leading political science research centers in Europe. With its strong emphasis on theory, methods, and research, the program serves as an excellent preparation for subsequent research leading to a PhD degree, or research-​oriented employment in the private or public sector. With small class sizes, MACIS students benefit from close student-​faculty interaction, and an intellectually stimulating environment.

What can I do with it later?

The master's degree program MACIS provides its candidates with analytical skills to excel in a research environment or any other professional career. Beside the strong focus on quantitative and qualitative research methods, the MACIS prepares you for communicating effectively in a interdisciplinary and multicultural environment and for solving problems to a tight deadline.

Approximately half of the students enter a PhD program at CIS or elsewhere upon graduation.The rest pursue careers in the private sector or in governmental institutions, as well as in international and civil society organizations.

Current main research areas

  • The Historical Origins of the Gender Gap in Political Representation and How Political Entrepreneurs Can Help Close It
  • Donors for Tax Compliance: Evidence from Africa
  • Feeling Represented: A New Approach to Measure How Citizens Feel Represented Through Representative Claims
  • Perceptions of Inequality and Redistribution among Legislators
  • Who Bears the Burden of Local Taxes
  • States, Markets, and Foreign Aid
  • Residential Constraints and the Political Geography of the Populist Radical Right
  • The Emergence of Coherent Political Choices from Incomplete Issue Preferences
  • Government Audits of Municipal Corruption and Belief Updating: Experimental Evidence
  • Party Cues and Public Support for Eurobonds: A Survey Experiment in Five Countries
  • Moralizing Immigration: The Use of Moral Rhetoric in Political Texts Across Time, Space, and Political Parties
  • Reporting on Climate-Change Action: Paris Agreement, Fridays for Future and the Framing in Public News Worldwide