Master of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C)

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The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Development and Cooperation offers students an inspiring environment in which they can acquire an understanding of local and global development challenges as well as the tools and methods to find innovative solutions to address them. The program combines studies at ETH with experiential learning at an organization working in international cooperation, providing students with the theoretical background and practical experience necessary to successfully pursue a career devoted to more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable societies.

The Master of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation welcomes students from all disciplines: from the humanities to natural sciences, from social sciences to engineering.

The next MAS cycle (2018-2020) starts in Autumn 2018.
The application period is 01.01.2018 - 28.02.2018.

The two-year program consists of the following three parts:

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Autumn semester

During the first semester (September – January), students acquire a broad understanding of development challenges, opportunities, and policies. The courses are typically a combination of lectures and workshops, which allow for intensive discussion. 25 ECTS credits

On-the-job training

During the on-the-job training (March – December) students are exposed to the complex realities of international cooperation and gain professional experience in this environment through an ongoing project. This on-the-job training is financed by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). 25 ECTS credits

Spring semester

During the second semester (February – May), students deepen their knowledge on methods and policies by attending six block courses (of 3-5 days) on topics of their choice. Students also have the option to complete the block courses on a part-time basis within 2 years. Additionally, they finalize a policy essay during this semester. 16 ECTS credits

Further information about the MAS program and courses can be found here (PDF, 3.6 MB).

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