Master of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C)
The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Development and Cooperation offers students who already have a Master’s degree 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 two-year program is bilingual (German and English), multidisciplinary, and policy oriented. Students must be fluent in German and English in order to succeed in the MAS. The program starts every second year in the fall semester. It consists of the following three parts:
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)
During the on-the-job training (February – January) 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)
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)