MAS ETH in Development and Cooperation (MAS ETH DC)

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland
The MAS Programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification or may lead to a change of profession. They correspond to at least 60 ECTS credits, require a Master’s thesis or project work and generally last between one year full-time and two years part-time.

Master of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Public Policy & Governance

The MAS ETH DC combines studies at ETH with an extended on-the-job training at an international organization, where students get to know the complex reality of development cooperation in the field.

Programme structure

Programme description

Graduated MAS students will have acquired an understanding of local and global development challenges as well as the tools and methods to find innovative solutions to address them. The programme focuses on strengthening both conceptual and theoretical skills, as well as developing analytical, practical and social competences necessary to successfully pursue a career in the development cooperation.


Preparation of postgraduate students for a career in development cooperation.

Professional perspectives

The MAS Programme qualifies graduates for a career in development cooperation and for research, policy, and industry positions with a focus on sustainable development.

Programme structure

  • Study semester: Courses on major issues of development and development cooperation
  • Project assignment (8 - 10 months): On-the-job training at an international organization abroad
  • Advanced training courses:  Block courses to deepen knowledge in methods of development cooperation and policy issues

    Tuition languages

    English: 100 %


    Master of Advanced Studies with the title ’MAS ETH in Development and Cooperation’ (MAS ETH DC)

    Credit points

    66 ECTS credits

    Target group and requirements

    Target group

    Postgraduates of all disciplines who are interested to start a career in development cooperation.


    A Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH or equivalent educational qualifications. Two-step selection process, assessing academic qualifications, practical experience and personal suitability for a career in development cooperation. Interviews: May 2020.

    Required language skills

    English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

    Examination languages

    German or English

    Time and place


    Autumn Semester 2022 (September)


    Approximately 20 months

    Application period

    1 January-28 February 2022 (Later applications are not accepted)


    ETH Zurich and a low or middle-income country during the project assignment.

    Tuition fee

    CHF 6,260 for the entire programme. The cost of the project assignment (return air ticket, on-site living cost, complementary insurance) are covered through SDC funding.

    Deregistration fee

    After 30 days upon admission: CHF 3000



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    Questions about the application

    ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-18.5, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

    Additional application documents

  • 2 references (address, phone, e-mail), concerning your academic and/or professional qualifications (no reference letters)
  • 1 essay in German or English with a max. of 1500 words. Please outline a topic currently discussed in international cooperation that deserves particular attention.
  • 1 motivation letter
    Please send all documents together with the application form to the School for Continuing Education.


    Programme management

    Prof. Isabel Günther und Dr. Fritz Brugger


    ETH Zurich, NADEL, Clausiusstrasse 37 (CLD), 8092 Zurich,
    Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 42 40, info [a] nadel[.]ethz[.]ch

    Responsible body

    ETH Zurich, D-GESS, NADEL - Center for Development and Cooperation


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