A Five Star Department

What Our Alumni Say

Zainiddin Karaev (PhD 2001-2004)

Operations Officer, State and Peacebuilding Fund, the World Bank

"For me, experience at CEU and Budapest has been transformative in every way. CEU offered enabling learning environment"

Maximilian Spinner (2007, PhD)

Foreign Policy Department of the Federal Chancellery, Berlin

“For me CEU was a very intense and enriching experience, both academically and personally. "

Armin Haeberle (MA 2004-2005)

Head of Corporate Development
Frankfurt Business Media - Part of the F.A.Z. Publishing Group, Frankfurt, Germany

"CEU was a great experience for me. While the academic level was really demanding, the atmosphere was always friendly and the support and interaction with the professors and university staff a real pleasure. "

Juliane Sophie Stein (MA 2012-2014)

Researcher, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Science

"One of my major motivations for choosing CEU's Department of Political Science was the attractive combination of excellence in teaching and research on the one hand, and the good range of scholarships on the other. "

Olga Victorovna Smirnova (MA 2001-2002)

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University

"My life can be divided into before and after CEU. This was a truly transformative year for me as a student of Political Science."

Anna and Dave McKeever (MA 2011-2012)

Anna is MA student at University of Lausanne, while Dave is PhD candidate at University of Ulster

"We studied together on the Political Science MA program and married two years after meeting for the first time. CEU education, the outstanding staff, the resources at the department, and the intense workload (there is no point in pretending otherwise) change people"

Benedek Kurdi (MA 2012-2013)

PhD candidate, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"The curriculum of the Political Science MA program at CEU offers a reasonably broad and, at the same time, in-depth introduction to the social sciences. "

Aliya Abbasi (MA 2012-2013)

PhD candidate, University of Queensland

"Every day spent at CEU was full of learning, challenges, opportunities, motivation and a sense of achievement"

Batlang Seabo (MA 2012-2013)

Lecturer in Political Science, University of Botswana

"Studying at CEU, in the Political Science department, is indeed a rare privilege that will potentially open up opportunities for me in the future, particularly for my career in research. It is a life-changing experience, an investment in my future."

Andrej Nosko (IRES MA 2005-2006, PhD 2013)

Program Manager Open Society Foundations

"To succeed in the current world, you need transferable skills, which will enable you to succeed in many walks of life. "

Stela Garaz (MA 2004-2005, PhD 2005-2012)

Program Officer at Roma Education Fund, Budapest

"CEU contributed greatly to my professional growth due to its committed faculty, access to a great variety of resources, and high quality of teaching."

Daniel Horn (MA 2003-2004, PhD 2004-2010)

Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

"CEU is a true academic and intellectual community. Meeting people from all around the world and contrasting approaches from all around the scientific spectrum helped me to develop personally as well as academically."

Grigorii Golosov (MA 1993-1994)

Professor of Political Science, Project Director, Center for Democracy and Human Rights Helix, St. Petersburg

"I spent the 1993-1994 academic year at CEU Pol Sci Department, then newly formed. Academically, the time spent was more than worth it"

Peter Bajomi-Lazar (MA 1995-1996, PhD 1997-2004)

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations,University of Oxford

"My years as an MA and a PhD student at CEU's Department of Political Science have taught me that social scientists have a certain responsibility toward society, and they have to do their best to help open and free societies develop in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe."

Annamaria Orban (PhD 1999-2003)

Associate Professor, Vice Dean, Scientific and International Affairs, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

"The CEU PhD program helped a mother of two kids near 40 to speed up her academic carrier… "

Evgeni Evgeniev (MA 2000-2001, PhD 2001-2007)

Associate Professor at VUZF University, Bulgaria
Private Sector Development Specialist, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank, Sofia, Bulgaria

“CEU is a meeting place for people of different cultures, knowledge and experience. "

Mano Toth (MA 2010-2011)

PhD Candidate, Department of Politics, and International Studies, University of Cambridge

"My time at CEU was very rewarding. Engaging in thought-provoking debates expanded my vision and allowed me to go beyond the rather top-down learning experience of my undergraduate years"

Jennifer Yip (MA 2010-2011)

Community Services Officer, UNHCR, Armenia

"CEU has allowed me develop my capacity in many ways. The activities organized on and off campus made me more socially active and the courses more academically-driven. "

Miles Maftean (MA 2010-2011)

PhD candidate in Political Science (Political Theory track), Central European University

"My experience at CEU led me to develop a whole different idea of what learning actually is - it isn't simply obtaining and retaining truth and justifying this truth, but understanding what truth means to all different groups of people around the world"

Winne Ko (MA 2010-2011)

Marie Curie PhD Training Fellow, EURO IMPACT End-of-life Care Research Group, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

"CEU is truly global and the 10 month experience not only filled up my intellectual capacity, but also changed my way of thinking about the wider world"

Yuliana Palagnyuk (MA 2003-2004)

Head of the Jean Monnet Department, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Policy and Management, Institute of Public Administration, Black Sea Petro Mohyla State University in consortium with “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

"CEU was a wonderful experience as it helped me to grow both professionally and personally. "

Endre Danyi (MA 2002-2003)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

"The Central European University is all about transformation and movement. It is about the fascination with the ways in which societies, places and practices transform – sometimes slowly, sometimes overnight."

Emilia Lubenova (MA 2007-2008)

Marketing Specialist, Prime Capital Management, Bulgaria

"CEU and my Budapest experience are very precious to me, I will always keep them in my heart. You helped me to be what I am now - I feel young and successful and it is sure that you contributed a lot to this feeling of mine"

Sule Chousein (MA 2006-2007)

PhD Candidate, Atatürk Institute on Modern Turkish Studies, Bogazici University

"I regard my one year MA experience at the CEU as the best experience of my life. CEU is indeed a unique home which blends academic excellence with her truly dedicated, friendly and professional academic staff with equally exceptional students from all over the world."

Mariana Sireteanu Gustavsson (MA 2000-2001)

PhD candidate in Political Science, Linköping University, Sweden

"Looking back I can describe CEU as a great meeting place for people, for different cultures, knowledge and experience"

Hairong Lai (PhD 2003-2008)

Executive Director, China Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories

"Central European University opened up a new world of research in political science to me."

Peter Stamatov (MA 1995-96)

Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Visiting Professor, Comparative Sociology Group, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

"I remember the year I spent at CEU as an exciting time of exposure to ideas and people new to me"

Peter Vagi (MA 2002-2003)

Senior Policy Expert, OECD/SIGMA, Paris, France

"Studying at Central European University was one of the greatest journeys of my life. Being a Hungarian myself, it was also a great experience to explore my home city, Budapest together with foreigners from all over the World"

The Department of Political Science at Central European University (CEU) is announcing a call for applications for graduate studies in political science. This year 31 full-package MA and 10 full package PhD scholarships will be distributed! Master level studies can be pursued in the framework of both one-year and two years long programs.

CEU’s Political Science Department has been ranked as one of the best political science departments in Europe for the fourth time consecutively in May 2013. Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) annual survey placed CEU’s political science and international relations program as 42nd, which at CEU is represented by the Department of Political Science, the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and the Department of Public Policy. With a ranking of 42, CEU came in above Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, City University of Hong Kong, and University of Oslo, among others. The ranking also equates to the No. 12 spot in Europe. The survey considered 2,000 institutions worldwide, of which 700 were evaluated and 400 ranked. Since 2004, the QS World University Rankings have placed universities in an order of merit through a detailed evaluation of their academic standing, quality of teaching, publications, and research citations.

The Department also received five stars from the prestigious Center for Higher Education Development (http://www.excellenceranking.org/eusid/EUSID). 52 Universities have been selected into this “excellence” group and besides our department, only three other departments from the region made it onto the list. The departments were evaluated on ten dimensions and the best ones received “stars”. Our department received five stars, toping 41 universities. This publication sends the message that CEU is one of the best in Europe in Political Science.

The Department has about twenty international residential faculty members. Next to the core faculty, courses are given by distinguished recurrent visiting professors from The European University Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Trinity College Dublin, Duke University, Cornell University, London School of Economic, University of Siena, University of Virginia, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, etc.).

The Department is unique within Europe with a curriculum that covers almost all areas of political studies. We have a strong concentration of courses in fields like comparative politics, political economy, political theory, voting, parties and elections, political communication, European Union and postcommunist politics. With original scholarship, basic and applied research, and creative instructors, graduate work at the department attracts an outstanding selection of ambitious and qualified students from throughout the world. The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Political Science is 5:1.

The Political Science Department is particularly well embedded in a dense network of first rank American and European departments through bilateral agreements, Erasmus contracts and through an exclusive club of PhD programs that provides possibilities for networking, conferences and external supervision for graduate students. The University supports the work of the students with scholarships, accommodation, and financial support for field work as well as funding for conferences and summer schools. The department collaborates with the following research centers at CEU: the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, the Center for Media and Communication Studies, the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracy

 

Career Paths 

A Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired a solid background in political science and political economy, political theory, and social science research. Alumni of the department continue their career in higher education, politics, political analysis, the media, civil service, international NGOs and research organizations, business, government, and other related areas. Graduates who wish to further their studies elsewhere typically enroll in the doctoral programs of leading European and US universities. Additional information on CEU graduates’ career paths is available at: http://alumnicareer.ceu.hu/profiles

 

The University 

CEU is a graduate, research-oriented university. It has an extremely diverse student body (coming from more than 100 countries), composed of future opinion leaders and academics. It is situated in the heart of Budapest, a cosmopolitan European capital with all of its historical and cultural virtues. The language of instruction and communication is English.

 

The Master Programs:

Master of Arts in Political Science (One-year Program) 

The program offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum in theory and research methods of contemporary political science. Specializations include a variety of fields such as: politics and economics of democratization in a comparative perspective; political culture; international development; comparative and European politics; current issues in the theory and practice of constitutional democracy; political theory; political sociology and political economy. US standards in research and teaching are harmonized with the diverse needs of an international student body.

 

Master of Arts in Political Science (Two-year Program) 

The two-year program specifically addresses the needs of students who have a three-year study background in political science (or a related discipline) and would like to gain comprehensive knowledge about contemporary political theory and European politics as well as different research methodologies and empirical skills necessary for the practice of political science. Students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in fields such as comparative politics, political economy, political communication or political theory.

 

Specializations:

The department offers MA students a variety of courses by means of which certificates can be obtained: 

  • Certificate in Comparative Politics
  • Certificate in Social and Political Theory
  • Certificate in Political Communication
  • Certificate in Political Economy
  • Certificate in Electoral Politics
  • Certificate in Political Research Methodology and Social Analysis
  • Certificate in Comparative European Politics
  • Certificate in Post-communist Politics
  • Certificate in Public Policy 
  • Certificate in Constitutional Politics.

 

Entry Requirements for the Master’s Programs:

All applicants must meet the General CEU Admissions Requirements (see: www.ceu.hu/admissions/apply), and submit: 

  • a 100-word statement of purpose describing the reason(s) why they are applying to the program
  • a short (approximately 500 words) exposition of an issue or problem in political science in which they are interested
  • samples of previous writings and/or a list of scholarly publications and relevant research experience (as applicable). Note that these materials will not be kept, commented on or returned by the department. Successful applicants typically hold a first degree in political science, economics, sociology, history or law (other degrees are also given consideration).

 

The Doctoral Program 

The doctoral program is primarily oriented towards academia, preparing graduate students for a career in research and/or university-level teaching. The emphasis is on the development of professional-level research and analytical skills in one or more of the following fields: comparative politics, European studies, international relations, political economy, political theory, public policy and human rights. The different tracks are taught and administered together with the departments of international relations and European studies, public policy, philosophy and legal studies. During their studies at CEU, doctoral candidates are actively introduced to research networks in their field through participation in major research projects in which CEU faculty are partners or lead personnel. Travel support from CEU for participation in major academic conferences and summer schools is available. There are also opportunities to participate in graduate student workshops that the department organizes regularly, in collaboration with some of the most outstanding European and US universities (including: LSE, EUI, Pompeu Fabra, Sciences Po, SUM). Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds.

 

Entry Requirements for the Doctoral Program:

In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements (see: http://www.ceu.hu/admissions/apply), applicants must have earned a GPA of 3.3 or higher in their Master’s program (or an equivalent grade), and must also submit a: 

  • 100-word statement of purpose discussing their field of scholarly interest and future professional goals, and the reason(s) why they are applying to the program
  • 500-word summary of their MA thesis
  • 500-word outline of their doctoral dissertation topic

Applicants are also encouraged to attach samples of previous writings, a list of scholarly publications or relevant research experience.