We offer US accredited one- and two-year MA programs, as well as a doctoral education in political science. The two-year MA program also has Hungarian (European) accreditation. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available for both Master (one-year and two-year) and PhD studies on a competitive basis. The majority of CEU students receive internal or external financial aid while about 90% of the students at the Political Science Department are granted some kind of institutional financial aid, ranging from full stipends to tuition waivers.
Our programs focus on research methods, comparative political economy, democratic political institutions, political regime change, party systems and voting behavior, the role of media in democratic politics, analytical and normative political theory, constitutional theory and political sociology. We aim to foster critical thinking and analytical skills through debates, workshops, seminars and conferences.
The Department’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research has also been acknowledged by professional world university rankings: placed the 29th best globally, and 7th in Europe in 2015 — and among the best 100 universities in the world for seven years consecutively — by Quacquarelli Symonds; and ranked one of the best political science departments in Europe with six stars from the prestigious CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development in 2010.
Our students come from more than 30 countries and our outstanding 7:1 student/faculty ratio ensures the opportunity for professional development for each and every student. Located in a lively and fascinating city, Budapest, Central European University offers not only a unique experience in postgraduate studies through a dynamic and highly international graduate school environment, but also enables students to achieve successful international careers. The Political Science program has an excellent placement record in terms of alumni careers, and targets both future academics and students who wish to pursue professions in non-academic jobs requiring considerable skills in social and political analysis (e.g. civil service, news media, NGOs, political and cultural organizations, and private businesses).