MA Programs


The MA programs in Political Science attract an outstanding selection of a well-qualified, diverse body of students. The programs target both future academics and students who wish to pursue professions in non-academic jobs requiring considerable skills in social and political analysis, typically in the civil service, the news media, NGOs, political and cultural organizations, and private businesses. To serve this multifaceted constituency, the programs put considerable emphasis on developing research and writing skills that are valued in all work environments that require the ability to develop, probe, and convey complex ideas efficiently, logically, and lucidly.

Entry Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Political Science Department’s MA program must meet the general CEU admissions requirements. Successful applicants usually hold a first degree in economics, history, law, political science, or sociology, although other degrees will be given equal consideration. Candidates for the one-year MA program must have at least four-year university education prior to CEU, candidates with three-year BA degrees should apply to the two-year MA program offered by the department.

Deadlines for the Academic Year 2024-2025

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October 18, 2023 (23:59, Central European Time)* 

Application deadline for applicants to master’s programs** from visa-sensitive countries (i.e. countries where it may take 9 to 12 months to obtain a study residence permit and visa).  

Early application deadline for applicants to master’s programs*seeking an early decision because they either need no CEU financial aid or wish to apply for external funding 

All applications must be complete with any applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.). 

*Applicants will receive a response in December 2023. 

**Please note: this deadline does NOT apply to Erasmus Mundus (MESPOM, Mundus MAPP and HIPS) programs 

February 1, 2024 (23:59, Central European Time)* 

Application deadline for applicants for master’s programs from all other countries than those listed above who wish to be considered for CEU financial aid (where available). 

Application deadline for doctoral programs for applicants from all countries. 

All applications must be complete with any applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.). 

March 15, 2024 (23:59, Central European Time)* 

Application deadline for self-financing applicants fomaster’s programs who are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA area and require a study visa (except applicants from visa-sensitive countries). All applications must be complete with any applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).  

August 15, 2024 (23:59, Central European Time) 

Application deadline for self-financing applicants for master’s programs with citizenship or permanent residency in an EU/EEA country. All applications must be complete with the applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (subject to spaces available). 

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