One-year MA Program in Political Science

Program Description

Sample Study Plan AY2021-2022 - One-year MA Program in Political Science

Each year the Department admits about 50 students to its One-year MA Program. 

Courses generally earn 4 credits, students are required to earn 24 credits for the Austrian accredited degree over the two semesters. Student who would like to receive a US accredited diploma must complete 34 credits from courses. Students are required to take the Academic Writing and Scope and Methods courses, 2-2 credits each, too.

Some of the courses offered have the status of core courses. They cover the analytical and empirical foundations of the MA program. The core courses are organized in four groups:

  • Social and Political Theory
  • Political Economy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Research Methodology

At least 16 credits should be earned by attending and completing core courses, one each in four fields. Within this constraint, each student decides for herself/himself how many core courses to take within one semester. 

Exemption from the requirement of taking a core course can be granted to those who have already studied the given subjects. The claimant should pass a written test on the basics of the subject. If the exemption is accorded, the student is free to ignore the core group to which the course in question belongs to and choose any four-credit course instead, whether it belongs to the core or not. Besides the MA courses offered by the Political Science Department, students can choose among MA courses offered by other CEU departments and programs, provided that those courses are cross-listed with the Political Science Department. MA students are allowed to take one course per academic year from Political Science PhD courses.

Students have to submit and defend an approx. 12,000 words MA thesis, worth 6 credits. Please see the 2021/22 Deadlines for the Submission of MA Theses.

MA students can take specialized courses and earn a Specialization to certify their training. 

You can browse the Student Handbook for the One-year MA Program which includes the most important degree requirements, the program structure, and the most important policies that govern the studies of MA students.

You can download the departmental presentation from here