The Political Science Department is unique within Europe with a curriculum that covers almost all areas of political studies and offers in-depth expertise in the comparative politics of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. CEU has been ranked as 29th in the world in the subject of politics and international studies, which is represented at CEU by the Department of Political Science, the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and the Department of Public Policy by Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) annual survey 2015 and one of the best in Europe receiving an 'excellence' ranking from the prestigious Center for Higher Education Development in their latest, 2010 survey.
CEU has students from more than 100 countries and faculty from more than 30. Representing a comprehensive range of academic approaches and expertise, the department’s faculty address questions of political philosophy, democratization and regime change, constitutional politics, political economy, media, voting behavior, party politics, human rights, and Europeanization in a comparative manner.
The program invites students who wish to develop the analytical skills necessary to achieve excellence in their areas of study. With original scholarship, basic and applied research, and creative instructors constituting an essential core from which to draw, graduate work at the department attracts an outstanding selection of uniquely qualified students. We welcome individuals not just from the entire CEE region but from all over the world, therefore the admissions criteria are set in accordance with internationally-recognized standards and tests.
Each year the Department admits about 40 students to its One-year MA Program and 20 students to its Two-year MA Program. We are proud that most of our MA students receive some kind of financial aid from the department that range from full or partial scholarship to tuition waiver.
For more detailed information you can watch our departmental presentation "Why apply?" and our video "Why Political Science at CEU?":