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Master of Arts in Historical Studies (2 year)
Program Description

The program provides a systematic introduction to theories, methods, and research skills (including source language training) in a variety of historical disciplines. The program’s location in Vienna and its international faculty provide students with an inspiring setting to study historical change in action and conduct their own research on a topic of their choice. Successful graduates will write and defend a thesis of original research based on a methodologically rigorous employment of primary sources.

This MA is tailored to students who seek to broaden their knowledge before focusing on a specific thesis topic. The program offers two tracks. Students can apply to:

1) History Track: the History track is characterized by breadth and variety. Students can choose courses from across the entire curriculum of the Department, exploring the past from antiquity to the present, while developing their field of interest towards the completion of a project of original research. This degree includes an emphasis on language learning, methodological training, and practical skills.

2) Late Antique and Medieval Studies: geared toward applicants from non-specialized academic backgrounds, this track offers a comprehensive foundation in Late Antique and Medieval Studies. Students gain expertise across different disciplines and can choose from a range of courses that encompass politics, economics, society, culture, archaeology, philosophy, and art history.

Just like the one-year MA, this program is an excellent preparation for future doctoral studies and offers crucial skills in source languages, digital humanities, publishing, etc.

Entry requirements

Successful MA applicants have completed undergraduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences.

In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants must provide:

  • Statement of Purpose

A brief Statement of Purpose (750 words) that explains the applicant’s interest in the Department. In the statement of purpose, applicants should indicate their general study interests, including courses, professors, and research areas they see as particularly relevant to their interests. Applicants who are considering pursuing one of the Specializations and Advanced Certificates may also indicate this in the statement of purpose.

Note that the program will be offered by Central European University's new Department of Historical Studies, to be launched September 2024.

Program level
Degree awarded
Program accreditation/registration
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program subject to accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Country of accreditation
United States
Type of degree
Standard Program duration
2 years
Start of the program
US degree credits
Austrian degree ECTS credits