Master of Arts in Political Science (1 year)

Program level: 
Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Program length: 
1 year (10 months)
Type of degree: 
US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
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Program Description

Please note that from September 2020, this program's teaching for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus.

Please note that no new students are presently being enrolled into Hungarian-registered version of the program.

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The One-year MA Program in Political Science offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum in theory and research methods in contemporary political science. US standards in research and teaching are combined with the varied requirements of an international student body. The program is aimed for students who graduated a four-year BA degree. The program invites students who wish to develop the analytical skills necessary to achieve excellence in politics and economics of democratization in a comparative perspective, international development, comparative and European politics, current issues in the theory and practice of constitutional democracy, political theory, political sociology, and political economy. The MA program targets both future academics and students who wish to pursue careers 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. 


The department offers MA students a variety of courses by means of which specializations can be obtained:

  • Specialization in Comparative Politics
  • Specialization in Political Economy
  • Specialization in Research Methods and Techniques
  • Specialization in Social and Political Theory
  • Specialization in Political Behavior
  • Specialization in Democracy and Social Change

Entry Requirements for the Master’s Programs 

Candidates for the One-year MA Program must have at least four-years university education prior to joining CEU. Successful applicants usually hold a first degree in economics, history, law, political science or sociology, although other degrees will be given equal consideration. Students seeking admission to the Political Science Department’s MA program must meet the General CEU Admissions Requirements and submit:

  • a 100-word statement of purpose describing the reason(s) why they are applying to the program
  • a short (approximately 500 words) exposition of an issue or problem in political science in which they are interested
  • samples of previous writings and/or a list of scholarly publications and relevant research experience (as applicable). Note that these materials will not be kept, commented on or returned by the department.