MA in International Relations

The Department of International Relations asks applicants to fulfill the following requirements / submit the following documents, in addition to CEU's general admission requirements:

Degree requirement

Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized Bachelor's degree or comparable degree. To be admitted to the program applicants must have completed at least four years (for one year program) and at least three years (for two years program) of undergraduate studies and be able to demonstrate English proficiency.

If you are interested in applying for the New York track in one year program, please make sure to submit your application to Bard Colleage as well. 500 word essay (see below) is sufficient as a writing sample required by Bard in the application. 

Required documents

In their online application package, applicants to the MA in International Relations program need to submit the following documents (Department-specific requirements are bolded):

  • completed online CEU application form;
  • two confidential letters of recommendation (preferably academic, but can be also from your supervisor); 
  • relevant undergraduate and graduate transcripts and diplomas;
  • a full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any;
  • proof of relevant English language competency;
  • a max. 500-word essay;

The focus of the essay should demonstrate knowledge on a specific topic; for example, a particular writer's work, a theory or school of thought, or an empirical case, and demonstrate how this topic, from the perspective of International Relations or a related social science discipline, would relate to the applicant's future studies and research in the department.

*** Please note that this 500-word essay is accepted as a writing sample by Bard MA in Global studies program in case of application for MA one year program with New York track. 

  • statement of purpose;

The purpose of this part of the application is to help you and the department to get a preliminary idea of how your optimal study-plan may look like, to see how your individual interests may fit with the courses we offer, and how together we may come up with the best possible overall ‘IR experience’ at CEU.

*** Please indicate in the statement of purpose if you are applying for the New York track in one year MA degree. 


This is a free-form part, but try to keep it to 500 words maximum. 500 words is the limit for this part only, part 2-4 has no word limit. Applicants are welcome to provide references and bibliography which will not count towards the word limit. 

2. PROPOSED TOPIC OF YOUR THESIS: (one-two sentences)


This is not meant to be cast in stone. We expect - even encourage - you to change your mind as you move along. After all, this is what university is about: changing our minds. Still, we want you to indicate the possible trajectory of your study, so that we could best help you in achieving the goals you set for yourself. Check the list of courses usually offered by the department at the end of this form. Please note that, as a rule, students are expected to take 3-4 courses each term.




Here you may argue how exactly the courses you want to take may contribute to your study- or career-objectives.

List of courses to be offered for the Academic Year 2023-2024 (TBC):

Fall Term

International Relations: Concepts and Theories
Knowing, Narrating, (re)Writing International Relations
Who Rules the World? International Orders in Theory and Practice
What is Diplomacy?
Strategy, Security, and Contemporary Warfare
Foreign Policy Analysis
International Law in a Turbulent World
International Intervention and State-Building
International Political Economy
Economic Nationalism
Politics of International Money and Finance
Worldly Philosophers Of Capitalism, Democracy And Development
Illiberal Capitalism

Winter Term

Orders Of Inequality: Race, Class, Gender
The Human Place in World Politics: Psychology, Leadership, Emotion and the 'First Image’
Posthumanist International Politics: Objects, Animals, Ecologies
(Mis)performing World Politics
Borders and Bordering Practices in World Politics
Critical Security Studies
Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe
European Security Policy
International and European Refugee Law
Courts as Global Policy Actors
Political Economy of the EU
Economic Inequality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
The Political Economy of Development
Dark legacies: Coming to terms with Europe's XX century