General Admissions Information
CEU welcomes applications from excellent candidates all over the world. The University's admissions policy and criteria are set by its Senate in accordance with international practice. Candidates may simultaneously apply up to five degree programs.
The Department of International Relations asks applicants to fulfill the following requirements / submit the following documents, in addition to CEU's general admission requirements:
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 City" track in one year program, please make sure to submit your application to Bard College as well. 500 word essay (see below) is sufficient as a writing sample required by Bard in the application.
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;
Drawing on academic literature, the essay should elaborate on a research question, which applicants would wish to pursue during their studies 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 "New York City" 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.
1. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR REASONS FOR CHOOSING OUR PROGRAM:
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. COURSES YOU ARE PLANNING TO TAKE
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.
2.1 FALL TERM:
2.2 WINTER TERM:
3. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR REASONS FOR SELECTING THESE COURSES:
Here you may argue how exactly the courses you want to take may contribute to your study- or career-objectives.
Sample elective courses offered in the Academic Year 2023-2024:
International Relations: Concepts and Theories
International Political Economy
Strategy, Security, and Contemporary Warfare
Foreign Policy Analysis
International Law in a Turbulent World
Political Economy of the EU
Border (in)security and social inequalities
Worldly Philosophers of Capitalism, Democracy and Development
Psychology of Statecraft
Politics of the Anthropocene
Orders Of Inequality: Race, Class, Gender
What is Diplomacy?
International Political Economy of Development
Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe
International and EU Refugee Law and policy
Dark legacies: Coming to terms with Europe's past
Global Political Economy of Eastern Europe