MA in International Relations (1 year)

This program provides students with a foundation in international relations, as well as exposure to questions relating to the study of international security and the global economy. International relations training is combined with regional expertise in the study of the European Union, East Asia, the Middle East, and the post-Soviet space. The program offers an innovative, dynamic learning environment with small class sizes and an interdisciplinary curriculum.

The MA program consists of a Pre-Session, Zero week, two teaching semesters and a spring session, with each segment serving as a foundation for the following segment. The Pre-Session includes general program description and orientation to various CEU units; during Zero week students get a chance to attend intro classes for all courses to be taught in the Fall term.  

IR Track System

The one-year program  is organized into three tracks: International Relations Theory and Law, International Political Sociology and History, and International Political Economy and Development. 

In each semester students are required to take courses from at least two tracks, while over the course of the academic year students are required to take courses from all three tracks. The track system is thus designed to provide students with a specific course of study, while also offering a more general grounding in the department’s expertise.

Sample Curriculum 

International Relations Theory and Law Track

Concepts and Theories of World Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Public International Law, Security and Strategic Studies, What is Diplomacy?, Critical Security Studies, Global Governance, International Intervention and State-building, Nationalisms and Islamisms of the Contemporary Middle East , Transnational Environmental Politics , Unwritten IR , US Foreign Policy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law 

International Political Sociology and History Track

Central Asia: Local Politics, Regional Dynamics and the Geopolitics of Energy, Culture and Religion as a Source of Conflict in Contemporary Europe, Diaspora Politics and Transnational Terrorism, East Asia in International Relations,  EU Law,  EU Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy

International Political Economy and Development Track

Global Economic Inequalities; The Political Economy of the European Union, Economic Nationalism, History of Economic Thought, Social Movements and Social Contention , States, Classes and Industries in the International Political Economy, The New Political Economy of Emerging Europe

Entry Requirements

You can find detailed information on the CEU`s general admission procedure here and on our program specific requirements here