MA in International Relations (2 years)

The program is intended for students who have graduated from a three-year undergraduate program and would like to proceed with their studies more thoroughly, possibly with a view of a preparing themselves for a doctoral degree.

The two-year MA Program in International Relations combines rigorous theoretical and methodological academic training in international relations with area expertise.

The planned program structure in 2019/2020 is as follows:

- pre-session (02 – 13/Sept/19) & fall term introductory weeks (16 – 27/Sept/19) in Budapest

- fall term (30/Sept/19 – 10/Dec/19) in Vienna

- winter term (07/Jan/20 – 27/Mar/20) in Budapest

- spring term (30/Mar/20 – 12/Jun/20) in Budapest

In the first year the program provides students with a general foundation in international relations, plus more specific exposure to questions relating to the study of international security and the global economy. In the second year, through a combination of gateway and elective courses, it allows students to specialize in a number of sub-fields (eg. conflict and security; development). In addition to exposure to the main areas of teaching in the program, students will also receive thorough preparation in academic writing, and research design and methods.

The program complements solid academic education with training in practical and transferable skills to enable our graduates to be competitive on the job market within and outside academia.

In order to receive the Master of Arts Degree in International Relations, students must fulfill the following four criteria:

  •  Pass the Academic Writing for International Relations course. Pass the Research Design and Methods in IR course with a grade C+ or above.
  • Achieve the required number of credits in the Fall Term (16 credits) and the Winter Term (12 credits) in the first year; achieve the required number of credits in the Fall Term (12 credits) and the Winter Term (10 credits) in the second year in the manner stipulated in the preceding sections;
  • Pass the Masters thesis with a grade of C+ or above (10 credits);
  • Accumulate 60 credits over six consecutive terms as stipulated above with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.66 or higher.

1 CEU credit equals 2 ECTS credits.