Master of Arts in International Relations (1 year)

The one-year MA program builds on the strong tradition of international relations scholarship in North America, the UK, and Western Europe. The aim of the program is to enable students to both explain and understand material, military, economic as well as ideational factors for continuity and change in the international political system. In doing so, although therefore necessarily global in its outlook, the department is also committed to a particular focus on the European context. 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.

IR Track System

Courses at the Department belong to three different tracks: European Studies Track, International Relations Track, and International Political Economy Track.

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 (Fall Semester)

IR Track

International Relations Theory; East Asia in International Relations; Public International Law; International Security Studies; The State, the Society and Politics in the Middle East

ES Track

EU Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy; The Cold War; European Integration; EU Law; The Political Economy of the EU; EU Security and Defense Policy

IPE Track

Global Economic Inequalities; Political Economy of Global Finance; The Political Economy of the EU; Transnational Corporations and National Governments

Entry Requirements for the Master’s Program
In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit a one-page statement of purpose, and a 500-word essay. The statement of purpose should describe the applicant’s previous studies and/or research undertaken. It should also include some explanation as to how this has motivated the application to IR, as well as how the MA potentially fits into future work or studies. 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.

Accepted applicants come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, although preference is given to students with a degree in the social sciences (including history, political science, law and philosophy). However, others with a demonstrated interest in international affairs and public policy may also be strong candidates for admission.


Title Instructor Credit
(De)Militarisms Ben Schrader 4.0
Academic Writing for International Relations 2.0
Academic Writing for International Relations II Robin Bellers
Zsuzsanna Toth
Vera Eliasova
Comparative Area Studies Matthijs Bogaards 2.0
Comparative European Politics Anton Pelinka 4.0
Concepts and Theories for Understanding World Politics Michael Merlingen 4.0
Courts as Global Policy Actors Marie-Pierre F. Granger 4.0
Dark Legacies: Coming to terms with Europe’s twentieth century Thomas Fetzer 4.0
Dark Legacies: Coming To Terms With Europe’s Twentieth Century Thomas Fetzer 4.0
Democracy between Crisis and Transformation: Normative and Institutional Perspectives Nenad Dimitrijevic
Tamas Meszerics
Diplomatic Case Studies Dr. Reinhard Bettzüege 2.0
Economic Nationalism Thomas Fetzer 4.0
Economic Nationalism Thomas Fetzer 4.0
EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Péter Balázs 4.0
EU Security Policy Michael Merlingen 4.0
EU Security Policy Michael Merlingen 4.0
Europe in Crises: Integration under International and Internal Threat Daniel Izsak 4.0
European Governance in the Global World Péter Balázs 2.0
Foreign Policy Analysis Erin Kristin Jenne 4.0
Foundations of the Contemporary International System, 1815 – 1920 Mate Nikola Tokic 4.0
Frontiers of Democracy: East-Central Europe in Comparison András Bozóki 2.0
Global Economic Inequalities Thomas Fetzer 4.0
Global Stage And Its Subjects: International Theory Meets Intellectual History Alexander Astrov, Jens Bartelson, Iver Neumann, Erik Ringmar 4.0
Globalization and Inequality I: Measurement and Dimensions Anil Duman 2.0
Globalization and Inequality II: Policies and Organizations Anil Duman 2.0
Globalization, Inequality and Institutions Anil Duman 4.0
Hierarchies in/of World Politics Michael Merlingen 4.0
How to Think about Science: An Introduction to Philosophy of Science Maria Kronfeldner 2.0
Illiberal Capitalism László Csaba 4.0
International and European Refugee Law Boldizsár Nagy 4.0
International Environmental Law and the North-South Divide Carmen G. Gonzalez 2.0
International Intervention and State-building Xymena Kurowska 4.0
International Political Economy Zbigniew Truchlewski 2.0
International Political Economy Andrew X. LI 4.0
Intervention in Action: South Sudan Daniel Large 2.0
Introduction to International Humanitarian Law for Public Policy Students Kirsten Roberts Lyer 2.0
JustData - University Wide Course Miklós Koren
Arieda Muço
Chrys Margaritidis
Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary)
Roberta Sinatra
Karoly Boroczky
Key Concepts of Russian Foreign Policy reshetnikov_anatoly 4.0
Making Everything ‘Great Again’: International Relations Theory Alexander Astrov 4.0
Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe Erin Kristin Jenne 4.0
Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe Erin Kristin Jenne 4.0
Nationalist mobilization: concepts, causes, patterns and cases Beáta Huszka 2.0
Political Economy in the Shadow of the Great Recession Zbigniew Truchlewski 2.0
Political Economy of Development Xiang Li 4.0
Political Economy of International Money Julius Horvath 4.0
Political Economy of the EU László Csaba 4.0
Public International Law Boldizsár Nagy 4.0
Public International Law in a Turbulent World Boldizsár Nagy 4.0
Research Design and Methods in IR Anatoly Reshetnikov, Andrew X. Li 4.0
Research Design and Methods in IR II Hannes Cerny 2.0
Research Design and Methods in IR II Kristin Makszin
Research Design and Methods in IR II Anatoly Reshetnikov, Xiang Li 2.0
Russian Foreign Policy Xymena Kurowska 2.0
Security and International Political Sociology Xymena Kurowska 2.0
Social Movements, Contentious Politics, and Democracy Béla Greskovits 4.0
Strategy, Security, and Contemporary Warfare Paul Roe 4.0
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Nick Sitter 4.0
Terrorism: A Comparative Politics Perspective Matthijs Bogaards 4.0
Text Analysis Across Disciplines: Text Mining Boot Camp Levente Littvay
Jessie Labov
The Global Politics of China Daniel Large 2.0
The Internet & Human Rights Cameran Ashraf 2.0
The Israeli Palestinian Conflict from a Global Perspective Yoav Galai 4.0
The New Political Economy of Emerging Europe László Csaba 4.0
The Other in European History and Politics Mate Nikola Tokic 4.0
The Politics of South-South Development in Africa Daniel Large 2.0
The State, Society and Politics in the Middle East Emel Akcali 4.0
Transnational Environmental Politics Matteo Fumagalli
Alexios Antypas
László Pintér
U.S. Politics and Foreign Policy in the 21st century Levente Littvay
Erin Kristin Jenne
US Foreign Policy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law John Shattuck 2.0
US Foreign Policy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law John Shattuck 1.0
War, Peace, and Nation Building in Iraq Yahya Sadowski 2.0
Worldly Philosophers of Capitalism, Democracy and Development Béla Greskovits 4.0