MA in International Relations (1 year)

Overview and credit requirements

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. The program offers an innovative, dynamic learning environment with relatively small class sizes and an interdisciplinary curriculum. It is accredited in both the US and Austria. 

The 1-year MA program has three different tracks: Global Order and Politics (GOP), International Political Economy and Development (IPE), and Conflict and Security (CONSEC). Students are encouraged to take courses from all three tracks, while they may specialize in one of them to complete the degree. 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 consists of 30 US (60 ECTS) credits, including the thesis of 6 US (12 ECTS) credits. 

This is a full-time MA program, therefore, students are expected to reside at all times in Vienna, during the program. They are expected to continuously remain in contact with campus academic life and respond promptly to any communication from the department.

Tentative Curriculum

Pre-session

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to all courses
  • Introductory Sessions to International Relations

The purpose of the latter course – offered to incoming MA students – is to serve as an introduction to the main theories, debates, and concepts in international relations. It is a course that aims to provide the foundations needed for students of various disciplinary backgrounds to effectively engage in the classes they will attend during their studies at CEU. 

Fall term

Mandatory courses:

  • Research Design and Methods for one-year MA students, Erin Jenne/Andrew X. Li, 2 credits
  • Academic Writing for International Relations for one-year MA students (part I) by the Center for Academic Writing 

In addition to mandatory courses, students must register for a minimum of 10 US credits elective courses for the Fall Term:

Global Order and Politics (GOP)

  • International Relations Concepts and Theories (track's core course), 4 credits, Michael Merlingen
  • Foreign policy analysis, 4 credits, Erin Jenne
  • Worldly Philosophers of Capitalism, Democracy and Development, 4 credits, Bela Greskovits
  • International Law in a Turbulent World, 4 credits, Boldizsar Nagy
  • Politics of the Anthropecene, 4 credits, Alexander Etkind
  • Border (in)security and social inequalities, 4 credits, Saskia Stachowitsch and Julia Sachseder
  • Europe in Crises: Integration under International and Internal Threat, 4 credits, Daniel Izsak
  • Global health security, 4 credits, Christian Haddad

International Political Economy and Development (IPE)

  • Introduction to International Political Economy, 4 credits (track's core course), Andrew X. Li and Dora Piroska
  • The Political Economy of the EU, 4 credits, Laszlo Csaba
  • Europe in Crisis: Integration under International and Internal Threat, 4 credits, Daniel Izsák
  • Worldly Philosophers of Capitalism, Democracy and Development, 4 credits, Bela Greskovits
  • Geoeconomics, 2 credits, Thomas Fetzer
  • Political Economy of International Organizations, 2 credits, Andrew X. Li

Conflict and Security (CONSEC)

  • Strategy, Security and Contemporary Warfare (track's core course), 4 credits, Paul Roe
  • Foreign policy analysis, 4 credits, Erin Jenne
  • Border (in)security and social inequalities, 4 credits, Saskia Stachowitsch/Julia Sachseder
  • Global health security, 4 credits, Christian Haddad
  • Geoeconomics, 2 credits, Thomas Fetzer
  • Technology, Security, and the Future of High-Tech Warfare, 2 credits, Raluca Csernatoni

Winter term

Mandatory courses:

  • Academic Writing for International Relations for one-year MA students (part II), Center for Academic Writing, 2 credits
  • Research Methods for International Relations, 2 credits (students can choose among three courses dedicated to various research methods)

In addition to mandatory and mandatory-elective courses, students must register for a minimum of 8 US credits elective courses for the Winter Term:

Global Order and Politics (GOP) track

  • International Intervention and Statebuilding, 4 credits, Xymena Kurowska
  • Orders of Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, Sex, 4 credits, Michael Merlingen
  • Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe, 4 credits, Erin Jenne
  • Comparative Regionalism, 2 credits, Daniel Izsak
  • International and European Refugee Policy and Law, 4 credits, Boldizsar Nagy
  • Dark Legacies: Politics of the Past and International Relations, 4 credits, Alexander Etkind and Thomas Fetzer

International Political Economy and Development (IPE) track

  • Illiberal Capitalism, 4 credits, Laszlo Csaba 
  • Political Economy of Development, 4 credits, Valentin Seidler 
  • International Political Economy of Digital Everything, 4 credits, Dora Piroska 
  • Decarbonizing IR: Fossils, Emissions and Security, 4 credits, Alexander Etkind
  • Global Political Economy of Eastern Europe, 2 credits, Dora Piroska 
  • Comparative Regionalism, 2 credits, Daniel Izsak

Conflict and Security (CONSEC) track

  • International Intervention and Statebuilding, 4 credits, Xymena Kurowska 
  • Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe, 4 credits, Erin Jenne
  • Issues in European Security, 2 credits, Michael Merlingen
  • Critical Approaches to Strategy and Security, 4 credits, Paul Roe 
  • Gender in IR: Security, War and Militarism, 4 credits, Paul Roe 
  • Decarbonizing IR: Fossils, Emissions and Security, 4 credits, Alexander Etkind
  • Dark Legacies: Politics of the Past and International Relations, 4 credits, Alexander Etkind and Thomas Fetzer

Spring term

Under IR department faculty supervision, students will prepare an original research paper (thesis, 6 credits) to be submitted in June 2023. 

Miscellaneous

  • Students should note that they may take courses for up to four credits from another department (one four-credits course or two two-credits courses) in the academic year, without permission from the program director. Any course from other departments, which is not cross-listed, is subject to prior permission by the program director.
  • Entry requirements: you can find detailed information on the CEU`s general admission procedure here and on our program specific requirements here