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 relatively small class sizes and an interdisciplinary curriculum.

The 1-year MA program has three different tracks: International Relations Theory and Law, International Political Sociology and History, and International Political Economy and Development. 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. 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 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

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.

This is a full-time MA program, therefore, students are expected to reside at all times in Budapest, 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:

The Fall semester consists of sixteen credits (four credits of mandatory courses and twelve credits of elective courses). Students may take the following two mandatory courses:

  • Research Design and Methods in IR (two credits);
  • Academic Writing for International Relations (two credits);

Students overall must complete sixteen credits for the Fall semester, as described above, in order to advance to the Winter semester.

Courses belonging to two tracks (International Relations Theory and Law Track + InternationalPolitical Sociology and History Track; 2+2 credits)

Making Everything Great Again’: International Relations Theory (Alexander Astrov) 4 credits

Key Concepts of Russian Foreign Policy: Past and Present (Anatoly Reshetnikov) 4 credits

International Relations Theory and Law Track

Concepts & Theories for Understanding World Politics (Michael Merlingen) 4 credits

Strategy, Security, and Contemporary Warfare (Paul Roe) 4 credits

Foreign Policy Analysis (Erin Jenne) 4 credits

Courts as Global Policy Actors (Marie-Pierre Granger) 4 credits

The public international law in a turbulent world (Boldizsar Nagy) 4 credits

International Political Sociology and History Track

The Other in European History and Politics (Mate Nikola Tokic) 4 credits

International Political Economy and Development Track

International Political Economy (Xiang Li) 4 credits

Global Economic Inequalities (Thomas Fetzer) 4 credits

Political Economy of the EU (Laszlo Csaba) 4 credits

Political Economy of International Money (Julius Horvath) 4 credits

These courses are just a sample of the courses at the department and are subject to regular change. Contact the program coordinator or read this year's MA Handbook for the current courses.

Entry Requirements

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