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.

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 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:

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.

International Relations Concepts and Theories, (IR) Michael Merlingen, 4 credits

Who Rules the World? International Order(s) in Theory and in Practice, (IR) Christopher LaRoche, 4 credits

The Human Place in World Politics: Psychology, Leadership, Emotion and the 'First Image’, (IR) Christopher LaRoche, 4 credits

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

US Politics and Foreign Policy, (IR) Erin Jenne/Levente Littvay 4 credits 

International Law in a Turbulent World, (IR) Boldizsar Nagy, 4 credits

International Political Economy, (IPE) Dora Piroska, 4 credits

Economic Nationalism, (IPE) Thomas Fetzer, 4 credits

The Political Economy of the EU, (IPE) Laszlo Csaba, 4 credits 

Worldly Philosophers of Capitalism, Democracy and Development, IPE, Bela Greskovits, 4 credits (online course)

International Intervention and Statebuilding, IPS, Xymena Kurowska, 4 credits

Knowing, Narrating, (re)Writing International Relations, IPS, Erzsebet Strausz, 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