Master of Arts in Political Science

Program level : 
Graduate (Master’s)
Degree awarded: 
Official title: 
Master of Arts in Political Science
Type of degree: 
Program accreditation: 
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program length : 
1 year (10 months)
Gabor Toka
Tuition fees and fellowship information: 
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Program Description: 

The One-year MA Program in Political Science offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum in theory and research methods in contemporary political science. US standards in research and teaching are combined with the varied requirements of an international student body. The program is aimed for students who graduated a four-year BA degree. The program invites students who wish to develop the analytical skills necessary to achieve excellence in politics and economics of democratization in a comparative perspective, international development, comparative and European politics, current issues in the theory and practice of constitutional democracy, political theory, political sociology, and political economy. The MA program targets both future academics and students who wish to pursue careers in non-academic jobs requiring considerable skills in social and political analysis, typically in the civil service, the news media, NGOs, political and cultural organizations, and private businesses. 


The department offers MA students a variety of courses by means of which certificates can be obtained:

  • Certificate in Comparative Politics
  • Certificate in Social and Political Theory
  • Certificate in Political Communication
  • Certificate in Political Economy
  • Certificate in Electoral Politics
  • Certificate in Political Research Methodology and Social Analysis
  • Certificate in Comparative European Politics
  • Certificate in Post-communist Politics
  • Certificate in Public Policy
  • Certificate in Constitutional Politics

Sample Courses for the MA Program

Comparative European Politics (Anton Pelinka); European Integration: Contending Theories and Contentious Practices (Philippe Schmitter); Political Change: Evolution, Revolution and Back (Andras Bozoki); Political Economy: Capitalism and Democracy (Dorothee Bohle); Politics of European Integration (Attila Folsz); Political Communication (Gabor Toka); Topics and Methods in Comparative Politics (Carsten Schneider); Parties and Party Systems (Zsolt Enyedi); Human Rights and Biopolitics (Judit Sandor); States, Networks and Power in Post-Soviet Politics (Matteo Fumagalli); Voting Behavior (Marina Popescu); Multivariate Statistics (Tamas Rudas).

Entry Requirements for the Master’s Programs 

Candidates for the One-year MA Program must have at least four-years university education prior to joining CEU. Successful applicants usually hold a first degree in economics, history, law, political science or sociology, although other degrees will be given equal consideration. Students seeking admission to the Political Science Department’s MA program must meet the General CEU Admissions Requirements and submit:

• a 100-word statement of purpose describing the reason(s) why they are applying to the program

• a short (approximately 500 words) exposition of an issue or problem in political science in which they are interested

• samples of previous writings and/or a list of scholarly publications and relevant research experience (as applicable). Note that these materials will not be kept, commented on or returned by the department.