10 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
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The MA program in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University (CEU) uses a historical-comparative framework to broaden students' knowledge of social structures and processes, including social theory, migration, religion, ethnicity, cultural policies, gender, class, globalization, modernity, urban development and state research.

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The primary goal of this intensive MA program in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University (CEU)  is to enable students to deepen their knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social phenomena, structures and processes. In a wide range of courses on social theory, migration, religion, ethnicity, cultural policies, economic sociology, globalization, dynamics of modernity, institutional change, urban processes and gender relations, students are encouraged to articulate individual positions with regard to bridging the two disciplines in the topics they study. 

Program structure

The program consists of Pre-Session training, two semesters of course work and a Spring Session. The Pre-Session includes academic writing support to improve the student's written and spoken English, basic computer training and an orientation to CEU. During the Fall and Winter semester students are required to attend courses regularly. During the Spring Semester students write their MA theses. Courses are generally in seminar format, including lectures and discussions. They require active participation on the students' part.

During the academic year students can attend a variety of workshops, seminars as well as lectures presented by visiting faculty or guest lecturers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Colonialism and Post-colonialism
  • Social Memory
  • Comparative Urban Change
  • Cultures of Capitalism: An Anthropological Reading of Post-socialist Economic Transformation
  • Rural and Urban Development
  • Debates on Globalization and Development
  • Introduction to Research Methods—Quantitative and Qualitative
  • Ethnicity and the State: Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives
  • State Theory and Research
  • Logic of Social Inquiry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Jan. 30, 2020: financial aid
  • April 15, 2020: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug.14, 2020: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


IELTS or TOEFL needed




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
59 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic records
  • Research proposal
  • Writing sample

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.

Generous scholarships are available to accepted students from any country.


In pursuit of its mission, CEU strives to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world, offering generous scholarships available to students from any country.

In 2018-2019, 82% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing. Learn more about how to fund your studies at www.ceu.edu/financialaid.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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