24 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MA program in Economics at Central European University (CEU)  serves as an introduction to the core areas of standard economics and provides a firm foundation for further studies. The second year offers advanced and specialized field courses that students choose according to their research interests.

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Learn the tools and technical skills to do cutting-edge applied research in the public or private sector, or continue on to doctoral studies

  • US and Austrian accredited degree
  • 2 years full-time
  • 60 credits (120 ECTS credits)
  • About 20-25 students admitted yearly
  • Tuition waiver, partial tuition waiver and financial aid packages available


Students of program in Economics at Central European University (CEU) are admitted fast-track to the PhD program at CEU, or continue on with doctoral studies at other institutions including Berkeley, Duke, Harvard, LSE, Michigan, MIT, Princeton, Carlos III, Lausanne, SSE, UPF.

Other students pursue careers in the private sector in consulting (BCG, E&Y, Deloitte), finance and banking (HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock) and industry (ExxonMobil, GE, IBM, Procter & Gamble), and in the public sector (EC, EIB, IMF, WB, BIS, Bundesbank, ECB) as well


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Year I: Microeconomic Theory;

  • Macroeconomic Theory;

  • Econometrics;

  • Corporate Governance;

  • Labor Economics;

  • Antitrust and Industrial Policy Analysis Year II: Game Theory;

  • Public Economics;

  • Applied Econometrics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


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120 ECTS


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Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants to the MA programs must submit a 500-word essay introducing their research topic and explaining their academic/professional background. Applicants should indicate how further studies at CEU would help them achieve their future career goals. In addition, applicants must either:
  • • pass a department-specific examination in basic calculus, probability theory and linear algebra, or
  • • submit general GRE test scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Generous scholarships are available to accepted students from any country.

Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

82% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing. 

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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