24 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
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The MA program in Nationalism Studies (2 Years) at Central European University (CEU) offers a complex approach to the study of nationalism and minority protection, subsumed under the general heading of political science with involvement of history, sociology, legal studies and anthropology as subfields.

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The Nationalism Studies (2 Years) program at Central European University (CEU)  aims to shape the next generation of scholars, public officials and activists, endow them with rich empirical knowledge, and sensitize them to a non-sectarian, open and critical perspective on nationhood, nationalism and minority protection.

A comparative, theoretically grounded and empirically well-informed curriculum will sensitize students to the bewildering complexities of issues of nationalism, ethnic relations and minority protection both in global and local contexts. More concretely, students will get a full year's immersion in questions of citizenship, migration, statelessness, multiculturalism, racism, xenophobia, the refugee problem within and outside the European Union. Special attention will be devoted to those mechanisms and institutions within the European Union that are devoted to handle national and ethnic diversity such as processes of regionalisation and power sharing, the mechanisms of the OSCE and the developments related to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Beyond the relevant scholarship, graduates of the program will exit with a firm knowledge in the political, legal and institutional frameworks available for dealing with issues of ethnic relations and minority protection.

Career prospects

Specialists trained in the program will be prepared for employment in supranational organizations, such as the offices and institutions of the European Union, OSCE, in international and domestic foundations for the protection of minorities, for employment in domestic public administration, local governments and in NGOs as well as for employment in the private sector, especially within the media and public survey institutions.


  • 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:

  • Debates About Self-determination and External Minority Protection in the Twentieth Century
  • Nationalism, National Identity, National Feeling: The Sociological and Socio-psychological Approach
  • Nationalism and Political Theory
  • Constitutional Design and Conflict
  • Law and Ethnicity
  • Anthropological Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism and Nationalism
  • Interpretations of Modern Anti-semitism
  • The Ottoman Empire and the Post-colonial Debate
  • Sociological Approaches to Race and Ethnicity
  • Interpreting Contemporary Nationalism in Southeastern Europe

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


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

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.

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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