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Political Science

Central European University (CEU)

10 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The one-year MA Program in Political Science at Central European University (CEU) offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum in theory and research methods in contemporary political science. The program is aimed for students with a four-year BA degree in the social sciences and related disciplines.

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The MA program in Political Science at Central European University (CEU)  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. To serve this multifaceted constituency, the program puts considerable emphasis on developing research and writing skills that are valued in all work environments that require the ability to develop, probe, and convey complex ideas efficiently, logically, and lucidly.

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 program offers several streams of specialization. In the course of their studies, students can specialize in a field of their choice, and receive from the department – in addition to the MA diploma – a certificate in that particular field within the discipline. 

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


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

The core courses cover the analytical and empirical foundations of the MA program and are organized in four groups:

  • Social and Political Theory
  • Political Economy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Research Methodology
Courses include:
  • Academic Writing for Political Science
  • Scopes and Methods: Research Design and Techniques
  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Political Research
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Comparative Case Study Research
  • Applied Statistics
  • Field Research and Data Analysis
  • Concepts in Political Economy
  • Political Economy II: Core Issues and Conceptual Frameworks in Political Economy
  • Foundations of Political Philosophy
  • Comparative European Politics
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Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 16: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa



Austrian degree ECTS credits: 60

US degree credits: 40


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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in political science, other social science disciplines, economics, philosophy, public policy or public administration, law and media
  • Academic records
  • Statement of purpose
  • Essay on an issue or problem in political science
  • Writing sample(s)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 10 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 10 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 2019-2020, 82% of CEU students received financial aid. Learn more about how to fund your studies at

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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