Master of Arts in Political Science (2 years)
The Two-year MA Program in Political Science specifically addresses the needs of students who have a three-year study background in political science (or a related discipline) and would like to gain a more structured and comprehensive knowledge about contemporary political theory, European politics, and different research methodologies and empirical skills necessary for the practice of political science. At the same time, the high number and great variety of elective courses give students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in their chosen field of specialization such as comparative politics, political economy, political communication, or political theory. 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 Master’s Programs
Comparative European Politics (Anton Pelinka); Political Change: Evolution, Revolution and Back (Andras Bozoki); Political Economy: Capitalism and Democracy (Dorothee Bohle); Foundations of Political Philosophy (Zoltan Miklosi); 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
The two-year MA program accepts students who, by the time of enrolling, have received at least three years of prior higher education and a Bachelor’s degree (worth at least 180 ECTS credits) in the field of political science or other social science disciplines, economics, philosophy, public policy, or public administration. Those students that lack a political science background will be required to take remediary classes in their first year in order to gain a basic understanding of the discipline. 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).