“’Studying at the Department of Political Science is challenging but also highly motivating. The faculty and colleagues have greatly inspired me both as a person and as a researcher. What I have learned in the past two years and whatever I accomplish in my future career will have CEU’s imprint. In this multicultural environment I have also grown a lot as a person and I will be forever grateful for all the people I had the chance to meet here and work with.”

The Department of Political Science at Central European University (CEU) focuses on several areas of political science, with a particular emphasis on comparative politics and political economy. Talented young people from all over the world have the opportunity to study in small classes in close collaboration with internationally renowned scholars, and receive top-notch training in research methods and data analysis techniques. CEU’s programs related to politics and international studies have been ranked in the top 50 in the world and top 10 in Europe in the last five years by the QS World University subject ranking.

Programs offered

  • Master of Arts in Political Science / 1 year
  • Master of Arts in Political Science / 2 years

Research areas

  • Democracy, democratization and autocratic regimes
  • Political institutions
  • Parties, elections and voting
  • Comparative political economy
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Media and political communication
  • Analytical and normative political theory
  • Constitutional theory
  • Political sociology
  • Divided societies
  • Social movements 

Why CEU?

  • Students and faculty from 115 countries
  • Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
  • Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
  • 8:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Based in Budapest, the heart of Europe 

Scholarships available
CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world, and provides generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country. In 2016-2017, 84% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition fee awards to scholarships with stipends and housing.

Apply by: 

  • February 1, 2018 for master’s studies with financial aid
  • June 1, 2018 for self-financing master’s studies 

Find out more about CEU programs, admissions requirements and available funding options here.