CEU Programs and Courses
EU delivers a wide range of degree programs at the Master's and Doctoral levels. Click on a link below to learn more about the program or the unit(s) delivering it. Learn more about Master's programs, Doctoral programs, and Erasmus Mundus programs at CEU.
CEU also welcomes applicants wishing to spend a limited period of study as non-degree (exchange or visiting) students.
The admissions requirements below are part of CEU’s general policies. Individual departments may establish additional criteria for admission as deemed necessary, including, but not limited to, specifying appropriate academic backgrounds and requiring higher minimum language test scores.
Eligibility requirements for Master's programs
Applicants must have a first degree from a recognized university or institution of higher education, or provide documentation indicating that they will earn such a first degree before enrolment in a CEU Master's program.
For its one-year US accredited Master's programs, CEU normally accepts students who have completed four years of undergraduate university study. Applicants with a three-year Bachelor's degree will be considered for two-year Master's programs (both for those accredited in the US and in Hungary).
Admission into the US accredited one-year programs with a three-year Bachelor's degree is possible, with the Provost's approval, in particular cases as decided by the department in question.
Eligibility requirements for doctoral programs
Applicants must have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a related field from a recognized university or institution of higher education, or provide documentation indicating that they will earn such a degree before enrolment in a CEU doctoral course of study.
Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CEU must not be simultaneously enrolled in other institutions of higher education, and are required, at the beginning of their studies at CEU, to sign a declaration to this effect.
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other substitute tests listed below.
Applicants whose first language is English are normally exempt from this requirement. Applicants meeting the following requirements may also be exempted:
- current or former CEU students applying to CEU's doctoral programs;
- applicants who have earned a Bachelor's or a Master's degree taught exclusively in English.
Departments may establish additional requirements for admission as deemed necessary. Please see the relevant department for details.
Some CEU departments may interview their candidates as part of the selection process. Individual interviews commence shortly after the first review of the application files, and continue until the relevant notification date. Each department will contact its applicants to make the necessary arrangements. In the case of Skype or telephone interviews, arrangements may be made to invite candidates to a location where their identity can be verified.
Test of Writing Ability
To help make the best possible decision about your application, some departments, such as the Department of Political Science, require a sample of academic writing completed under exam conditions. This requirement is called the Test of Writing Ability (TWA), and it is taken on the same day as the institutional (paper-based) TOEFL test administered in those countries where the institutional TOEFL is used (Central Europe and the former Soviet Union). If you are submitting scores for standard English tests accepted by CEU (or have been granted exemption from standardized English testing), you do not need to complete the TWA as these tests already contain a sample of your writing.
The Test of Writing Ability requires you to write a short essay in response to a given question, asking you to assess the impact of one phenomenon on another (for example, the impact of globalization on education). The essay should be written in a formal academic essay style, and will be evaluated on the basis of your language and writing skills. The TWA is a timed essay; you will have 45 minutes to plan, draft and finish the essay, without using any dictionaries or language books.
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