How to Apply
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To choose from the programs offered by the History Department, please read the descriptions of the 1-Year MA Program and the 2-Year MA Program. Based on your previous training and your current and future interests you should choose the program which is best suited to your needs. For those interested in Doctoral studies, please familiarize yourself with our PhD Program.
Please also consider the non-degree specializations and advanced certificate programs offered by our department. If you are interested in one of them, you should indicate this in your application.
Our admissions process for all degree programs is handled online via the Office of Admissions. Please consult "How to apply" for step-by-step guidelines on how to submit your application and then use the online application form for your desired program.
- MA in Comparative History (ONE YEAR)
- MA in Comparative History: From 1500 to Present Time (Two Years)
- PHD in Comparative History
Should you have any questions about the application process, do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to chat with a current student about our graduate programs and life at CEU, please feel free to contact Adela Hincu at email@example.com.
February 1, 2017
Application deadline for Master’s applicants applying for CEU Financial Aid. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).
Application deadline for the MATILDA European Master in Women's and Gender History.
Deadline for PhD applications.
June 1, 2017
Final application deadline for self-financing applicants to CEU Master’s programs. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).
In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants must provide a 500-word research proposal for the MA thesis (see sample proposal 1 and sample proposal 2), which will be weighted heavily in the admissions decision. The topic is expected to fall within the broad thematic focus of the department, and should be delimited and set out with the greatest possible clarity. Previous work on the subject should also be indicated.
Applicants should also upload a brief, supplementary statement of purpose that explains their interest in our Department. In the statement of purpose applicants can indicate which courses, professors, and research areas they see as especially relevant to their interests. Applicants who consider pursuing one of the specializations and advance certificates offered by the department should also indicate this in the statement of purpose.
Having an undergraduate degree in history is an advantage, but the department also welcomes applications from students in other social science and humanities disciplines.
In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants should submit letters of recommendation from three professors familiar with their post-graduate work and a three-page research proposal (see sample proposal 1 and sample proposal 2). The topic of the proposal should fall within the broad thematic focus of the program, and should address issues of method and substance, as well as previous work done in the field, in appropriate detail.
Applicants should also upload a brief, supplementary motivation letter that explains their interest in our Department. In the motivation letter applicants can indicate which courses, professors, and research areas they see as especially relevant to their interests. Applicants who consider pursuing one of the specializations and advance certificates offered by the department should also indicate this in the motivation letter.
Applications are welcome from candidates with a Master's degree that includes a Master's thesis.
Applicants interested in Nationalism Studies or Jewish Studies at the doctoral level can apply for a PhD in History and should follow the general admissions requirements for the History doctoral program; a joint committee reviews applications. The degree received will be a PhD in History.
Global universities on the lookout for international students generally reserve their largesse for PhD studies, counting on their MA programs to generate fee-paying students. If you are looking for ways to finance MA studies abroad, keep in mind that CEU offers a wider range of financial aid opportunities available to students than most universities.
In recent years, nine out of ten MA students in the History Department have received some form of tuition award (worth up to €12,000). In addition, CEU offers a variety of degree scholarships (including health insurance, stipend, and/or dormitory accommodations) to supplement the (relatively affordable) cost of living in Budapest. More than two thirds of our MA students benefit from various degree fellowships, so that they can devote their full energies to their studies.
Students in financial need may apply for a CEU Alumni Scholarship, which can be used to supplement other financial aid packages provided by the University. If the cost of international study seems daunting, CEU is extremely competitive in keeping MA studies financially accessible to qualified students.
All PhD students receive generously funded three-year fellowships, as well as a variety of further research funding opportunities.
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