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Department of Cognitive Science

The Department of Cognitive Science is a thriving interdisciplinary department, which offers a PhD program with a comprehensive range of rigorous coursework and active research experience. It is a research-based training program that specializes in but is not limited to the study of the social and biological bases of cognition. 

Department of Economics and Business

The Department of Economics and Business is dynamic and expanding, well established as a leading department in the region, with faculty members from top American and European universities. The department offers innovative, mission-relevant and research-led business, economics, finance, and management education in its MA (in Economics, Economic Policy and Global Economic Relations), MSc (in Business Analytics, Finance and Technology Management) and PhD programs (in Economics and Business Administration). 

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University is an international center of excellence in environmental and sustainability research and teaching with a focus on interdisciplinary and critical scholarship in energy transitions and climate change; environmental and resource governance; environmental justice, politics and humanities; resource management and pollution control; and sustainable management of socio-ecological systems. 

Department of Gender Studies

The Department of Gender Studies strives to meet the growing demand for expertise in gender issues by providing both Master's and doctoral level programs in gender studies, as well as serving as a base for non-degree studies and other activities in the field.

Department of History

The History Department is a thriving part of Central European University (CEU), the only transnational, English-language graduate school in Europe that is accredited both on the Continent (in Hungary) and in the United States. The transnational academic environment challenges our faculty and students to study the past and present using the most innovative methodologies and theoretical frameworks from a global perspective, and to work closely together and learn from one another in order to produce new knowledge and ground-breaking research. 

Department of International Relations

The Department integrates international relations research with regional expertise in the European Union and the wider European neighborhood, Central and East Asia, and the Middle East. Attention is paid to the evolving role of the EU, Russia, China, and the US in international affairs, the rise of new powers and the role of non-state actors in world politics and the global economy.

Department of Legal Studies

The Department of Legal Studies provides high quality advanced legal education and education in human rights. Its programs are among the finest in Europe, enabling students to obtain a solid grounding in fundamental legal concepts in civil law and common law systems and to develop unique skills in comparative analysis. Our students are encouraged to see complex legal and social problems in their broader context and seek solutions across continents and disciplines.

Department of Mathematics and Its Applications

The Department of Mathematics and its Applications offers one of the most recent international Master’s programs in Applied Mathematics within the Bologna framework. The programs aim to satisfy the growing demand for well-trained applied mathematicians. Graduates will hold positions in industry, corporations, banks, research institutes, governmental and EU institutions, and a variety of research or academic fields. The department’s doctoral program covers major branches in both mathematics and its applications, and aims to prepare students for a productive academic career.

Department of Medieval Studies

The Department of Medieval Studies offers multidisciplinary courses on both the Master’s and the doctoral levels to medievalists from diverse backgrounds such as history, art history, archaeology, philology, philosophy and theology.

Department of Network and Data Science

The Department of Network and Data Science at Central European University provides an organizational platform for research in network science, with a special focus on applications to practical social problems. The department offers a PhD program and an Advanced Certificate Program in Network Science. 

Department of Philosophy

The CEU Department of Philosophy offers Master's and Doctoral level education up to the standards of the best international institutions, and its programs are accredited in the United States as well as in Hungary. The Department uniquely combines analytic and historical approaches to philosophy, a feature which allows for a fruitful dialogue between contemporary philosophy and its history.

Department of Political Science

As a community of students, faculty and staff, the Department of Political Science is committed to academic freedom, equal access to education and collegial self-governance. Our ultimate aim is to enable our diverse student body to become successful and influential professionals in the future social, political and academic life of their home countries.

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology offers innovative MA and PhD programs that integrate both disciplines while accommodating a diversity of theoretical perspectives. Our combination of Sociology and Social Anthropology leads to insightful and groundbreaking research, presenting multi-scalar and critical perspectives on current social issues. We are committed to both academic excellence and socially conscious scholarship.

Doctoral School of History

The Doctoral School of History accredited in Hungary was born from the association of two doctoral programs accredited by the New York Board of Regents, US, namely, the Doctoral Program of Medieval Studies (1996) and the Doctoral Program of History (1997).

Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations

The Doctoral School is an academic community home to more than 50 permanent faculty members and over 90 doctoral students. The Doctoral Program in Political Science has been established by the School of Public Policy and Departments of Political Science and International Relations with the aim of contributing to a spirit of cooperation between faculty and students and foster the consolidation of a common academic community across the three departments.

Economics Doctoral School

The Doctoral School in Economics at CEU was launched in 2000. The program has been accredited in the US since the beginning; it obtained Hungarian accreditation in 2005. Each year, 7-8 students are admitted to the program. The Doctoral School provides up-to-date knowledge in economic theory, quantitative methods and several applied fields. Quality education is assured by internationally recognized faculty with research interests in many areas of economics. The program prepares students for careers in education, research and the public sector.

Nationalism Studies Program

The Nationalism Studies Program engages students in empirical and theoretical study of issues of nationalism, self-determination, problems of state formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection, language and citizenship rights and constitutional design in ethnically divided societies. Drawing upon the supranational milieu of CEU, the program encourages a critical, non-sectarian and interdisciplinary approach to the study of nationalism.

Romani Studies Program

Building on CEU's longstanding reputation in enhancing higher education, research, and professional opportunities for Roma, CEU’s Roma Access Programs (RAP) is transformed into the Romani Studies Program (RSP) as of August 1, 2017. RSP is a new academic unit at CEU, encompassing the Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP) and Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative.

School of Public Policy

The School of Public Policy (SPP) is a multidisciplinary institution focused on the study of global public policy issues both in theory and in practice. Through excellence in teaching and research, SPP aims to create an educational experience that involves not only the acquisition of skills and knowledge but also the cultivation of a mindset that emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, cultural awareness and commitment to the public good.

Summer University

CEU’s Summer University (SUN) program is the extension of the university’s mission of promoting research, teaching and social engagement by hosting high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities. Courses, taught by a team of distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), are advertised worldwide to attract graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals.