The Department of History at the Central European University offers internationally recognized graduate degree programs that cover Eastern, Southeastern, Central European, and Eastern Mediterranean histories, from the early modern period to the present day. The Department encourages students interested in pursuing a graduate degree to apply for the MA and PhD programs.
MA in Comparative History / 1 YEAR / The program is built around the comparative research of early modern, modern and contemporary history. It will encourage you to explore a multitude of scholarly approaches and disciplines, including oral history, historical anthropology, intellectual history, conceptual history, microhistory, urban history and gender history, for a better understanding of European and global processes.
MA in Comparative History: From 1500 to Present Time / 2 YEARS / This program is designed for students with a three-year bachelor’s degree in history or a bordering discipline. Jointly run with CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies, it offers two tracks: one in Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the other in Comparative History from 1500 to Present Time.
PhD in Comparative History / Comparative history is often preached and seldom practiced in advanced historical studies. Our doctoral program focuses on comparing the historical experience in four distinct geo-cultural regions, Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean area, and other historical regions, such as Western Europe and the Middle East.
MA in European Women’s and Gender History (MATILDA) / 2 YEARS / Offered jointly with the Department of Gender Studies, this program provides expertise in women’s and gender history as well as European history. The program is operated by a consortium of universities, two of which will be your home and host institutions. Learn more at history.ceu.edu/matilda.
What you can specialize in: Archives and Evidentiary Practices; Contemporary History; Early Modern Studies; Eastern Mediterranean Studies; History of Science; Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Political Thought; Visual Studies.
What will you study: The Habsburg, Ottoman and Romanov empires and their legacies; Nationalisms and internationalisms; Fascism; Communism and post-communism; Religious studies; Intellectual, cultural and art history; Urban history; Gender history; Visual and media studies; Diplomacy and international relations
Where it will take you
More than half of graduates pursue a career in academia and research. They have been accepted to PhD and postdoctoral programs at universities such as Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton and Yale, and teach all over the world, including Boston, Dublin, Durham, Kyiv, London, Maastricht, St. Petersburg, Singapore, Vienna and Zagreb. Others make use of the transferable skills they gained in business or at international organizations, foundations and governments.
General admissions requirements:
- Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
- Proof of English proficiency
- Letters of recommendation
- Bachelor’s degree in history or a related field in the humanities or the social sciences
- Statement of purpose
- Short research proposal
- Master’s degree in history or a related field
- Research proposal
In 2017-2018, 82% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing. Learn more about how to fund your studies at www.ceu.edu/financialaid