• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The structure of the Political Science - Comparative Politics program from Central European University (CEU) is based on a system of ‘tracks’ (areas of specialization, or ‘majors’). The tracks represent academic fields/sub-fields or research areas that reflect the major strengths and interests of our faculty.
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Overview

The Political Science - Comparative Politics program from Central European University (CEU) focuses on comparative scholarly studies of political institutions, behavior, and processes. 

The track is open to applicants irrespectively of their methodological orientation and approach as long as they aim at rigorous, transparent, empirical analyses of any political phenomena.

Research Opportunities

We merely believe that empirical comparison across contexts is beneficial in any political research irrespectively of whether you are interested in democracies or non-democracies; political elites or citizens; comparative government, political sociology, political communication, economics, or cultural studies; nation-states, empires or local politics; qualitative analysis, experiments or survey data; to mention just a few possibilities.

The track offers a particularly large choice in advanced empirical methods courses and often involves students in joint research with faculty members.

Accreditation

  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
  • Program subject to accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Institutions in Comparative Perspective
  • Political Sociology
  • Political Dynamics
  • Advanced Methods within Comparative Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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    100

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    600

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Academic Writing Submission(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Records
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Standard Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • Completed CEU Application Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Vienna

  • 861 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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