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MA in International Relations


CUB's Master of Arts in International Relations is a two-year English-language program training future specialists of regional and international affairs with a comprehensive understanding of world politics and international relations. It is ideal preparation for those who wish to pursue a career in public administration, international institutions, NGOs or multinational companies based or operating within Central and Eastern Europe, but it does provide a more global outlook at the same time.

The program is hosted by CUB's Institute of International Studies where students have the opportunity to choose from a selection of area specialist as well as language courses to build up a useful portfolio. In addition, the program has a multidisciplinary scope with strong IR, international legal and world economics dimensions. A solid background in the social sciences and a variety of generalist courses, such as Theories of International Relations and Comparative Foreign Policy, are offered, as well as a focus on European Union affairs and Central and Eastern Europe's interaction with the wider context of world politics and the global economy. The emphasis is on training students empowered with the analytical (interpretive, critical thinking and problem-solving) skills that enable them to use knowledge for practical purposes.

The basic aim of the program is to train specialists with a wide horizon of social sciences to a high level, so that they will be able to understand the theoretical and practical correspondences in international relations. Students acquire high-level competence in foreign languages, negotiating techniques and in the rules of protocol. Their professional aptitude gained through a comprehensive training in history, international politics, international law and other fields of social sciences enables them to analyze and synthesize complex issues, understand and make predictions about the political, legal and economic processes of international relations. Upon completing these studies the students will be armed with all the theoretical and practical knowledge that a Master’s program can provide and as an additional bonus, they would be able to locate the perspectives of the Central East European (CEE) region amid the complexities of the international system as well as interpreting the EU’s role and position in world politics and the world economy. Likewise, the qualified students would have an understanding of the development tendencies in areas out of Europe. The program offers a choice for a future career in public administration, international institutions, NGOs or multinational companies.

The program is fully in English.

MSc in International Economy and Business


The aim of this program is to train graduates with a thorough understanding of the processes of international economy, ranging from the fields of international business and economics to international politics and international law. This qualification should be attractive to students seeking analytical and business skills in an international context.

The core content of the program reflects the increasing globalization and continuous evolution of international economics and business management. Besides giving a sound methodological foundation in statistics and micro- and macroeconomic theory, the program addresses the main aspects of the global economy: among others, trade, finance, factoring and information flows, multinational corporations, corporate strategies, international organizations, development, regionalism and integration or intellectual property.

The objective of the program is to give students a firm theoretical background and teach them how to put theory into practice. To reap the full benefits of the program, active student participation in individual and group work is highly recommended. 

The courses of the program are divided into five categories: catch-up courses, mandatory core courses, specialization courses, and elective courses.

As a preparation for the Master’s program, applicants are offered the option to take catch-up courses in the frame of a half-year preparatory program. The preparatory program includes reviews on basic fields essential to understand international economy and business, thus, for instance in microeconomics, macroeconomics or in statistics.

In the first year, students take courses in economic theory and quantitative methods, and also get an introduction to international economics, international political economy and international financial markets.

In the second year, students choose one of the following specializations:

  • International Development
  • International Economic Analysis
  • Economy and Business in Central and Eastern Europe (available for those taking part in a Double Degree Program)
  • European Union Economic Policy Analyst (currently inactive)

To learn more about the life of the Institute organising the International Economy and Business MSc programme check out their facebook page.

The Joint European Master Programme in Comparative Local Development

The Joint European Master Programme in Comparative Local Development is a 2-year Erasmus+ Master Programme organized by the consortium of Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Regensburg (Germany) and University of Trento (Italy).

As a multidisciplinary programme CoDe brings together scholars and participants from various fields. Partners of the programme believe that the multifaceted challenges of local development necessitate a comprehensive approach and accordingly, involve scholars and experts from the fields of Economics, Social Sciences and Law as well as from other disciplines relevant to local development (e.g., environmental engineering).

Furthermore, Master CoDe is an encouraging international studying community. Since 2001 259 students attended the master programme: 161 from Europe, 26 from Africa, 63 from Asia and 9 from America. Women participation in the programme has so far been above 50%.

Objectives of Master CoDe

The Master CoDe programme offers knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and co-ordinating processes of change and transformation at the local level. The focus of the programme falls on local development, specifically: considering public, private and non-governmental actors as fundamental agents of change; questions related to social stability and economic prosperity, in conformity with the European standards and best practice. The general approach is comparative and interdisciplinary.

The programme bridges universities, local authorities, firms and other organizations all over the world with its extended partnership.

For further information please visit this website.

MSc in Regional and Environmental Economics


The goal of the master programme is to provide an introduction to development policy at the international and regional level for students with bachelor degrees in Economics, Geography or other related areas. Our students acquire extensive knowledge of Environmental Economics (i.e. sustainability issues) and wide range of strategic planning and management skills focusing mainly on the public sector.


The Institute of Economic Geography, Geoeconomy and Sustainable Development is committed to providing the highest quality regional and environmental economics programme in East-Central Europe. Therefore, the programme is characterised by interactive and on-site practical classes, group projects, with a strong focus on the international dimension as well as the exploration of alternative economic schools of thought.


MA in Regional and Environmental Economics provides an excellent opportunity to get familiar with public planning and environment protection, as well as standards, trends and approaches of policy-making and regulation from an international point of view. The program also offers an insight into the Central-Eastern European region’s specific challenges and perspectives. The programme places strong emphasis on practise, therefore students of the program are supported to get traineeship positions at Hungarian organisations, companies and EU institutions.


The two year programme provides altogether 120 ECTS credits. Core courses cover the following areas: regional economics and policy, geopolitics, geographical information systems, urban and regional marketing, development policy and regional development, urban studies, sustainability and climate policy, advanced environmental economics, corporate sustainability and CSR.


Further information on the page of the Institute of Economic Geography, Geoeconomy and Sustainable Development, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.

MA in Communication and Media Science

Having had a successful bachelor program for years in English language, the Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theory now provides further opportunity to students to extend their professional knowledge and language skills with its newly launched English MA in Communication and Media Science.

The aim of this two-year practice-oriented Communication and Media master program is to train communication and media experts who are able to adapt to the volatile challenges of the labour market and possess the ability to work for and lead various communication/media organizations by gaining an internationally recognized academic qualification.

The major fields of the program include interpersonal, social, strategic (planned) and new media communication, the managing of media and the planning of creative campaigns. To deepen our students’ knowledge the curriculum contains subjects such as Creative Visuality, Cognitive Psychology, Digital Publics and Data-Journalism, among many others.

Besides the wide subject portfolio offered, the most important features of the program are its student-centred aspect and project-based methodology. It encourages students to get engaged with scientific and professional projects addressing real-life phenomena through inquiry-based, constructive and experimental teaching methods.

The program offers three different specializations:

  •   Political Communication
  •  International Communication and
  • Developmental Communication in Organizations.

With each of these the program enables students with the master’s degree students to fill in leading positions in their future work. Besides, our master’s program can also serve as a path towards the academic field with an exceptional opportunity. The one and only English language doctoral school of communication theory in the region is also hosted by the Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theory, so MA students are welcome to find out more about academic careers in the fields of communication and media.

For further information contact/see:

Dr. Gábor Kovács:

Judit Sebestény:



MA in Sociology

 Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology of Corvinus University of Budapest with specialization in Global Social Studies

Since the emergence of a market-based global economy and its global chains linking distant countries with different developmental levels in an open space, most social processes and outcomes can only be substantively understood with a global perspective. Technological change, labour market processes, population development, urbanization, migration, social inequality systems, gender relations, religiosity and their media representation should be analysed in a global and local interplay. As a consequence, scholars can illustrate how local development fits into global processes i.e., what conflicts, contradictions emerge in the social arena and how various global or local social actors, including families, corporations or public actors, react; moreover, how actors position themselves in this vastly unequal global space.

This four-semester Masters programme aims to equip students with fresh theoretical perspectives and analytical skills needed in understanding global social dynamics and comparative developments. It focuses on the deep understanding of contemporary concepts and theories related to global social change and is designed to teach the students the importance of critical analysis of social processes and problems in a global versus local framework.

Relying on both classic and contemporary insights the program will assist students in understanding and professionally interpreting concepts such as: population, migration, poverty, internal mechanisms of market society, hegemony and dominance, the social impact and functioning of corporations, the role of technological development (including the  impact of advancement of online communication, digital surveillance, robots, artificial intelligence, smart cities) in the context of global social change and globalization. We also focus on power relations among and within societies, gender, race and ethnicity as an interplay between global and local processes, the demographic implications of work regimes and the current emergence of a global labour market. Understanding, interpreting and, most importantly, critically analysing these issues requires a careful study of the changed role of the state, its social and economic institutions and the public policy context, as well as sound empirical research to provide convincing evidence including the use of global statistical and social media data, which will be introduced during this program.

The curriculum includes several classes in quantitative and qualitative methodology aimed to equip students with up-to-date research methods and analytical skills. Students will learn how to collect and organize cross-national and large-scale data such as UN, World Bank, Eurostat, OECD and social media databases in an efficient way; how to analyse comparative data, longitudinal data and social network data; and how to design and implement online qualitative and quantitative research. This includes how to analyse interviews, texts, social media contents with qualitative and quantitative data analysis software. The assessment of public policy interventions will also be addressed using both quantitative and participatory methods.

Our programme is research and practice oriented. In the final semester our students enter into an internship in various local and global organizations, which will broaden their work experience and serve to refine their final thesis research topic.

Under the guidance of internationally renowned scholars, throughout their studies our students learn in an international student environment and will have the opportunity to study in another European university within the Erasmus Mundus framework as well as other exchange programmes. Depending on the progress in their own research project, students can take part in Student Scientific Research Competitions, publish in sociological journals, and continue their studies in our Ph.D. in Sociology programme.


Career opportunities: The MA offers a range of internship possibilities which together with skills and knowledge attained during the MA facilitate good career opportunities including the following:

  • Local, national or global organizations including United Nations, OECD, developmental banks;
  • Local and global nongovernmental organizations;
  • Government authorities;
  • Research institutes, think tanks, universities;
  • Public or private sector companies




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