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Application requirements for International Relations

Tuition fee

Tuition fee: 590 000 HUF (or equivalent in EUR) per semester for EEA applicants, €2400 per semester for non-EEA applicants

Please find the official euro exchange rates here:

Bank account details for paying application fee

Bank: OTP Bank Nyrt.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Nador utca 16.
Account holder: Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem
Bank account No.: 11784009-22229896-00000000
IBAN No.: HU 92 11784009 22229896 00000000

When making the transfer, under “comments” please add: „ your name IR/MA 121000"

Kindly note that all additional bank charges have to be covered by the applicant, thus it is advised to calculate the transferred amount accordingly.

Entry requirements

For the Master of Arts program we expect applications from students already in possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in International Relations or in other social sciences (see further conditions below) who are interested in current political, economic and social issues in the European Union, in Central and Eastern Europe and Hungary. Native speakers and applicants who have completed their Bachelor's and/or Master's studies in English will be exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency. As proof of language proficiency, non-native English applicants must have one of the language certificates listed below:

  • valid TOEFL Score of a minimum of 79 points (iBT); 213 (CBT)
  • valid IELTS of an overall band of 6.5 or higher
  • other international B2-level English-language exam certificate

If you have any other similar-level English-language proficiency test result, please contact the program coordinator regarding its validity

Application procedure

Essay submission and other information

Applicants have to submit an original essay of 2,000 to 4,000 words by e-mail, on either of the following topics* (the choice of the candidate in this case is optional):

  • topic 1: Introduce a contemporary human rights issue, providing detailed analysis thereof, and offer policy recommendations as to how to deal with it.
  • topic 2:Analyse the prospects of Sino-US relations with a view to trade and security issues.
  • topic 3: Assess the present trends and the future of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Applicants are invited to consider either (but only one) of these two subjects from an original angle. The focus of the essay should be to argue in favour of a central thesis, and to submit appropriately referenced evidence in support of this thesis.

Please send your essay in an attachment to your message to the following two e-mail addresses: Dr. Péter Marton at peter.marton(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu or to Ms. Nikolett Menyhárt at nikolett.menyhart(at)

In the subject line, please make sure to include: "Application: Corvinus Master of Arts in IR - Essay submission." Also, please make sure to include your full name and your contact details (e-mail and phone number) on the cover page of your essay.

Beyond the essay submission, although there is no oral entrance examination for the program, the Admissions Board may contact any applicant for a personal interview. (Otherwise, for its final decision the board will consider primarily the admission materials submitted by the applicants.) Preliminary decisions will be made - and communicated to the applicants – not later than 15th June 2020. Personal interviews are then to be expected during the course of June. Please let us know whether you prefer to be informed about the decision of the Admissions Board and other developments by regular or electronic mail.

The final decision will be announced in early August 2020.

Entrance exam:

Oral exam: A telephone or Skype interview

The purpose of the interview is to measure applicants’ verbal competences, as well as to learn about their motivation for joining a program. Interviews are evaluated, among others, on the basis of how successful applicants are in communicating their ideas, what career plans they have in mind or how they think they can benefit from the Master’s program in order to meet their future goals.

If you are accepted to the program, the official Letter of Acceptance will be issued only after you have submitted the apostilled (or diplomatically legalized) version of your degree to your coordinator. For this reason, we suggest that you make arrangements for the apostille/diplomatic legalization as soon as you have been awarded the degree as it may take time to get the apostille/diplomatic legalization.

For detailed information on apostilles, please check here:

If the country where your diploma originated is not a member of the Apostille Convention, your diploma must be diplomatically legalized by the foreign ministry of the country in which the document originated, and then by the Hungarian Consulate of your home country.

Application materials to be submitted by regular mail

  • Officially translated copy of the applicant's transcript and previous degree(s)
  • Scanned report of the applicant's computer-based TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent language exam score
  • Filled in application form »
  • Short CV
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors of the applicant
  • Copy of the photo-page of the applicant’s passport
  • The university charges applicants a €120 (non-refundable) Application Fee; the applicant needs to send the payment justification of this fee along with the rest of the application package (see bank account details below).
  • Essay (of 2,000 to 4,000 words, on the topic indicated above).

All successful applicants must present their original documents no later than the first day of the academic year 2020/2021.

Conditions regarding the applicant’s previous degree for non-Bologna students and students with degrees from studies only partly related to the field of International Relations

  • Applicants from countries that have not signed The Lisbon Recognition Convention are expected to submit a written petition for the acceptance (pdf | doc) of their degree before 31 May 2020, and submit it together with their application package. A four-member Commission on behalf of the Institution will assess the petition.
  • Applicants who are non-Bologna students (students of programs designated in Act CCIV of 2011): admission requires a university or college degree with the following conditions.

The total number of credits is taken into account for the following:

  • undergraduate degree in International Studies
  • university-level degree in International Relations
  • college-level degree in International Relations
  • university-level degree in International Studies

·         Undergraduate degrees and the credits earned for them that can be considered:
Communication and media studies, Political Sciences or politology, sociology, Social Sciences, cultural anthropology, social worker, social pedagogy, computer engineer and librarian, applied economics, economic analysis, public administration, business administration and management, sales and marketing, human resources, international business, finance and accounting, tourism and hospitality, business education, public governance, international management, security and defense, border controls and defence manager, national security, military management, history, British Studies, German Studies, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, Romani Studies, Oriental Studies, BA in Humanities.
Graduates of these programs can only apply if they have the equivalent of at least 30 ECTS credit points from the fields below. This pertains to all students, that is, both those with Bologna and those with non-Bologna (i.e. with “traditional” college and university degrees according to Act CCIV of 2011). Said fields are:

  • Social Sciences: sociology: sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology.
  • Legal and managerial sciences: public law, constitutional law, public administration, public policy, business law, international law.
  • Economic studies: economics, macro- and microeconomics, corporate management, finances.
  • Political Science: political philosophy, political geography, history of political thought, international relations.
  • Historical, cultural and linguistic studies: economic, social and cultural history, linguistics, philology.
  • Students admitted must eventually earn a total of 60 ECTS credit points accumulated from the study areas above, by the end of the Master's program. At least 30 credit points must be obtained from the preceding studies as indicated earlier, and the rest is to be acquired in parallel with the Master’s program, during the first two semesters after admittance, in accordance with CUB's Rules and Regulations of Studies and Examination.
  • The Institution’s Credit Transfer Board decides on the recognition of previously earned credit points in the framework of its credit recognition procedure. The documents verifying earlier studies (a copy of the applicant’s transcript or certificate supplement) should be sent together with the application package.


All application materials should be sent to the following address, by regular mail, postmarked no later than 31 May 2020.

Institute of International Studies
Corvinus University of Budapest
(Room 508)
Közraktár utca 4-6

For further information please contact Dr. Péter Marton at peter.marton(at) or Ms. Nikolett Menyhárt at nikolett.menyhart(at)

Application deadline

Applications postmarked later than 31st May 2020 will not be considered.


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