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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

Tuition fee

Tuition fee: 560 000 HUF (or equivalent in EUR) per semester for EEA applicants, 2400 EUR per semester for non-EEA applicants

Please find the official euro exchange rates here: https://www.mnb.hu/en

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 and 124001

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

Language requirements:

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); 550 (PBT)
  • 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.

Entrance exam information:

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.

Suggested readings:

GLOBAL DIALOGUE Special issue celebrating the 75 years anniversary of publishing The Great Transformation. globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/volume-9-issue-3/

with special attention to:

-        http://globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/the-market-as-statecraft-a-polanyian-reading/ ( Antonino Palumbo) 

-        http://globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/great-transformations-marketizing-east-asia/ ( Jonathan D. London)

-        http://globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/the-road-to-populism/ (Chris Hann)

What to expect and how to prepare?

1. Watch the official introduction of our Sociology MA programme published on the facebook site of CUB's Institute of Sociology and Social Policy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TtUxL30Fy8&feature=youtu.be

2. Besides the personal motivation applicants are expected to mention a few examples of global social trends. The topics are up to the applicants, it can be anything they find interesting - but preferably in line with their motivation letter.

Questions: How can you describe and analyze it, what theories do you know?

The application procedure

Application deadline: 31st May 2020

Application packages should contain the following items:

  • A completed application form (online form)
  • An authenticated copy of the BA/BSc degree
  • An official transcript of studies
  • Curriculum Vitae (with photo and email address, Skype name)
  • A motivation letter (1,500-2,000 characters)
  • A copy of applicant’s passport
  • A copy of receipt proving payment of application fee

Application packages have to be posted in hard copy to the postal address of Corvinus University of Budapest OR have to be sent in an electronic form to nikolett.menyhart@uni-corvinus.hu by the application deadline. Successful candidates receive the certificate of acceptance in online form via E-mail, so that, in case it is applicable, the visa application procedure can be started in time.

Application fee: 120 EUR 

The application fee is non-refundable.

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: https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/specialised-sections/apostille

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.

All application materials should be sent to the following address, by regular mail, postmarked no later than 31st May 2019.

Institute of Sociology and Social Policy
Corvinus University of Budapest
(Room 424)
Közraktár utca 4-6

General information

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


Contact details:

Academic coordinator: Dr. Tamás Bartus: tamas.bartus(at)uni-corvinus(dot)hu

Administrative coordinator:  Menyhárt Nikolett: nikolett.menyhart@uni-corvinus.hu

Website: http://web.uni-corvinus.hu/szoc/sociology_ma.php

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BceTarsadalomtudomanyiKar/


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