MA in International Relations


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Program Description

The goal of this program is to offer students in-depth knowledge on the topics of globalization, international institutions, security, development studies, and human rights. It enables our graduate students to understand and analyze complex political and social problems that go beyond state borders and cultural boundaries.

This program is recommended to applicants who are interested in politics, social problems and interactions between different nations and cultures. While we prefer to accept students with in-depth knowledge in political science or international relations, our program is designed in a way to offer the opportunity for students with a different background to catch up with their peers during the first semesters if they are dedicated enough.

This program enables students to work independently and also as members of a team. We help them to develop skills of adaptability and self-reflexivity that are crucial in today’s fast-changing world. Our aim is to give our students skills and knowledge that could be readily used whether they seek employment in the public or the private sphere.

Tracks/ Specializations

Following an introductory semester on advanced classes of international relations and political science in the second semester, students can choose from one of the following specializations:

  • Citizenship Studies
  • European development and foreign policy
  • Human Rights
  • Security Studies

Strength of program

The MA in international Relations offers intensive training in four fields of specialization following an introductory semester. Classes are predominantly seminars of few students taking part in an intensive training of completing numerous written and oral assignments. Instructors in the program include academics, but also professionals with ongoing experience at international organizations to offer students an internal perspective into how IR is ‘done in the field’.

Career opportunities

Our graduates may seek employment at international institutions, the private sector, the media or at NGOs.

Job examples

Foreign Policy Analyst; Lobbyist; Project coordinator (public/private/non-profit); Political Advisor; administrative jobs in the state bureaucracy and at private enterprises.

Admission requirements

Language requirements
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): C1
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): C1
Documents to submit with the application
  • Application form
  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Copy of application fee transfer
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

The applications are examined by the Admission Board and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system.

  • Type of entrance examination: oral
  • Place of entrance examination: Skype

Further details of the entrance exam: If the applicant lives abroad, then the examination will be held via skype.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) - in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations - is a prestigious institution of public higher education in ... Read More

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) - in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations - is a prestigious institution of public higher education in Hungary, operating continuously since its inception in 1635. As a top-ranked research university in Hungary, it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants as well as alma mater of five Nobel laureates and leading figures in technology, public policy, and culture in Hungary. Read less
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