Central European University (CEU)

Gender Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 10 months
  • Tuition Fee
    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
TheMaster of Arts in Gender Studies program fromCentral European University (CEU) offers a comprehensive focus of study for students with a first degree in a traditional discipline and some prior knowledge in gender analysis. Students undertake coursework in an interdisciplinary range of mandatory and elective classes that examine gender in symbolic, social and theoretical terms.


The one-year MA program in Gender Studies from Central European University (CEU) offers a condensed grounding in interdisciplinary gender studies for students with substantial previous background in gender studies or a related field (a minimum of a four-year BA is required). Applicants are asked to demonstrate their formal or informal exposure to some aspect of gender studies, along with evidence of initial thinking about a broad area of research. The program aims at developing independent and critical thinkers with a broad basic knowledge of gender studies and the skills to approach gender as a key element of social and symbolic order at the local and the global levels. In keeping with these goals, the program introduces students to major theoretical and methodological approaches to gender studies from a range of disciplines. The present faculty includes scholars trained in history, sociology, socio-cultural anthropology, political science, international relations, philosophy, literature, legal studies, rhetoric, and cultural studies. MA students are thus expected to develop their scholarly perspectives through an interdisciplinary lens and beyond their immediate fields of interest.

The program consists of 40 credit hours to be completed over the course of three semesters. In the fall and winter terms, students must complete 32 course credits, including the mandatory courses of Foundations of Gender Studies I and II, a methodology course, and two semesters of Academic Writing. The remaining courses are chosen from among the department’s offerings which cover a range of topics and disciplinary approaches. It is also possible to take classes in other CEU departments. In the spring term, students earn a final 4 credits for the thesis writing workshop and 4 for thesis writing.

By the end of the year, MA students must complete an original research thesis under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The thesis is then defended orally in front of a faculty committee at the end of the academic year and the final text is made publicly available online through the CEU library.


The Master of Arts in Gender Studies fromCentral European University (CEU) isapproved and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Commodification Of The Human Body
  • Academic Writing Part 1
  • Academic Writing Part 2: Thesis Development
  • Communism And Gender: Historical And Global Perspectives
  • Critical Interdisciplinary Approaches To Doing Research In Gender Studies
  • Critical Policy Studies
  • Critical Race Theory: Race And Law From The United States To Europe
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Equality Policy In Comparative Perspective
  • Feminism And Masculinity
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                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • More details:
                    Apply by:
                    • 1st of February for masters and PhD studies with financial aid
                    • 1st of June for self-financing masters studies
                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 10 months
                  • Credits
                    80 ECTS 40 CEU alternative credits
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus
                  • More information Go to the programme website

                  English Language Requirements

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                  Academic Requirements

                  Admission Requirements:

                  • CompletedCEU Application Form 2017/18
                  • Letters of Recommendation
                  • Academic Records
                  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
                  • Program-Specific Requirements
                  • Proof of English Proficiency
                  • Application Fee

                  In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants should submit a 500-word statement of purpose describing:

                  • their interest in the field of gender studies and in the program of the Department of Gender Studies
                  • any relevant experience (academic, professional or personal), and the expected significance of their studies at CEU for their future career goals
                  For more information, please visit programme website.

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    12000 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 10 months.
                  • EU/EEA

                    12000 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 10 months.

                  Living costs for Budapest

                  148,000 - 232,000 HUF/month
                  Living Costs

                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                  CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and provides a variety of merit-based scholarships and tuition awards available to students from any country.

                  • CEU Alumni Scholarships:funded by alumni, are awarded to masters degree students with financial need who have a proven record of leadership in extra-curricular activities, community service and civic engagement.
                  • External Scholarships:administered through CEU, include the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, Erasmus research grants, and other private and public fellowships and scholarships.

                  Student Loans/ students eligible for:

                  • Hungarian Student Loans
                  • U.S. Federal Student Loans
                  • Canadian Student Loans
                  • Other national student loan programs

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