Central European University (CEU)

Gender Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 10 months
  • English
The Master of Arts in Gender Studies program from Central 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 from Central European University (CEU) is approved and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

- 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 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

- Completed CEU Application Form 

- 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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    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 Applies to you

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

  • 172338 - 268260 HUF/month
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CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world, and provides generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country. In 2016-2017, 84% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing.

CEU Master's Scholarship: covers up to 100% of tuition, health insurance and a monthly stipend of HUF 96,000 (approx. EUR 310) or HUF 50,000 (approx. EUR 160) to assist with living costs. Single or shared housing in the CEU Residence Center may also be offered to scholarship recipients.

CEU Alumni Scholarships: funded by alumni, are awarded to master’s 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.

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