MA Programs

1 YEAR MA PROGRAM

Degree offered: Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology (MA)

Average length of study: one year

Graduation requirements: 34 course credits; thesis and its defense (8 credits)

Information for Prospective Students: http://www.ceu.hu/admissions

Online Application form: https://www.ceu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/application-forms

The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology offers a one-year Masters of Arts degree accredited on the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (US) for and behalf of the New York State Education Department. The primary goal of the program is to enable students to deepen and broaden their knowledge of theory & methodology in sociology and anthropology. Through a wide range of courses on social theory, migration, globalization, institutional change, urban processes, development and law, the students are encouraged to articulate their own stance bridging the two disciplines in the topics they study. The program helps develop the necessary research skills by offering a solid training in methodology.

Eligibility & application for the Master's Program

In addition to the general CEU admissions requirements (http://www.ceu.edu/admissions/who-can-apply), applicants to the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology must provide a 500-word research proposal. The topic should fall within the broad thematic focus of the department and the areas of interest of its faculty. Previous work on the subject as well as research experience in related fields, if any, should also be mentioned. The inclusion of recommendation letters and an English language writing sample, (preferably a chapter from the undergraduate thesis) is a must. Prevoius undergraduate training in sociology and/or anthropology is an advantage but not a requirement. The required minimum TOEFL score is 570.

Admission into the One Year program normally requires a 4 year degree. In suitable cases, exceptions can be made. Requests of this kind should be indicated in the cover letter or the beginning of the resume.

Structure of the Master's Program

The Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology consists of Pre-Session training, two semesters of course work and a Spring Session. The Pre-Session includes academic writing support to improve the student's written and spoken English, basic computer training and an orientation to CEU and Budapest.

During the Fall and Winter Semester students are required to attend courses regularly. During the Spring Semester students write their MA theses. Courses are generally in seminar format, including lectures and discussions. They require active participation on the students' part.

During the academic year students can attend a variety of workshops, seminars as well as lectures presented by visiting faculty or guest lecturers.

 

2 YEAR MA PROGRAM

Degree offered: Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology with Specialization in Global and Urban Studies

Average length of study: two year

Graduation requirements: 38 course credits; 24 research credits (fieldwork, thesis, and thesis defence).

Information for Prospective Students: http://www.ceu.hu/admissions

Online Application form: https://www.ceu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/application-forms

The Two Year MA aims to present students a wide range of theories and methods in sociology and social anthropology while examining their interaction and integration in the study of globalization and urban studies. The study of globalization and of urban studies is conceived in the department as both a material and a formal object. We study global and urban processes as such, but we also work with a variety of local and urban sites as windows onto the larger scale processes of globalization. The ‘global’ historically has been produced on other levels as well and grows in the interplay of various scales, of which the urban is a privileged one. We see the city as constitutive of the global and an important venue to explore the spatial dynamics of globalization and the scales of power and governance structures.

The Two Year MA has a strong research component. One semester is to be devoted to research for a thesis.

The Two Tear Program is recommended for those who wish to pursue a deeper research agenda with a marked interest in global and urban issues broadly understood. Similar intellectual agendas can be followed in the One Year Program as well, but the two year program also offers the possibility of Specialization in Urban and Global Studies. 

Eligibility & application for the Master's Program

According to general CEU rules, candidates with a 3-year BA degree are normally considered for the Two Year Program. Admission into the One Year Program is possible in suitable cases but a request for exception should be indicated in the cover letter or the beginning of the resume.

In addition to the general CEU admissions requirements (http://www.ceu.edu/admissions/who-can-apply), applicants to the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology must provide a 500-word research proposal. The topic should preferably fall within the thematic focus of the Two Year MA. Previous work on the subject as well as research experience in related fields, if any, should also be mentioned. Inclusion of a writing sample in English, (preferably a chapter from the undergraduate thesis) is required. Previous undergraduate training in sociology and/or anthropology is an advantage but not a requirement.

Structure of the Master's Program

The Two Year MA consists of three semesters of coursework, one semester of fieldwork and one semester devoted to thesis writing and including a thesis writing workshop.

Courses are generally in seminar format, including lectures and discussions. They require active participation on the students' part.

During the academic year students can attend a variety of workshops, seminars as well as lectures presented by visiting faculty or guest lecturers.