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Apply by February 1, 2024 to be considered for financial aid

All applications must be complete with any applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.). 


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Want to see behind today’s most pressing issues of nationalism?

Apply by February 1, 2024 for a scholarship and study in a US and European accredited MA program at university in Vienna. Be part of our diverse student body taught by an international faculty.

Founded by Ernest Gellner, CEU’s Nationalism Studies Program is one of the few programs in the world dedicated to the study of nationalism, migration, populist politics, ethnic conflict, prejudice, self-determination, populism, minority protection, and language and citizenship rights. 

Fostering critical and cross-discipline approaches, our international faculty brings together a wide spectrum of expertise, such as political science, history, sociology, international relations, anthropology, social theory, social psychology and legal studies.

You will receive advanced methodological training in applied social sciences, and benefit from research opportunities, conferences and lectures, as well as field trips and study visits.


  • CEU Master’s Scholarships: up to 100% of the tuition fee, health insurance; a monthly stipend that enough to cover regular expenses.
  • CEU Master's Tuition Award: up to 100% of the tuition fee; health insurance for the official duration of the program

 In the academic year 2022/2023, 94 percent of our students received CEU funding.

Choose your program

Our MA program comes in two formats. The one-year degree is designed for candidates with a four-year bachelor’s degree, while the two-year version is primarily for graduates with a three-year bachelor’s degree.

  • MA in Nationalism Studies / 1 YEAR
  • MA in Nationalism Studies / 2 YEARS
  • PhD (Minor in Nationalism Studies under the auspices of the Nationalism Studies Program and the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations

What you will study

  • The global challenge of migration
  • Populism and right-wing politics
  • The sociology and social psychology of ethnic prejudice
  • Transnational citizenship and diasporas
  • Nationalist politics and democracy
  • Anthropological approaches to race and ethnicity
  • Religious nationalism
  • Self-determination and international minority protection
  • Jews and Roma in comparative perspective
  • Nationalism in Southeastern Europe

Check our full curriculum here.

Take a look at the theses submitted by our masters students.

Where it will take you 

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Our Faculty

Why CEU?

  • Students and faculty from 115 countries
  • Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
  • Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
  • 8:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Bi-campus university based in Budapest and Vienna, the heart of Europe
  • Generous scholarships available

Meet the community

Want a sneak peek into life on campus? Check what the department and CEU have in store for students all year round. For first-hand experiences, connect with CEU students and alumni or catch up with our #MyCEU series, where students, staff and faculty tell their CEU story.

Apply by

  • February 1st, 2024 for master’s and PhD studies with financial aid 
  • March 15th, 2024 for self-financing master’s studies outside of the EU applicants
  • August 15th, 2024 for self-financing master's studies for EU applicants 

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Our faculty and staff are happy to help you with questions related to research plans as well as the application procedure.

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