Advanced Certificate Programs

CEU offers non-degree advanced certificate programs for its enrolled students (conditions of eligibility may vary depending on the program). External applicants are not eligible to enroll.

Network Science

This program (within PhD programs in Economics, Political Science and Environmental Sciences and Policy) will award a non-degree Advanced Certificate in network science, coordinated by the Department of Network and Data Science at CEU (CEU DNDS). Students will enroll and receive their PhD degrees in either the Department of Economics, Political Science or Environmental Sciences and Policy. CEU DNDS provides an organizational platform for research in network science, with a special focus on applications to practical social problems. The particular strength of the Department is in its diverse interdisciplinary faculty, and the intellectual leadership of Albert-László Barabási, a part-time faculty member of the Department. Faculty at the Department of Network and Data Science offer courses on the core ideas of network science, on methods of network science, and applications in economics, political science and environmental science. Faculty will also engage in co-supervising PhD students.

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Religious Studies

The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies, coordinated by the Center for Religious Studies, is an inter-departmental and cross-disciplinary program giving students from participating departments the opportunity to pursue comprehensive religion-related studies at CEU. This includes accesses to university-wide, specialist courses in comparative religious studies and the history of religions as well as one-on-one supervision on their religion-related thesis. In addition, and in the context of the Center, the Advanced Certificate program provides enrolled students special access to the field’s leading experts and cutting-edge scholars, to participate in interactive academic sessions, and a variety of other facilities designed for their academic engagement and development.

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Eastern Mediterranean Studies

The Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies (EMS), coordinated by the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, offers students from the Departments of History and Medieval Studies an innovative diachronic approach, from late antiquity to the modern age, focusing on a geographical area at the crossroads of cultures and thereby unusually rich in its intellectual, social, institutional, and cultural heritage. At the same time, however, it encourages the synchronic – both comparative and connected – approaches to the imperial polities that lay claim to the Roman inheritance (or rivaled them). Just as the rise of the Roman-Byzantine imperial order was coterminous with the Sasanian and, later, with the rise of Islamic Caliphate as well as Eurasian Steppe Empires, the subsequent rise of the Ottoman Empire was likewise coterminous to the rise of the Habsburg, Safavid, Qajar and Russian empires – all of which fashioned themselves as universalist orders and claimed similar Roman-Byzantine traditions, institutions, and imperial trappings. By cutting through traditional chronological, geographical and disciplinary boundaries, EMS presents students with a unique opportunity to explore how various and successive traditions were appropriated by and adjusted to the realities of medieval, early modern and modern polities in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. Conceived as a connected and comparative history of the empires in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond, the Advanced Certificate in EMS builds on the already existing CEU faculty research and expertise, consolidates the innovative curriculum developed in the last five years, and brings the departments of History and Medieval Studies even closer together while simultaneously opening up current historiographic, thematic and historical issues to students and faculty from other departments.

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Political Thought

The Advanced Certificate in Political Thought (ACPT) focuses on the comparative, historical and contextual exploration of Political Thought. The ACPT works between the Departments of Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Medieval Studies, and Political Science. Students pursuing the Advanced Certificate in Political Thought as part of their studies in the participating departments will engage in the comparative study of political thought from a variety of perspectives. Special attention will be given to the historicity of diverse political traditions but also to recurring themes and questions. The curriculum introduces the students to political thought both within and outside the Western canon. Further, the ACPT aims to provide a specific professional framework for the participating students and faculty, by linking the program to transnational networks, generating faculty interaction, research and co-teaching. Each fall term the program with offer a core course “Introduction to Political Thought”, where members of different CEU departments will introduce their various perspectives on political thought.

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Inequality Analysis: CEU US Extension Site Program

Economic inequality is a key concern in economics and public policy. The rise in inequality that occurred during the 1970s and early 1980s stimulated interest in the study of its causes and consequences. The subsequent surge in globalization over the 1990s and early 2000s created a situation in which economic growth and prosperity no longer dramatically reduced economic inequality. The persistence of inequalities within nations and across nations demands innovative policy responses. From the World Bank to the United Nations to governments throughout the world, a greater understanding of wealth distribution is a necessary skill in today’s policy landscape. To contribute to addressing this need, Central European University and Bard College’s Levy Economics Institute are pairing in a joint Advanced Certificate in Inequality Analysis that will take place at the Levy Institute and CEU’s Extension site in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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Visual Theory and Practice

The Advanced Certificate in Visual Theory and Practice (VTP) will offer students the core knowledge and the skills to pursue visual research related to their own fields of study. This cross-disciplinary program will give MA and PhD students the opportunity to engage with visuality and visual methodologies during their studies. This includes access to courses on the theory and practice of working with visual imagery as well as one-on-one supervision on a thesis that centers on the analysis of visual material or the production of a visual project. Additional activities include seminar courses, public lectures, conferences, workshops and public programs organized by faculty, invited guests and artists in residence. Through such activities, students will become familiar with, and engage in, interdisciplinary dialogues on visual imagery across various fields of study.

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