Doctoral Degrees

CEU is committed to academic excellence and offers a broad range of research opportunities. Additionally, CEU encourages international research through its support programs.

CEU doctoral programs, typically for students with a master's degree in a related field, normally take between three and six years to complete. For further information, see University Doctoral Regulations.

  • First year: students must complete the taught course credits specified by their department. Dependent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive examination and a dissertation proposal (or an extensive research paper), students are approved for full doctoral candidacy.
  • Years two to six: the period of doctoral candidacy, in which the student pursues research toward the dissertation.

Doctoral Programs

  • PhD in:
    • Business Administration
    • Cognitive Science
    • Comparative Gender Studies
    • Comparative History
    • Economics
    • Environmental Sciences and Policy
    • Mathematics and its Applications
    • Medieval Studies
    • Network Science
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • SJD in:
    • Legal Studies

International Research

Students who are approved for full doctoral candidacy are offered an additional edge: experience in another country; access to resources which enhance their research; and opportunities to make contacts which will help them professionally after completing their degree.

Opportunities for international research are aided by the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, which funds students' living costs while abroad.

As a founding member of the Open Society University Network (OSUN), CEU has established the OSUN Modular Doctoral Fellowship program. The program supports junior faculty of select OSUN universities who wish to undertake doctoral studies at a leading institution of graduate education in the social sciences and humanities while maintaining their academic positions and continuing teaching at home universities. The Fellowships are flexibly structured with intermittent periods of residential studies at CEU and cover tuition, travel and living stipends for residencies.