Through its rich interdisciplinary curriculum, CEU facilitates academic dialogue, emphasizing respect for—and sensitivity to—differences among people and ideas. Educational innovation is part of the university's continuing contribution to the region as well as to other countries experiencing emerging democracies.
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Department of Cognitive Science
The Department of Cognitive Science is a thriving interdisciplinary department, which offers a PhD program with a comprehensive range of rigorous coursework and active research experience. It is a research-based training program that specializes in – but is not limited to – the study of the social and biological bases of cognition. Research topics include cooperation, communication, social learning, cultural transmission, joint action, developmental social cognition, neural bases of cognition, strategic decision making, visual cognition, statistical learning, and cognitive neuroscience.
Students take courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive anthropology, computational and biological cognition, vision and linguistics. They receive practical training and join the research programs in the laboratories of the members of the department.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Cognitive Science is 3:1.
Department of Economics and Business
The Department of Economics and Business is dynamic and expanding, well-established as a leading department in the region, and has faculty members from top American and European universities. The department offers innovative, mission-relevant and research-led business, economics, finance, and management education in its MA (in Economics, Economic Policy and Global Economic Relations), MSc (in Business Analytics, Finance and Technology Management) and PhD programs (in Economics and Business Administration).
In our MA and Economics PhD programs rigorous coursework includes core economic theory (microeconomics and macroeconomics) and econometrics, as well as study of many applied fields, including labor economics, health economics and economics of education, industrial organization, international economics, law and economics, and corporate governance, among others.
In our MSc and Business PhD programs, quantitative professionals learn critical leadership and business skills, while business leaders learn to integrate key technological trends and issues in their strategic thinking. Our objective is to put business leaders and quantitative professionals in the same classroom so that they can inspire and learn from one another. Our vision also recognizes the growing social significance of management professionals.
Delivered as part of the department, the CEU Executive MBA (EMBA) for the Open World is a mid-career management program for professionals with at least 8 years of experience, including 3 years of leadership experience, who want to transform their professional future by moving from operational and functional expertise to positions of strategic responsibility. A tailor-made program for working managers, it allows participants to earn a US & EU-accredited MBA degree in nine blocked modules of each 4 to 9 days, scheduled over 2 years to minimize disruption to the work and life. Six of the modules take place at CEU's brand new Vienna campus and three at CEU's Budapest campus.
The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy is a center of excellence in research on environmental policy and management, offering a comprehensive curriculum for ambitious, intellectually advanced graduate students.
Both general academic and specialized knowledge in a variety of related fields are offered. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems; leading environmental academics from around the world contribute to both the taught curriculum and fieldwork. The programs' focus is on international or trans-boundary problems in sustainable environmental development.
The department also serves as a focal point in a network of collaborating scientists and environmental professionals from developed and developing countries worldwide.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy is 7:1.
Department of Gender Studies
The Department of Gender Studies meets the growing demand for expertise in gender issues by providing both master's and doctoral-level programs in gender studies, as well as serving as a base for non-degree studies and other activities in the field.
The department attracts students from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities, and focuses on integrative and comparative approaches in gender studies. A rich variety of intertwined scholarly interests (such as gender and (post) state-socialist studies, nationalism, theory, cultural studies, transnationalism, and international political movements) are emphasized. With an important (but not exclusive) focus on Central and Eastern Europe, both the master's and doctoral programs seek to contribute to the development of socially relevant knowledge based on these approaches, and to critically interrogate past and present developments related to gender in culture and society.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Gender Studies is 8:1.
Department of History
The Department of History offers programs of considerable breadth, at both the master's and the doctoral level, challenging canons by means of thorough empirical research and cutting-edge methodological and theoretical reflection.
The department seeks to train future scholars, academic and public leaders and professionals with a broad horizon.
Teaching and research focus on the history of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, from the 16th century to the present, going beyond these geographical and temporal boundaries in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of History is 6:1.
Department of International Relations
The Department of International Relations integrates international relations scholarship with regional expertise in both the Eastern and Western parts of the enlarged European Union together with the wider European neighborhood. The department's commitment to international relations theory—in both its traditional and critical forms, and to the two major sub-disciplines of security studies and international political economy—forms the foundation of the program, complemented by a necessary multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the EU and its role as a global actor.
Its highly competitive programs—which attract top-level graduate students from around the world at both master's and doctoral levels—provide an enriching environment for study and research on issues that concern today's globalizing world. The faculty includes scholars from the disciplines of international relations, history, law, economics and comparative politics.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of International Relations is 8:1.
Department of Legal Studies
The Department of Legal Studies provides a high level of advanced legal education. Its programs are among the finest in Europe, enabling students to obtain a firm grounding in fundamental legal concepts before branching out into specific fields, such as the law of the European Union, intellectual property, international dispute settlement, international business transactions, fundamental rights protection vis-à-vis the state, and international and European human rights.
The department's master's program in Comparative Constitutional Law is the only Master of Laws specialization in this subject in the world. The MA program in Human Rights Law remains the first in the region to offer graduate education in international and European human rights law. The International Business Law (IBL) master's program enables students to become competent participants in international business structures and transactions, and includes a critical examination of the merits and shortcomings of the legal framework that emerged during the period of economic transition within the countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Legal Studies is 7:1.
Department of Medieval Studies
The Department of Medieval Studies offers multidisciplinary courses at both the master's and doctoral levels to medievalists from diverse backgrounds (history, art history, archaeology, philology, philosophy and theology). The program focuses on late antique and medieval civilization in Europe (c. 300–1550 AD), dealing with different methods of communication, the migration of peoples, and the mobility of objects, texts, and ideas in the larger medieval oikumene, including Asia and North Africa. Students are provided with a broad grounding in these areas as well as training in advanced research methodology with special reference to interdisciplinary, comparative and supranational issues.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Medieval Studies is 7:1.
Nationalism Studies Program
The Nationalism Studies Program responds to the growing demand for new knowledge and teaching in the field.
The program engages students in empirical and theoretical study of the issues surrounding nationalism, self-determination, problems of state-formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection, language and citizenship rights and constitutional design in ethnically divided societies. Drawing upon the supranational milieu of CEU, the program encourages a critical, non-sectarian and interdisciplinary stance toward the study of nationalism.
An international teaching staff representing a wide range of disciplinary expertise including history, social theory, economics, legal studies, sociology, anthropology, international relations and political science provides a high quality learning experience. A wide selection of courses are offered to provide students with a complex theoretical grounding and advanced training in the methodology of applied social science.
The student/faculty ratio for the Nationalism Studies Program is 5:1.
Department of Network and Data Science
The Department of Network and Data Science at Central European University provides an organizational platform for research in network science, with a special forcus on applications to practical social problems.
Network science, as a maturing field, offers a unique perspective to tackle complex problems impenetrable to linear-proportional thinking. The concept of networks has come to pervade modern society—in our everyday experience we routinely use online social network services, we hear reports on the operation of terrorist networks, and we speculate on the six degrees of separation to celebrities and presidents. The science of networks is emerging as a scientific discipline that examines exactly these kinds of interconnections. It aims to explain complex phenomena at larger scales emerging from the simple principles of making network links.
The Department translates these ideas into research projects—faculty at the department have won several major grants from European Union and US funding agencies. The department also offers a Certificate PhD program in parternship with other departments at CEU.
Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy offers a comprehensive program, covering the major areas of philosophical study, leading to master's and doctoral degrees. The MA programs are designed to give broad and thorough training in all of the major fields of philosophy, with the possibility of deeper acquaintance in a chosen field. The department's doctoral program aims to train professionals prepared to undertake academic careers, as researchers or university teachers.
Both MA and doctoral programs promote a scholarly attitude that combines historical and analytical approaches in philosophy. Curricula are designed so that students are required to study each of the major fields of contemporary philosophy. A specialization in the history of philosophy is also available. Graduates gain the rare ability to conduct a dialogue across the dividing lines occasionally fragmenting the philosophical discipline.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Philosophy is 5:1.
Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science invites students wishing to develop the analytical skills necessary to achieve excellence in their areas of study. With original scholarship, basic and applied research, and creative instructors constituting an essential core upon which to draw, graduate work at the department attracts an outstanding selection of uniquely qualified students from throughout the region and the world.
The department's curriculum is unique within Europe, covering almost all areas of political studies and offers in-depth expertise in the comparative politics of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Representing a comprehensive range of academic approaches and expertise, the department's faculty address questions of political philosophy, democratization and regime change, constitutional politics, political economy, media, voting behavior, party politics, human rights and Europeanization, in a comparative manner.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Political Science is 5:1.
Department of Public Policy
The Department of Public Policy (DPP) is a multidisciplinary graduate institution focused on the study of global public policy issues both in theory and in practice. Through excellence in teaching and research, DPP aims to create an educational experience that involves not only the acquisition of skills and knowledge but also the cultivation of a mindset that emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, cultural awareness and commitment to the public good.
The Department offers four master's degrees in public policy and the public policy track of the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science program. The degree programs are tailored for students from around the world seeking careers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors at the local, national, European Union and international levels. The Department boasts a team of outstanding resident faculty and world-class visiting faculty consisting of top researchers and practitioners in the public policy field who bring a wide array of academic and practical subjects to DPP's diverse classroom.
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology offers an integrated program aiming to go beyond the disciplinary boundaries between sociology and anthropology, asking new questions about social analysis, regionalizations, and of sociology and anthropology as disciplines.
The department is committed to a non-Eurocentric perspective. By analyzing the complex process of globalization at both the macro- and micro-level, students learn to recognize the global and the local as mutually constitutive processes.
Students are further equipped with a critical and comparative perspective on our contemporary world through a broad range of courses: social theory, place making, post-colonialism, research methods, urban processes, meanings and practices of gender, social inequalities, dynamics of power and resistance, and the cross-border flow of people, ideas and commodities within the structures of the globalizing world.
In addition to CEU's resources, the department draws upon an international network of scholars, providing students with the opportunity to broaden their intellectual horizons.
The student/faculty ratio for the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology is 6:1.
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations
The Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations (consisting of the Departments of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations) offers a doctoral program in political science accredited in the United States. It has five areas of specialization: political theory, political economy, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy. Students come from 36 countries and the student/faculty ratio is 3:1. Faculty members come from more than 15 countries. Some of our recurrent visiting professors include Herbert Kitschelt, Friederich Kratochwil, and Philippe Schmitter.