Career Prospects

By developing a wide range of transferable skills, students will receive an excellent foundation for several future career directions. Deeply honed thinking skills--required to tackle many social and economic issues--are in high demand and can therefore open many doors open for PPE graduates. These range from pursuing graduate studies to a wide variety of career options in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

This BA program will be available in a three-year and a four-year version. The former integrates into the European-wide Bologna system, while the latter is offered to benefit from the best of the American undergraduate education system. Students who complete the four-year degree will graduate with a dual Austrian and US-degree. The four-year BA can pave the way to pursuing a one-year MA for students who choose to specialize further. 

Future Paths

1. Continue in Graduate School (either at CEU or other leading universities) in:

  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Business

2. Possible careers in:

  • Financial world 
  • Politics
  • Finance
  • Think tanks
  • Public Service
  • Business
  • Healthcare
  • Media
  • International development
  • IGOs e.g. United Nations
  • Law, education, journalism
  • Charity sector

After graduation, a PPE graduate working at the World Bank--for example--would be equipped with the skills to:

  • Contribute to the preparation of a range of key economic policy papers, policy notes and reports
  • Situate activities within a coherent strategic framework
  • Prepare periodic economic updates and briefs
  • Support dialogue on policy reform with Government authorities and development partners
  • Present their work via written reports, big data presentations, website development, and visual media campaigns
  • Develop key strategic pieces and/or engagements
  • Effectively and confidently orally communicate their work to colleagues, to government officials, and to the public at large
  • Organize events for the public and relevant stakeholders
  • Show leadership in teamwork settings.