Keystone logo
Corvinus University of Budapest MA in International Relations
Corvinus University of Budapest

MA in International Relations

Budapest, Hungary

4 Semesters


Full time

Request application deadline

Sep 2023

EUR 2,400 / per semester *


* per semester for non-EEA applicants


Explore scholarship opportunities to help fund your studies


  • Department responsible for the program: Institute of International, Political and Regional Studies
  • Program instructor: dr. Marton Péter
  • Bachelor's degree program: International Relations
  • Specialization: Social Science
  • Program time in semesters: 4 semesters
  • Program language: English
  • Site/Location: Budapest
  • Division: Full time
  • Program Type: Normal

In this course, you will study a solid background of the social sciences and a variety of general courses, such as Theories of International Relations and Comparative Foreign Policy are offered, as well as a focus on European Union Affairs and Central and Eastern Europe’s interaction with the wider context of world politics and the global economy. This Master’s program is ideal preparation for you to pursue a career in public administration, international institutions, NGOs, or multinational companies based or operating within Central and Eastern Europe. Follow your dreams now! Apply now!

Tuition fee: 590 000 HUF (≈1750 EUR) per semester for EEA applicants, 2400 EUR per semester for non-EEA applicants.

The level of qualification attainable in the Master's program, and the title of the certification

  • Qualification level: master- (magister, abbreviation: MA).
  • Qualification in Hungarian: okleveles nemzetközi kapcsolatok elemző.
  • Qualification in English: International Relations Expert.

Degrees accepted for admittance into the Master's program

Accepted with the complete credit value: international studies and international governance undergraduate courses.

May be primarily considered with the completion of the credits defined: undergraduate studies in the fields of social sciences, the humanities, economics, law, and political science.

May also be considered with the completion of the credits defined: undergraduate and Master’s courses and courses as defined as per Act LXXX of 1993 on higher education that is accepted by the higher education institution’s credit transfer committee based on a comparison of the studies that serve as the basis of the credits.

For persons with degrees defined the minimal requirements of admittance to the Master's program training cycle

For entering the Master’s program, a minimum of 60 credits is necessary from the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to social science: sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, psychology.
  • Legal-governance studies public law and civil law, constitutional law, public administration science, public policy, business law.
  • Economic studies: economy, macro, and microeconomics, corporate economics, finance, international economics.
  • Political science: political thought, political history, international studies.
  • Historical, cultural, and linguistic studies: economy, social and cultural history studies, linguistic, philologic studies.

The prerequisite of admittance into the Master’s program is for the student to have at least 30 credits. Missing credits must be attained as defined in the higher education institution’s Study and Exam Regulations.

The number of credits to be completed for the Master's degree: 120 credits

  • Degree orientation: theory-oriented (60-40 percent).
  • Thesis credit value: 10 credits.
  • The minimum credit value of optional courses: 6 credits.

International Standard Classification of Education field of education code: 313

Master's degree training objectives

The objective of the program is the training of experts who, with their attained theoretical knowledge, are capable of analyzing the tendencies of current international political and economic relationships. With their knowledge of international economics, international law, international relations theories, regional-civilizational interdisciplinary knowledge, and mastery of the terminology, they are prepared to understand the interrelationships of a globalizing international system. They are capable of an in-depth analysis of a region’s economic, political, and social context. They are prepared to continue their training at the Ph.D. level.

Professional properties

The scientific fields and areas that the training is based on are:

social science studies that serve as the basis of the program (social science research methodology, comparative state law, the history of political thought, economic theory history) 5-20 credits;

professional skills related to international relations: 80-100 credits, including the credit value of the thesis, as per the following:

  • Theory and practice of international relations [Security Policy Studies, Geopolitical Theories, Foreign Policy Decision-Making, General and Specialised Diplomacy Studies, Cultural Diplomacy, Conflicts, and Crisis Management, Global Governance] 5-40 credits;
  • Regional and civilizational studies [in particular: Civilisation Theory, Regional Integrations, Middle East Studies, Chinese Studies, Balkans Studies, Latin American Studies, Indian Studies, Japanese Studies, USA Studies, South-east Asian Studies, African Studies, Australian Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Russian Studies, The Post-Soviet Region and Middle Asia, European Studies] 5-40 credits;
  • The practice of international law [Case Studies from International Law, Diplomacy and Consular Law, Human and Minority Rights, Regional International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations] 5-40 credits;
  • International economics [Developmental Theories, International Development Policy, World Trade Regions, The Theory and Practice of Economic Integrations, Hungarian Economy and Foreign Trade Relations, Economic Governance, The Economics of Globalisation] 5-40 credits;
  • International relationship analysis [Foreign Policy Analyses, Comparative Economic Analysis, The Analysation of Migration Processes] 5-40 credits;
  • International relations and EU terminology, professional studies in a foreign language 5-30 credits.

Specialization recommended by the educational institution constitutes theoretical and practical knowledge that is capable of working on the given field, improves personal abilities, and results in specialized competencies relevant to individual interests. In the entirety of the program, trade-specific knowledge accounts for 30 credits.

Foreign language requirements

Earning the master's degree requires at least one state-recognized advanced (C1) complex language examination in one living foreign language and one intermediate (B2) complex language examination, of which at least one should be a language examination in the technical language of social sciences, law, economics or political sciences field of study (international relations, diplomatic, economic management, economic, tourism, tourism-hospitality, legal and administrative, military, trading, economic, finance, business) or an equivalent high school graduation certificate or diploma.

About the School


Similar Courses

  • MA International Relations
    • Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives
    • Leuven, Belgium
  • MA in International Relations
    • Montreux, Switzerland