Communication and Media Studies MA


Communication and Media Studies MA


Communications and Media Studies Expert


Degree program



Accreditation number





4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The master's degree prepares you for a high-level of intellectual activity and scientific careers. For those who want to work after completing their training, the media and communications industry offers a wide range of employment opportunities. The training also prepares you to continue your studies at the doctoral level.
Those who choose the specialization in communication and media studies will become professionals with a thorough social science background, who will orient themselves in the medialization processes that can be considered a crucial issue of contemporary social phenomena, research and teach them independently as lecturers or researchers.
The communication and media specialist specialization trains professionals with a social and humanities background and practical skills who work in various fields of the contemporary media and communication industry as leaders, editors, programmers, international project managers, communication experts, media consultants, specialist journalists.
This program is recommended to applicants who are interested in the social sciences, contemporary public life, society and culture, and the social and cultural role of the media and new technologies. Those who like to write and read a lot, who like to participate in teamwork, make their own productions.
Applicants for the Communication and Media Studies MA graduate in a field of study with two specializations (Media Cultural Journalism and Digital Business Communication) that enables them to enter some of the subfields in EU Nomenclature of Creative Industries (Books, Newspapers and magazines, Music, Performing arts, TV, Film, Radio, Video games, Visual arts, Architecture, Advertising).


The program includes two specializations:
1. Cultural Journalism Specialization
2. Digital Business Communication Specialization

Strength of program

If you are preparing for a career in social sciences or humanities, ELTE guarantees the scientific quality through the scientific training and performance of its lecturers, its international relations and the system of education based on personal consultations, which greatly supports scientific work. The simplest first step on the road to an international scientific career is ELTE Media.
On the other hand, if you see yourself as an online content developer, marketer or PR, cultural entrepreneur, employee of an international organization or start-up in five years, you can achieve this through practical courses and craft classes advertised for BA undergraduates and media specializations. Dozens of young former ELTE Media students teach in the media majors as lecturers, educating students as professionals in the creative industry.

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty.
Career opportunities

With an MA in Communication and Media Studies in English, graduates can work in a professional field defined by a convergent body of knowledge, skills and motivation in the creative industries, which, according to recent data, accounted for almost 5% of EU GDP, while the construction and it is the third most populous professional field in the EU after the hospitality industry.

Job examples
  • University professor, media researcher
  • In online or print magazines as a cultural journalist, reporter, editor, presenter
  • In the press department of civil and state bodies
  • In the PR and marketing departments of international companies
  • As a social media manager for multinational companies
  • As a spokesperson, press relations officer
EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,800 EUR

2,800 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee



Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,800 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee


Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

04, Sep, 2023

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Jun, 2023

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Application deadlines

The deadline for application means the deadline of submission of the full and complete application package in the online system.

Period 1 for September intake: 01/11-30/11/2022 23:59 (CET)
Period 2 for September intake: 01/02-30/06/2023 23:59 (CET)

The application procedure includes 2 periods in order to give the applicants the freedom to submit their application when it’s most suitable for them. The applicants of each period have the same chance to get admittance for the programme. However, please note, that the Faculty of Humanities ELTE reserves the right to cancel the entrance periods in case the number of the admitted applicants reaches the limit during the previous entrance periods.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s (BA) degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Previously earned credits for entry into the program are acknowledged in full only in case of a BA degree in Communication and Media Science or an equivalent college degree.

In the case of a BA degree from any other field of study (humanities, economics, law, informatics, arts, art communication, social sciences) the applicant must have at least 30 credits to enter the program from the fields of network communication, economics and management, cultural anthropology, culture science, communication, marketing, theory and culture of media, occupational psychology, intercultural studies, arts and art communication, linguistics, international communication, special media studies, sociology, social psychology and PR.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements:

The language of instruction is English. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate a very good level of English-language skills.

  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 516-554
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 66-82
  • TOEFL IBT Home Edition: 66-82
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.0
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): B2
  • Duolingo: 85
Documents to submit with application



Secondary school certificate (graduation certificate)

Notarized copy only on request.

Bachelor-level degree

An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree

Transcript of records

An official list of completed courses.


Curriculum Vitae including applicant’s previous achievements (scholarships, publications, conference presentations, cultural projects, business experience, voluntary work, etc.)

Motivation letter

A maximum of 500 words indicating why the applicant wishes to start the program, and what his/her special field of interest is.

Research work plan

A preliminary research proposal for a proposed thesis project with a study and research plan (detailed outline of your field of interest), a preliminary bibliography (indicating what the applicant has read already).

Copy of the main pages of the passport

(needs to be valid)

Scanned, in colour all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.

Copy of application fee transfer


Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer


Language certificate

Official test result or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.


Further comments (if needed)

Optional documents for admissions

  • Letter of Reference
    Also called “Letter of recommendation”: From a former instructor and/or employer
  • Letter of Authorization
    If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without this.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.
Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account.
For further information and details about transferring the application fee please visit our Faculty’s website:

IBAN Bank Account: HU 03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a, Hungary
Name of the Bank: Hungarian State Treasury Ltd. (Magyar Államkincstár)
Address of the Bank: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.

Name of applicant
AY (for example: 2023/24/1)
The University’s sub-account number: AC9202/04

The programme is not available for Hungarian citizens.
Results and the official decision will be announced within a month after the entrance exam date, in the application system.
For more information about the application procedures, please visit the Faculty's website.

Entrance examination and selection process:

When the university receives the full application package and it is checked by the Department of International Affairs an entrance exam date option will be sent no later than the application deadline for the relevant period. Please, check your messages in the application system, and the e-mail address that is linked to the account regularly. The applications are examined by the Admission Board no later than after each application period and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system after the decision is official. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system within a few days.

Procedure of the entrance examination

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation of the applicant. Successful applicants must have a good command of English to pass the entrance exam. The format of the entrance exam is an online interview. Ranking is based on the overall evaluation of academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Further details of selection and evaluation:

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

Dr. András Müllner associate professor (IAMTS)
Department of Media and Communication

Department of International Affairs
International admission coordinator

Communication and Media Studies MA

Communication and Media Studies MA