Human Resource Counselling MA


Human Resource Counselling MA


Certified Human Resource Counsellor


Degree program



Accreditation number





4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The aim of the programme is to train experts, who, in possession of their human, economic and developed interdisciplinary approach, are able to make detailed analyses, to find global and special correlations and to carry out advising and assessing activities in the world of organisations, work, employment and education. They apply their professional skills, support the macro-level processes of human resource management and education according to the different professional requirements of the given workplace. They are able to identify special professional problems and define practical solutions to them. They provide help for individuals to make career planning decisions. Their advising activity is determined by their knowledge of the HR market and organisational processes. They are prepared to continue their studies in a PhD programme.

Strength of program

The programme is two-folded: it integrates different but closely interconnected disciplines: psychology, economics/ human resource management, educational studies and relies heavily on partners that offer a “real-life” insight into the profession. We train experts who, at the end of the programme, are able to make detailed analyses, find general and specific correlations in the world of organisations, work, employment and training, and who can carry out counselling and assessing activities incorporating their HR and economic studies applying their interdisciplinary attitude.

Career opportunities

Those who graduate from the Human Resource Counselling MA programme can find advising  and career consultant positions both in the public and in the private sectors in human resources, registry offices, career centres, temporary agency work, in organisations dealing with youth’s career orientation or adults’ career advice, and in recruiting and selection at head hunter or consulting companies.

Job examples
  • Human resource counsellor
  • Learning and development manager
  • HR recruitment specialist
EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1,900 EUR

1,900 EUR

Application fee

120 EUR (non-refundable)

120 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee



Other costs

Entrance exam fee: 120 EUR (non-refundable)

Entrance exam fee: 120 EUR (non-refundable)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1,900 EUR

Application fee

120 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee


Other costs

Entrance exam fee: 120 EUR (non-refundable)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

07, Sep, 2020

Deadline for applications - September intake

15, Jul, 2020

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below, or a university Master’s degree:

Fully recognised BA studies (full credit acknowledgement): Andragogy and Community Management BA degree, college degree in Cultural Management, Human Resource Management, Labour Counselling, Pedagogy, Psychology, Human Resources, Sociology, Political Sciences, Computational Librarian, Cultural Anthropology and the BA degrees of teacher education. Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Education, Special Education, Sociology.  

Conditionally recognised BA studies: any Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in case the applicant possesses 30 credits in the following fields: essential studies related to humanities: pedagogical, psychological, philosophical and ethical studies; adult education studies; communicational science related studies, communication development; information technology, library studies; essential studies related to social sciences: social studies, sociology, anthropology, political sciences; economic and legal studies. The condition of admittance is that the applicant should possess minimum 15 credits from these studies, the missing 15 can be obtained during the first semester of the applied program.

This program is not available for Hungarian citizens.

If the applicant takes their final examination during the current semester, and their degree certificate (diploma) is not issued before the last application deadline, a certification is required, which verifies that the applicant will presumably receive a degree. In case of being accepted as a student, however, the applicant must present the diploma upon enrolment at the latest.

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

Language requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): C1
Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): C1

Further comments:
The language of instruction for the entire programme is English, so a very good command of English is required during the oral entrance exam and throughout the whole programme. The language knowledge is assessed and evaluated during the interview, the Faculty of Education and Psychology doesn't require an official language certificate.

Documents to submit with application
Document Comment
Online application form -
Bachelor-level degree -
Transcript of records -
CV -

Motivation letter

The letter should contain approximately 2000 characters. You should explain your experiences and ideas, how you met psychology and why you thought this profession would be suitable for you, what your aim is with the MA degree, how you would imagine your career, which area you are interested in, what further studies you are planning.
Copy of the main pages of the passport needs to be valid
Copy of application fee transfer -
Entrance exam fee -

Reference work

It can be any paper written in English by the applicant connected the field of human resources counselling (BA thesis extract, a research paper, a seminar paper, a research report, a published journal article or a book chapter, a case study, a literature review, etc.) Either a new paper or an improved version of an earlier work can also be written for the current application. The ideal length should be between 5-15 pages - excluding references and the appendices. There are no special requirements concerning the format.
An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English -
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.

The application and the entrance exam fee should be transferred to the following account:

  • Name of Bank: Magyar Államkincstár (Hungarian State Treasury)
  • Address of Bank: Budapest, Váci út 71, Hungary – 1139
  • Holder of the account: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
  • Account No.: 10032000-01426201-00000000
  • IBAN Number: HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
  • On the transfer order please put down your full name and “ AB01 B102 B10206/18”!

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

The application procedure includes 5 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 Education and Psychology 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.

  • Period 1: 25 February
  • Period 2: 25 March
  • Period 3: 25 April
  • Period 4: 27 May
  • Period 5: 15 July

When the university receives the full application package and it is checked by the Student Affairs and Registrar’s Office an entrance exam date option will be sent in the online application system after 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.

Procedure of the entrance examination

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation and program-related academic background and professional experience of the applicant. Successful applicants must have a good command of English and pass the entrance exam.  The entrance exam can be taken in person or via Skype.

Evaluation and results

You can obtain a maximum of 100 points for the MA in Human Resources Counselling program according to the following:

  1. Reference work (maximum 20 points): based on the reference work submitted with the application.
  2. Entrance Examination / Interview (maximum 80 points): based on the following criteria: being well-informed, familiar with literature, having good communicational skills, use of language for expressing yourself, professional devotion, competence, professional attitude in the field of human resources and its market. The Committee considers the applicant’s documentation of earlier scientific activities, professional experience abroad (e.g. via Erasmus program), professional activities, publications, and the motivation letter plus curriculum vitae.

Results and the official decision will be announced within a month after the entrance exam date, in the application system.

Program leader

László MÉRŐ PhD

Program coordinator

International Admission Coordinator
TEL:  +36-1-461-4500/3499 (ext.)
Postal address: 1075 Budapest Kazinczy utca 23-27

More information

Faculty of Education and Psychology

Faculty of Education and Psychology