International Relations MA


International Relations MA


International relations expert


Degree program



Accreditation number





4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The goal of this programme is to offer students in-depth knowledge on the topics of globalization, international institutions, security, development studies, and human rights. It enables our graduate students to understand and analyze complex political and social problems that go beyond state borders and cultural boundaries.

This programme is recommended to applicants who are interested in politics, social problems and interactions between different nations and cultures. While preference is given to students with prior knowledge in political science or international relations, students with a different background will complete foundational courses in our BA programme in the first semester in order to acquire the necessary knowledge.

This programme enables students to work independently and also as members of a team. We help them to develop skills of adaptability and self-reflexivity that are crucial in today’s fast changing World. Our aim is to give our students skills and knowledge that could be readily used whether they seek employment in the public or private sphere.

Tracks/ Specializations

Following an introductory semester on advanced classes of international relations and political science in the second semester, students can choose from one of the following specializations:

  • Citizenship Studies
  • European development and foreign policy
  • Human Rights
  • Security Studies
Strength of program

The MA in international Relations offers intensive training in four fields of specialization following an introductory semester. Classes are predominantly seminars of few students taking part in an intensive training of completing numerous written and oral assignments. Instructors in the program include academics, but also professionals with ongoing experience at international organizations to offer students an internal perspective into how IR is ‘done in the field’.

Find the structure of the program on this link. 
Career opportunities

Our graduates may seek employment at international institutions, in the private sector, media or at NGO’s.

Job examples

Foreign Policy Analyst; Lobbyist; Project coordinator (public/private/non-profit); Political Advisor; administrative jobs in the state bureaucracy and at private enterprises

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1550 EUR

3000 EUR

Application fee

100 EUR

100 EUR

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3000 EUR

Application fee

100 EUR

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

05, Sep, 2022

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Apr, 2022

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements:
Bachelor’s degree

Language requirements:

Minimum level of language proficiency (both written and oral): B2
IELTS Score: 5.5
TOEFL IBT Band: 46-59
Cambridge English Scale Score: 162

If the applicant is unable to prove their knowledge of English with any of the above certifications, he or she must participate in a Skype interview or attend a prearranged interview (either in Hungary in person or on an on-the-spot admission abroad) organized by the Faculty and/or its delegates. The interview also seeks to assess the general and professional knowledge and interest of the applicant. Any letter of acceptance issued by the Faculty of Social Sciences is based on the verified fact that the applicant's command of English has been assessed; therefore, they are considered eligible to pursue their higher studies at the institution. If the applicant can prove that they competed their former education in entirely in English by submitting a notarized attestation and a detailed academic transcript, no proof of language knowledge will be required throughout the admission process.

Documents to submit with application
Document Comment
Application form -
Bachelor-level degree  
Transcript of records  
Letter of recommendation 2 pieces
Copy of the main pages of the passport needs to be valid
Copy of application fee transfer  
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.

Students who hold Hungarian citizenship and/or dual citizenship, must apply through Please note that if an application is submitted not according to the aforementioned, it will be rejected. 

The applications are examined by the Admission Board [in May] and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system [until June]. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system [until the end of June]. 
Type of entrance examination: oral
Place of entrance examination: Skype 
Further details of the entrance exam: If the applicant lives abroad, then the examination will be held via Skype.

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.

As the program expects students with diverse backgrounds, the goal of an entrance exam is not to test what students know, but to see if they are motivated in the first place; if they have a good grasp of current global affairs; and if they possess the analytical skills necessary to join the program.

Below is a list of suggested articles from Oxford Research Encyclopaedias, all freely accessible ( We recommend these not because we expect students to know them by heart, but because we would like to offer applicants the opportunity to get a rough idea about what issues and topics the field of International Relations (IR) deals with.


Engstrom, P.  (2017, December 22). Human Rights: Effectiveness of International and Regional Mechanisms. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Foyle, D., & Van Belle, D.  (2017, November 20). Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis: Public Opinion, Elections, Interest Groups, and the Media. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Goodman, J.  (2017, December 22). Nationalism as a Social Movement. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Kiely, R.  (2017, November 30). Dependency and World-Systems Perspectives on Development. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Stempel, J.  (2017, November 30). Diplomacy and Intelligence. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Walt, S.  (2017, December 22). Realism and Security. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Program leader

Dr. Orsolya SALÁT
senior lecturer
MA Program Director

Program coordinator

Departmental Coordinator
TEL: +36 1 372-2500/6856

Mr Benedek DÖRGŐ
Departmental Coordinator
TEL: 0036 1 372-2500/ 6867(ext)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences