Entry requirements

MA Programs

In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants must provide a 500-word research proposal for the MA thesis (see sample proposal 1 and sample proposal 2), which will be weighted heavily in the admissions decision. The topic is expected to fall within the broad thematic focus of the department, and should be delimited and set out with the greatest possible clarity. Previous work on the subject should also be indicated.

Applicants should also upload a brief, supplementary statement of purpose that explains their interest in our Department. In the statement of purpose applicants can indicate which courses, professors, and research areas they see as especially relevant to their interests. Applicants who consider pursuing one of the specializations and advance certificates offered by the department should also indicate this in the statement of purpose.

Having an undergraduate degree in history is an advantage, but the department also welcomes applications from students in other social science and humanities disciplines.

Doctoral Program

In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants should submit letters of recommendation from three professors familiar with their post-graduate work and a three-page research proposal (see sample proposal 1 and sample proposal 2). The topic of the proposal should fall within the broad thematic focus of the program, and should address issues of method and substance, as well as previous work done in the field, in appropriate detail.

Applicants should also upload a brief, supplementary motivation letter that explains their interest in our Department. In the motivation letter applicants can indicate which courses, professors, and research areas they see as especially relevant to their interests. Applicants who consider pursuing one of the specializations and advance certificates offered by the department should also indicate this in the motivation letter.

Applications are welcome from candidates with a Master's degree that includes a Master's thesis.

Applicants interested in Nationalism Studies or Jewish Studies at the doctoral level can apply for a PhD in History and should follow the general admissions requirements for the History doctoral program; a joint committee reviews applications. The degree received will be a PhD in History.

For more information, please visit the CEU Admissions page and the checklist for applications.