MA in Historical Studies (One Year)

This research-oriented program is tailored to students who have already identified a research area that they are passionate about. Since the program is short and intense, it is best suited for students who have a clear idea for a thesis topic.  

As an international faculty and student body, we strive to think about the past not only within but also across historical periods, world regions, national boundaries, and academic disciplines in order to avoid academic insularity and to keep in mind both the distinctiveness and interconnectedness of historical trajectories.  

The program features two distinct tracks. Students can apply to: 

History Track 

The History track is characterized by breadth and variety. Students can choose courses from across the entire curriculum of the Department, exploring the past from antiquity to the present, while focusing their studies in the field of their interests and completing a project of original research.  

Course Listings (2023/24)

Late Antique and Medieval Studies Track 

This intensive, one-year track is ideal for candidates with a background in late antique and medieval studies. The curriculum delves deeply into interdisciplinary explorations of this era, encompassing, for example, politics, economics, society, culture, archaeology, philosophy, and art history. 

Course Listings (2023/24)


For many students, the program serves as a steppingstone toward doctoral studies. Both tracks not only give the opportunity to specialize through an MA thesis but also provide research resources and equip students with essential skills, including source languages, digital humanities, publishing, etc.  




Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants must provide: 

Research proposal for the MA Thesis 

A 500-word research proposal for the MA thesis which will be weighed 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, familiarity with source materials, language skills, and other qualifications relevant to the proposed research should be indicated. 

Sample proposal 1 (Late Antique and Medieval Studies Track) 

Sample proposal 2 (Late Antique and Medieval Studies Track)

Sample proposal 3 (History Track) 

Sample proposal 4 (History Track) 


Statement of Purpose 

A brief, supplementary statement of purpose that explains the applicant’s interest in the 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 Advanced Certificates offered by the university may also indicate this in the statement of purpose.

Sample Statement of Purpose 1 (Late Antique and Medieval Studies Track) 

Sample Statement of Purpose 2 (History Track) Forthcoming