MA in Historical Studies (Two Year)

The program provides a systematic introduction to theories, methods, and research skills (including source language training) in a variety of historical disciplines. The program’s location in Vienna and its international faculty provide students with an inspiring setting to study historical change in action and conduct their own research on a topic of their choice. Successful graduates will write and defend a thesis of original research based on a methodologically rigorous employment of primary sources.

This MA is tailored to students who seek to broaden their knowledge before focusing on a specific thesis topic. The program offers two 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 developing their field of interest towards the completion of a project of original research. This degree includes an emphasis on language learning, methodological training, and practical skills.

Course Listings (2023/24)

Late Antique and Medieval Studies Track

Geared toward applicants from non-specialized academic backgrounds, this track offers a comprehensive foundation in Late Antique and Medieval Studies. Students gain expertise across different disciplines and can choose from a range of courses that encompass politics, economics, society, culture, archaeology, philosophy, and art history.

Course Listings (2023/24)


Just like the one-year MA, this program is an excellent preparation for future doctoral studies and offers crucial skills in source languages, digital humanities, publishing, etc.




Entry requirements

Successful MA applicants will have completed undergraduate degrees in the humanities or social sciences.

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

Statement of Purpose

A brief Statement of Purpose (750 words) that explains the applicant’s interest in the Department and why they want to undertake graduate study in the track of their choice. The statement should briefly describe the applicant's academic background, research experience, language skills, and elaborate on their academic interests. 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.

Sample statement of purpose 1 (Late Antique Medieval Studies Track)

Sample statement of purpose 2 (History Track) Forthcoming