“Through feminist pedagogical practices that foster multiple facets of understanding, including empathy and self-knowledge, our department strives to create learning environments where needs and differences are treasured and, when necessary, respectfully negotiated. As a scholar, a teacher and a mother I think that without these we risk raising generations who are socially disengaged and fail to realize their potential as thinking and feeling human beings.”

The Department of Gender Studies at Central European University (CEU) focuses on integrative and comparative approaches to the critical examination of past and present developments related to gender in culture and society. The interdisciplinary curriculum puts emphasis on gender and sexuality, particularly in areas such as nationalism, queer theory, literature and popular culture, social movements, war and memory and global inequalities.

Programs offered

  • Master of Arts in Gender Studies / 1 year
  • Master of Arts in Critical Gender Studies / 2 years
  • Master of Arts in Gender Studies (GEMMA) / 2 years
  • Master of Arts in European Women’s and Gender History (MATILDA) / 2 years

Research areas

  • Social movements, activism, policy and governance
  • Political economy, global inequalities, gender and labor
  • Gendered nationalism, borders and transnational flows
  • Gender, war, sexualized violence and memory
  • Postcolonial and decolonial critiques of global inequalities
  • Sexuality and queer theory
  • Studies of gender and science, technology and medicine
  • Feminist cultural studies 

Why CEU? 

  • Students and faculty from 115 countries
  • Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
  • Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
  • 8:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Based in Budapest, the heart of Europe 

Scholarships available
CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world, and provides generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country. In 2016-2017, 84% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition fee awards to scholarships with stipends and housing.

Apply by: 

  • February 1, 2018 for master’s studies with financial aid
  • June 1, 2018 for self-financing master’s studies 

Find out more about CEU programs, admissions requirements and available funding options here