“What I have found most unique about the Doctoral School is its diverse environment. Collaborating with professors and classmates from across the globe has been an unparalleled experience both intellectually and personally. Also, living in the heart of Europe has given me a broader perspective about the ever-changing world we live in.”

Join one of the largest, most international and most competitive programs in Europe, comprised of close to 50 permanent faculty members and over 100 doctoral students from about 40 countries. Offered by the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at Central European University (CEU), the program ranks 42nd in the world in the world according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject ranking. Five specializations are available based on a system of tracks: Comparative Politics / International Relations / Political Economy / Political Theory / Public Policy.

Program offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

Select research areas
Comparative Politics:

  • Comparative methods
  • Political behavior, political psychology, political culture and public opinion
  • Political institutions
  • Parties and interest groups, social movements 

International Relations:

  • International relations theory and foreign policy analysis
  • International security
  • Ethnicity, nationalism and conflict management
  • International political economy 

Political Economy:

  • Comparative political economy: advanced capitalist countries, welfare states, institutions
  • International political economy: globalization, international trade and finance
  • Political economy of non-democracy and regime change
  • Political and economic governance in developing countries 

Political Theory:

  • Political philosophy: political obligation and legitimacy, theories of justice, egalitarianism
  • Democratic theory: democracy and constitutionalism, preferences and deliberation
  • Institutional political theory: constitutional theory, theories of transitional justice
  • Applied political philosophy: theory of violent conflicts, human rights 

Public Policy

  • Public administration, bureaucratic politics, governance, corruption control
  • European integration, EU public policy, comparative European politics
  • Civil society, social movements, minorities, social exclusion
  • Public goods and regulation: media, energy, higher education, labor market policy 

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. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for housing and living expenses.

Contacts and how to apply

Apply by February 1, 2018 to become part of our international academic community! Find out more about CEU programs, admissions requirements and available funding options here