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MA / MSc programs application information

Application requirements

For international applicants applying to study in English language

If you are a Corvinus applicant or are planning to apply to us, please read this page carefully.

Please also read the pages of any programme(s) you have applied to and download the programme specification.

You may also live to take a look at our frequently asked questions page.

If you have completed these steps and still have questions, we recommend making an enquiry, rather than emailing. Please allow up to two working days for our staff to respond.

Self-funded applicants now apply online. Apply before 15 March to receive an “early bird” entrance exam and conditional offer! The application deadline is 15 May 2022.

Please note: as of December 2021, Hungarian citizens (including dual nationals) who have completed high school overseas or at an international school in Hungary are eligble to apply to Corvinus as international students.

How to apply?

There are three application routes for international applicants – online applications can be made for each via the links provided:

To apply for a postgraduate/Master (MA, MSc) degree or MBA, at Corvinus University of Budapest you will need to complete an online application and provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Proof of completing an undergraduate (BA or BSc) degree (the final, legalised certificate, transcripts and translations [if not in English])*
  • Minimum B2 knowledge in English, evidenced by a proficiency certificate (see below)
  • A valid passport
  • Letter of motivation – minimum one page**
  • CV/resume.**

*If you are still studying, please provide just your “in-progress” academic transcripts when you make your application. Your final documents can be submitted later.

**Letter of motivation and CV are required for Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship applicants only (not for self-funded applicants).

Notes

Postgraduate applicants must evidence meeting the minimum credit requirements for the programme(s) they have applied to (see below).

MBA applicants require a minimum of three years of work experience since graduating from an undergraduate degree (e.g. BA or BSc) For example, if you plan to apply for an MBA in September 2022, the latest possible graduation date is September 2019.

MBA applicants who already hold an MA or MSc require just two years of work experience since graduating (from the postgraduate degree). For example, if you plan to apply for an MBA in September 2022, the latest possible graduation date is September 2020.

Application fees

There are no application fees for Stipendium Hungaricum or Diaspora scholarship applicants.

There is an application fee of €75 for self-funded applicants – this is easy to pay when you make your online application.

Administering your application

To proceed in the application process, you must:

  • Provide all of the documents stated above (including “in progress” academic transcripts and evidencing proof of your English proficiency)
  • Meet the relevant minimum credit requirements for your programme (having provided all required documentation)
  • Pay the application fee (if you are a self-funded applicant).

Please click on the yellow blocks below for more information.

Minimum credit requirements

Minimum credit requirements explained

In Hungary, there are legal pre-requisite credit requirements to study MA, MSc and MBA programmes. 

Please make sure you meet the minimum requirements for this programme before applying. You will be rejected if you do not meet the minimum credit requirements.

You may be better suited to another programme if you don’t think you will meet the minimum requirements.

Generally, you will need to have completed some credits related to the programme you are applying to study.

Credit requirements are stated in ECTS (the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) – the system used in Hungary.

The Hungarian authorities recognise approximately 30 learning hours as 1 ECTS.

Therefore, if your credits are not given in ECTS (which will apply to most applicants who have studied outside of the EU!), you can calculate the correct value (in ETCS) by establishing your total learning hours and then dividing by 30.

Learning hours should include:

  • Teaching hours
  • Private study hours
  • Assessments.

Notes

Minimum requirements can range from 15-50 ECTS.
Do not just count teaching hours, as you will be disadvantaged.

Your current/previous university will be able to provide you with learning hours and credit value for modules or courses completed in your programme. If this is not stated in your academic transcript, request a “programme specification” or individual “module specification(s)”.

You should do this for each relevant module or course that you want to be recognised.

Please read our June 2021 blog post for more information about “credit recognition”.

Minimum credit requirements – what to do

Once you have calculated your credits in ECTS, please complete the relevant form for the programme you are applying for.

“Credit Recognition Forms” will be provided for each programme, on this page, soon.

Upload the completed form along with any relevant supporting documents (notably your transcripts, programme or module specifications) to DreamApply.

English language proficiency

Please note: requirements differ for the MSc Management and Leadership, please see the dedicated section below.

Corvinus accepts the following language certificates with the minimum scores stated below:

Test providerCambridgeIELTSTOEFLTOEFL iBTTOEICDuolingo
Min score (B2 equiv.)FCE6.0657278595

Note: the above certificates are only valid for two years after taking the test. If you are applying to study at Corvinus in September 2022, your test date should be later than September 2020, otherwise, you will need to renew the certificate (unless you meet the exemptions below).

English language exemptions

You are exempt from (i.e. do not require) the above:

  • If you have completed a BA or BSc in English and have written, official proof from your university that the language of instruction was English for the full duration of your studies.
  • If you are a native English speaker – defined as per the list of countries recognised by the UK government – https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english (if your country is not on this list, you will need one of the above certificates).

Please provide proof of English proficiency or exemption upon making your application – you will not be invited to participate in entrance exams without this.

Automatic admission

Please note: requirements differ for the MSc Management and Leadership, please see the dedicated section below.

You will be exempt from any entrance exams if you can provide proof of any of the following when you make your application. In which case, you will receive an automatic conditional offer (subject to all other requirements being met).

  1. BA or BSc from an AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS (EFPD) or EAPAA accredited faculty/university or accredited programme with a final (average) grade of “C” (or equivalent)
  2. GMAT with minimum 500 points (average across verbal and quantitative measures)
  3. GRE with minimum 151 points (average across verbal and quantitative measures).

Please note: all other applicants will be required to pass entrance exams.

Entrance exams

Please note: requirements differ for the MSc Management and Leadership, please see the dedicated section below.

Our admissions office will evaluate your application and supporting documents. If needed and you are eligible, you will then be contacted to participate in an entrance exam.

There are three types of exams (or steps), though step 2 is only required for selected programmes. MBA applicants (who meet work experience and other requirements) will also proceed straight to step 3.

Competency test (step 1)

Applicants for all MA/MSc programmes will require a competency test.

The test will be conducted online.

The test will be held between 4-5 April 2022 for Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora nominees.

There will be an “early bird” test date for self-funded applicants before 4-5 April 2022.

The will be a later test date for self-funded applicants before 19-20 May 2022.

You will receive an email inviting you to participate a minimum of five days before the exam. Please ensure you whitelist emails from international.admissions@uni-corvinus.hu and be sure to regularly check your inbox (including junk/spam folders).

Failure to participate may result in your application being rejected.

Pre-interview test (step 2)

Applicants for the following MA/MSc programmes who have already passed the competency test will be invited to participate:

  • MSc Business Informatics
  • MSc Economic Analysis
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc International Economy and Business
  • MA International Relations
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Public Policy and Management

Applicants for all other programmes who have passed step 1 will proceed straight to step 3.

Please see the relevant programme pages of our website for more details about the content of your pre-interview test.

Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora nominees and “early bird” self-funded applicants will be contacted via email by the team for the programme you have applied to from 6-8 April 2022 with further instructions.

Later self-funded applicants will receive an email with further instructions from the programme team from 23-25 May 2022 with further instructions.

Failure to participate may result in your application being rejected.

The pass mark is 50%.

Oral exam (interview) (step 3)

Applicants who have passed step 1 and/or step 2 will be invited for an interview.

All MBA applicants (meeting other requirements, e.g. work experience) will be invited for an interview.

Our interviews are generally held online – via Skype, Teams or Zoom.

Interviews will take place between 19 – 22 April 2022 for Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora nominees.

There will be “early bird” interview appointments for self-funded applicants between 19-22 April 2022.

The will be later interview dates for self-funded applicants in 7–10 June 2022.

You should receive an email inviting you to schedule an interview a minimum of five days before the interview date. Please ensure you whitelist emails from international.admissions@uni-corvinus.hu and be sure to regularly check your inbox (including junk/spam folders).

Failure to attend an interview may result in your application being rejected.

The following will be assessed at your interview:

  • Knowledge relevant to your programme (25%)
  • Skills relevant to your programme (25%)
  • Motivation (50%).

The interview pass mark is 65% for postgraduate programmes.

Interview preparation materials will be made available here soon.

Results

You will be made a conditional offer if you pass all steps and meet all other requirements. If a programme quota is filled, applicants with the highest scores (across all admission areas) will be prioritised.

Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora applicants will be notified of their results via the DreamApply application platform by 27-29 April 2022.

Self-funded applicants will receive feedback by 17 June 2022.

There are typically three offer statuses you could receive by this point:

Offer statusMeaning
HEI Conditionally AcceptableProceed in the admission process and make sure all further requirements are met (as requested by our Admissions office)
HEI Rejected (Admission)You have not passed steps 1 – 3 or have failed to meet other admission requirements.
HEI Rejected (Quotas)You have achieved the 65% pass mark in step 3, but due to a quota limit and other applicants scoring higher, your application has been unsuccessful

Your application could also have the status “Formally Rejected”, for example, if you do not provide statutory documentation or meet prelimiary requirements.

Uploading documents

When you submit your application

Please ensure that you upload all the following documents when you make your initial application.
If you are a Stipendium Hungaricum applicant, please upload to DreamApply before 15 January 2022.
If you are a Diaspora scholarship applicant, please upload to DreamApply before 31 January 2022.

Self-funded applicants should provide all documents and pay the application fee upon submitting their online application.

  • In progress BA, BSc certificates and transcripts – please be sure to also state your GPA and maximum GPA possible in your online application form
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see above)
  • A valid passport
  • Letter of motivation* – minimum one page
  • CV/resume* –  please be sure to also state work and activity experience in your online application.

*For Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship applicants only.

You should also submit a completed “Credit Recognition Form” evidencing that you meet the minimum credit requirements for your programme as soon as possible (please see “minimum credit requirements” above). Our Admissions office will contact you after you submit your online application if you have not yet provided it.

15 April 2022 – Mandatory medical certificate

Deadline to upload your mandatory medical certificate if you are a Stipendium Hungaricum or Diaspora scholarship applicant.

1 August 2022 – completed undergraduate degree

Final deadline to upload your completed BA or BSc certificate and transcripts (the final, legalised certificate, transcripts and translations [if not in English]).

Please ensure your diploma has been legalised and legally translated (if not in English) and upload it to DreamApply.

Please also complete and upload this complementary form.

Please read our June 2021 blog post for more information about legalising your diploma.

Getting in touch

We receive a high volume of enquiries. To provide an efficient service to you and other applicants, please only get in touch with our Admissions office if you have taken all of the following steps and still can’t find the answer:

1) You have read this page

2) You have studied all the information available on our website about the programme(s) you have applied to

3) You have our frequently asked questions page (for international applicants).

If you then need to get in touch with our Admissions office, please click here to make an enquiry. Please allow up to two days for our staff to respond.

Email advice

You should not need to email our Admissions office. In urgent circumstances, please follow the following protocols.

  1. Read all available resources first (including this page!).
  2. Make an enquiry and wait up to two full working days for a response. For example, if you make an enquiry after 16:00 on Monday, please wait until after 8:00 Thursday for a response before emailing.

    Please keep in mind regular working hours and that Saturday and Sunday are not working days.
  3. If you need to send an email, always include the following in the email subject line:
    – Your full name
    – Your application type, e.g. “Stipendium Hungaricum”, “Diaspora scholarship” or “Self-funded”
    – Your application ID: e.g. “123456”

    In your email body, please describe issues clearly, but as briefly as possible. Attach relevant screenshots if they will help to demonstrate issues.

    Please do not send multiple emails to multiple staff members.
  4. Again, please wait up to two full working days for a response to your email – do not keep sending emails.

More information

Please see p 12 of the Stipendium Hungaricum call for applications.

Please see p 12 of the Diaspora scholarship call for applications.

Nominations and visa expeditions

Corvinus University of Budapest has no influence on sending partner nominations or allocating places to offer holders placed on reserve lists (for Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora scholarship programmes).

We are unable to write to Hungarian Embassies or the National Directorate responsible regarding visa applications.

MSc Management and Leadership

Our MSc Management and Leadership programme is available to self-funded international applicants only.

MSc Management and Leadership students will be simultaneously enrolled for the CEMS Master in Management. Therefore, slightly different entry requirements apply to meet the CEMS requirements.

English language requirements

Test providerTOEFL iBTTOEFL iBT Special Home EditionIELTSCPE*CAE**BEC†Corvinus††
Min score (C1 equiv.)100100 (& min 20 in each component)7.0CBBC1

††“Economic English” (Közgazdasági szaknyelv)

You are exempt from the above if you have a BA/BSc taught entirely in English from an English speaking country (https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english) or in a CEMS or EQUIS/AACSB-accredited institution.

Entrance exams

Our admissions office will evaluate your application and supporting documents. If eligible, you will be invited to participate in some entrance exams.

There are only two steps for admission onto the MSc Management and Leadership programme

Pre-interview test (step 1)

“Early bird” applicants will be contacted via email by the programme team from April – May 2022 with further instructions.

Later applicants will receive an email with further instructions from the programme team from May – June 2022 with further instructions.

Failure to participate may result in your application being rejected.

The pass mark is 50%.

Exemptions

You will be exempt from step 1 (only) if you can provide proof of any of the following when you make your application.
1.         BA or BSc from an AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS (EFPD) or EAPAA accredited faculty/university or accredited programme with a final (average) grade of “C” (or equivalent)
2.         GMAT with minimum 500 points (average across verbal and quantitative measures)
3.         GRE with minimum 151 points (average across verbal and quantitative measures).

Oral exam (interview) (step 2)

Applicants who have passed (or are exempt) from step 1 will be invited for an interview.

Our interviews are generally held online – via Skype, Teams or Zoom.
Interviews will take place for “early bird self-funded applicants between April – May 2022.
The will be later interview dates for self-funded applicants in May – June 2022.

You should receive an email inviting you to schedule an interview a minimum of five days before the interview date. Please ensure you whitelist emails from international.admissions@uni-corvinus.hu and be sure to regularly check your inbox (including junk/spam folders).

Failure to attend an interview may result in your application being rejected.

The following will be assessed at your interview:

  • Knowledge relevant to your programme (25%)
  • Skills relevant to your programme (25%)
  • Motivation (50%).

Interview preparation materials will be made available here soon.

The interview pass mark is 65%, if you have been successful, you will receive a conditional offer (please see above).

Credit Recognition Forms

MA Communication credit recognition form
MA International Relations credit recognition form
MBA credit recognition form
MSc Business Informatics credit recognition form
MSc Economic Analysis credit recognition form
MSc Finance credit recognition form
MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing credit recognition form
MSc Marketing credit recognition form
MSc Management and Leadership credit recognition form
MSc International Economy and Business credit recognition form
MSc Regional and Environmental Economics credit recognition form
MSc Public Policy and Management credit recognition form
MA Sociology credit recognition form
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