Corvinus University of Budapest

MA International Relations

Open your eyes to the world to understand the background of international affairs and world events.

Programme Information

From September 2023, the International Relations MA programme prepares students for their future carreer in a renewed form, with reformed content and educational methods. Participants will be equipped with stronger methodological competences, can enjoy more freedom in selecting courses and have the opportunity to taylor their studies to their individual interests based on individual learning paths. Students get acquainted with theoretical and practical aspects of the IR discipline, developing a comprehensive understanding of the international system, the foreign policy ambitions of global and regional actors, the patterns of international conflicts and cooperation and their normative and institutional framework. In accordance with the evolution of IR discipline, our programme also provides broader knowledge of non-state actorsrole in international affairs, global challenges such as migration, pandemics, climate change, digitalization, and their impact on traditional inter-state relations. In terms of educational methods, our focus is on student activity and forms of evaluation that support individual professional development. Participation in the courses strengthens the analytical skills of the students and reinforces critical thinking, while it also prepares students to work in a dynamic, international environment. During the programme, students have the opportunity to attend off-classroom events (visiting international organisations, workshops and conferences) to support their future carreer. 

Programme name: International Relations

Programme award: Master, MA

ECTS: 120

Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)

Teaching hours: 10-16 hours/week

Start date: September 2024

Tuition fees (EEA): 990 000 HUF 

Total tuition fees (EEA): 3 960 000 HUF

Tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 3 300 per semester

Total tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 13 200

What you will study

Core Modules

Year 1

1. Research Design and Academic Writing

2. Comparative Foreign Policy

3. Globalisation and Economic Power

4. Major Powers in a Changing International Order

5. Contemporary Models in International Relations Theory

Year 2

1. Compulsory Electives

2. Global Problems and Global Challenges

3. Non-State Actors in International Relations

4. Digital Transformations in International Relations

5. Regime Types and Human Rights

6. East Central Europe in the 21st Century

* The above is not an exhaustive list. Corvinus University of Budapest reserves the right to change modules.


There are two remarkable scholarship opportunities available to Non-EU international students:

• Stipendium Hungaricum (for non-EU nationals from >70 countries)
• Diaspora scholarships (for international students with Hungarian ancestry).

Both scholarships entitle you to:

• Free tuition for the duration of your studies
• 43,700 HUF (c. €120) per month for the duration of your studies (for living costs)
• University accommodation or an additional 40,000 HUF (c. €110) per month for the duration of your studies (accommodation allowance)
• Medical insurance.

Eligibility requirements apply, so please click on “Scholarship opportunities” for more information.

Note: there are three ways to apply to Corvinus as an international student:

  1. Self-funded route (available for all applicants)
  2. Stipendium Hungaricum route – non-EU applicants only, further restrictions apply
  3. Diaspora scholarship route – non-EU nationals with Hungarian heritage only, further restrictions apply
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Application Requirements

• Completed bachelor/undergraduate degree

• GRE, GMAT, NMAT exams

• Meet minimum credit requirement

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Credit requirements

In Hungary, there are legal pre-requisite credit requirements to study graduate programmes.

Please make sure you meet the minimum requirements for this programme before applying.

The full number of credits necessary for joining this master’s program is 60, from the following areas: 

• introduction to social science: sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, psychology

• legal-governance studies: public law and civil law, constitutional law, public administration science, public policy, business law

• economic studies: economy, macro and micro economics, corporate economics, finance, international economics − political science: political thought, political history, international studies,

• historical, cultural, and linguistic studies: economy, social and cultural history studies, linguistic, filologic studies.

The prerequisite of admittance into the Master’s programme is for the student to have at least 30 credits. Missing credits must be attained as defined in the higher education institution’s Study and Exam Regulations.

Tip: to quickly calculate your credits in ECTS, divide learning hours by 30!

Learning hours should be formally described, but can be constituted of classroom hours, private study and assessment.

Dear students, future students and colleagues, 

Traditions of International Relations MA Programme go back to decades, not only ambassadors and foreign ministers serving in the Hungarian diplomacy completed one of our IR programmes, but our former students also achieved great results at other fields too. Our objective is to share high-level knowledge in International Relations reflecting on recent trends of world affairs and equip our students with analytical skills. We recommend this program to those who are eager to acquire deeper knowledge on the background of international news, to analyse international events and motives of actors. Our programme invites students from all around the world, this dynamic multicultural environment contributes to an easier start of your international career and offers excellent opportunities of networking. We are looking forward to meeting you in our programme! 

Corvinus University of Budapest

Dr. Bernadett Lehoczki
Programme Director


East Central Europe


Career opportunities

As a graduate of International Relations MA at Corvinus University, you will be prepared to find a job in a wide variety of fields. The career opportunities equally involve the public administration, business and non-governmental sectors, but you may also pursue an academic career. Depending on your character and professional interests, you can work as a diplomat or other public servant in charge of international affairs, as an officer or an analyst at an intergovernmental organisation (UN family, EU organizations, OECD, etc.), as a practitioner or advisor at an international NGO, a foreign policy analyst or journalist specialized in international affairs, but you may also be employed in various positions at multinational or national companies. After completing the programme, students can typically find a job immediately.  

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