Corvinus University of Budapest

MA Sociology

Be open-minded and analyze global social processes! Become a great expert!

Programme Information

The aim of the program is to analyse social and technological challenges and processes arising from globalisation, as well as the theories, methods and results of investigating global social change. During the training, special attention will be paid to a methodologically grounded critical thinking.

This four-semester Master programme focuses on the deep understanding of contemporary concepts, theories, analytical sociological models related to global social change, and is designed to teach the students the importance of critical analysis of social processes and problems in a global versus local framework.

Our programme is research- and practice-oriented. Students will acquire profound knowledge of up-to-date research methods including computer-assisted analysis of qualitative sources, methods of analysing large-scale survey, global statistical data, social network data, social media and methods of impact assessment. In the final semester our students enter into an internship in various local and global organizations which will broaden their working experiences and improves their final thesis research topic.

Depending on the progress in their own research project, students can take part in Student Scientific Research Competitions, publish in sociological journals, and continue the study in our PhD in Sociology programme.

Programme name: Sociology
Programme award: Master, MA

ECTS: 120
Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
Teaching hours: 10-16 hours/week
Includes internship: Compulsory (180 hours)
Start date: September 2024

Tuition fees (EEA): 990 000 HUF per semester
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. Theories of Global SocialChange

2. Approaches to Technology and Society

3. Global Data on Economic Development, Population and Migration

4. Statistical Methods for Comparative Research

Year 2

1. Gender and Work inComparative Perspective

2. The Migration Turn

3. Migration, Diversity and Integration

4. Public Policies for Human Development

* 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.

For entry into a Master’s programme that is different from the undergraduate degree. The full number of credits necessary for joining this master’s program is 60, from the following areas social sciences relevant to the sociology programme. The prerequisite of admittance into the Master’s programme is for the student to have at least 20 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.

This program is much more than just a master’s degree. The MA in Sociology provides globally relevant knowledge, skills and experience. Critical analysis is a daily experience for our students. Students learn a lot about global social relations not only from the lecturers but also from their peers through small, group-based, experiential learning. We give particular importance to the broad methodological knowledge that underpins analytical skills in the social sciences. The internship will facilitate entering the labour market and academic careers.  

Corvinus University of Budapest

Dr. Beáta Nagy
Programme Director

Accreditations and Rankings

#400-450 for Social Sciences and Management

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What our students think

Jaramillo Jarrin Michelle Adriana

“Corvinus has opened my eyes to new perspectives not only within my career but also of the global changes happening right now. The best Corvinus experience is meeting people from different places which I would have never come across otherwise and learning from their cultures. I would recommend this program to anybody that is curious about global changes and is wondering about macro trends on development, politics, current socio-technological dilemmas and, since the program has a big technical and methodological component, I would recommend it to people that are looking to work with global data to answer to socio-economic challenges.”

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Career opportunities

Our graduates progress to roles including: Social Worker, Public Opinion Analyst, Teacher, Social Relations Analyst, Sustainable Society Analyst.

What makes the courses unique?

• Broad methodological spectrum from interviewing to large-scale datasets, knowledge and use of international databases

• Diverse, international student group

• Learning to think critically

• Interdisciplinarity

• Diverse, international student group

• Small group, practice-oriented classes

• A broad range of elective subjects

• Diverse internship opportunities

• Preparation for academic and research careers

• Students can get involved in research projects in the department

• We encourage students to participate in student competition and to publish their results

• Opportunities to take methodological courses with PhD students

• Post-graduate studies at the Doctoral School of Sociology and Communication

Special subjects: Global data analysis and mapping of global databases; Technology and society: The future of work and artificial intelligence; Gender division of labour in a global perspective; Theories of global social change; Network analysis, Computational qualitative methods; Migration turn; Migration, diversity and inclusion; Education and inequality. Core Modules

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