Corvinus University of Budapest

MA Political Economy

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Programme Information

Political Economy is a classic source of modern political science and economics but it is also a living and increasingly popular major worldwide. We are the first in Hungary to launch a degree with a choice of two specialisations. The language of instruction is English so we expect an international student body, all the more so because we offer a robust, theoretically grounded education that is unique in the Central European region.

The application period for September 2022 is now closed.
September 2023 admission period coming soon – click “enquire now” to find out more.

ECTS: 120
Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
Teaching hours: 8-12 hours/week
Internship: 8 weeks (320 hours)
Start date: 12 September 2022

Tuition fees (EEA): 750.000 HUF
Total tuition fees (EEA): 3.000.000 HUF
Tuition fees (Non-EEA): 2900 EUR
Total tuition fees (Non-EEA): 11.600 EUR

What you will study

Core Modules

Year 1

1. Empirical Analytical Methods

2. Historical Linkages between Economy and Politics

3. State and Governance

4. Political and Economic Systems and Transitions

Year 2

1. Advanced Studies in the elected specialization (see specializations below)

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


Self-funded students meeting eligibility criteria may apply for Visegrad scholarships.

Corvinus University of Budapest endorses the Visegrad Scholarship programme for MA, MSc and MBA applicants from Central Eastern Europe.

The scholarship makes the outstanding possibility of international higher education at Corvinus accessible and financially viable for more students in this region and beyond!

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

  1. Self-funded route (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

Application Requirements

• Completed bachelor/undergraduate degree

• B2 level of English

• An oral interview about your personal motivations regarding your study and career

• For more, please click here!

For Hungarian citizens

You can apply through

You can ask our student ambassador or the Student Services for further information via email address.

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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.

It is well known that politicians and economists tend to think differently. How can they understand each other? One of the tasks of Political Economy is to make communication between these fields easier and meaningful. In fact, we all pursue political and economic goals at the same time, making decisions based on ideological, valuational and welfare considerations alike. These choices create complex patterns of behavior, various institutions, and different political-economic systems that cannot simply exported and imported. Studying and understanding them is, thus, also essential for decision-makers in the international arena, which is another key task of Political Economy. Both are exciting and timely – but also classic tasks: join the search for understanding and for solutions!

Balázs Zoltán

Zoltán Balázs
Programme Director

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