Application to the MA Programs

The Department of Philosophy offers a two-year and a one-year MA programs.

One-year or Two-year option?

The choice between the one- or two-year option usually depends on the previous education of applicants. Holders of three-year BAs, or of degrees in subjects other than philosophy, are advised to apply for the two-year program. Holders of degrees of four or more years, with at least a minor in philosophy, may consider the one-year option.

If applicants are uncertain which option would suit them the best, they can submit an application for both programs. The application materials are the same for the two options.

Entry Requirements

  • An appropriate first degree from a recognized university or institution of higher education, or documentation indicating that the applicant will earn their degree from such an institution by the time of enrolling in the program
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Submission of the general CEU application form with its appendices, including the specific departmental requirements
  • Availability for admission interviews, possibly by telephone.

(see the general CEU admission requirements)

Documents to be submitted with the applications (same for both one- and two-year options)

General CEU requirements:

  • Completed online CEU Application Form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic records
  • A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
  • Proof of English proficiency

plus department specific requiriments:

  • A statement of purpose (1-2 single spaced pages). The statement should indicate the applicant's main interests in philosophy, the topics they would particularly like to study while pursuing a degree at CEU, and their general purpose in acquiring a philosophy degree
  • A 1500-2000 words long sample of academic writing. This can be (part of) a course essay, or a chapter of a thesis that the applicant produced while studying for their first degree, and it should be in English. Applicants who do not have a recent sample of academic writing may submit an essay (on a philosophical topic) which is similarly suitable for assessing their language abilities and argumentation skills.  

Financial Aid

CEU makes financial aid packages available to students in all Philosophy degree programs, in some cases including full tuition, housing, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Applications for admission to our master's programs by self-funding students continue to be accepted after the deadline for master's students seeking financial aid.

For additional information, please check CEU’s Admissions pages, including the pages Funding and FeesFinancial Aid for Admitted StudentsCEU Master’s Scholarships and CEU Master’s Tuition Awards.


Make sure to check CEU’s Application Deadlines!

Degree Accredited in Hungary and the US

The two-year Philosophy MA program is accredited both in the US and in Hungary. The one-year program is accredited only in the US. For those enrolled in the two-year program, the following options are available:

  • Hungarian citizens who would like to study for a Hungarian-accredited degree at CEU (in effect, at Közép-európai Egyetem), can apply through the central Hungarian admissons office at However, anyone who is applying through needs to apply also through CEU, by the CEU deadline.
  • Hungarian citizens who apply directly to CEU can be accepted for the US-accredited program. There is a second round of admissions administered by ("pótfelvételi") in the summer. So in effect, if a Hungarian citizen is accepted for the US accredited program after applying directly to CEU, they will also be able to apply to study for the Hungarian accredited degree in the summer.
  • Non-Hungarian citizens who apply directly to CEU and are accepted can express and intention upon enrollment to study not only for the US accredited degree but also for the Hungarian accredited degree, if there is a sufficient number of students who chose this option. If there are any differences in the requirements (which would be minimal, in any case), students will be informed about this.