Master of Arts in Economics

At a glance:

  • a 2 year MA program focusing on technical skills to do research in the public/private sector or to continue with a PhD at CEU or elsewhere
  • students learn the tools to understand cutting-edge research in economics
  • over 90% of students get full tuition waiver
  • over 60% of students get both a full tuition waiver and a fellowship (and accommodation if necessary)
  • top students continue by doing a PhD at e.g. Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Berkeley, LSE, Duke
  • typically 20-25 students admitted yearly
  • MA 1st year students will spend the Fall in Budapest, and the Winter and Spring in Vienna

The U.S. accredited two-year MA program in Economics was launched in 1994/5. The program is registered in the U.S. by the Board of Regents of the  New York State Education Department. This MA program was also accredited by the Hungarian Higher Education Accreditation Board in March, 2007, (as "Közgazdasági elemző mesterszak” in Hungarian), and it is designed according to the Bologna model. The Hungarian accredited  Master program in Economics was launched in 2007/8. The program is fully integrated and overlapping with our traditional two-year American MA program. Students accepted into the MA in Economics are first enrolled into the US accredited program. Upon enrollment they can opt for enrolling into the Hungarian accredited program as well. By choosing this option they have to satisfy some additional requirements.

The language of teaching and administration is English. Each year 20-25 students are admitted into the program. The Fall and Winter terms of the first year cover the core of mainstream economics (Mathematics, Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics). The spring term and the second year offer more advanced and specialized field courses in various topics, after which students write and defend their Master's thesis.

The program provides the skills necessary for research and analyst positions at government and international agencies, banks and other private firms, and also prepares students for continuing their studies at the best Economics Ph.D. programs around the world.


Program Head: Prof. Attila Rátfai (room: N13 412)

Program Administrator: Ms. Corinne Freiburger (room: N13 413, Contact person by email)