Overview of the MA in Global Economic Relations program

This joint program with the Department of International Relations integrates training in international relations with economics. It provides students with the knowledge and analytical skills to prepare and evaluate economic policies and strategic decision-making in a global setting. This program is fee-based only.

This innovative and interdisciplinary program integrates training in international relations and economics. The program focuses on deepening theoretical understanding and enhancing students’ skills and knowledge in data analysis, global politics and global economic affairs.

The program is designed to provide young professionals and practitioners with an ‘upgrade of skills’ with a strong focus on theoretical application and data analysis.

The one-year MA program in Global Economic Relations builds on the strong tradition of international relations scholarship and adds the tools and the approach of economics to enable students to carry out and understand more in-depth analysis in their fields. In addition the program provides the students with context, methodological background and a solid theoretical understanding of global issues, challenges and problems.

This program is offered in a flexible format: full-time (1 year), part-time (2 years), modular (3 years)

Sample Curriculum:

Pre-session in September (mandatory, 0 credit): Introduction to Quantitative Methods (pass/fail) 

Fall Semester (16 credits): 

Mandatory courses (6-8 credits): Business Economics (2 credits) Concepts and Theories for Understanding World Politics (4 credits) , Research Design and Methods in IR I (2 credits) and Academic Writing ( 0 credits)

Elective courses (8-10 credits): Selected courses from the two departments. E.g: The Political Economy of the EU (4 credits),Courts as Global Policy Actors (4 credits), Economics of Law (ECBS -2 credits), Data Analysis 1. ( ECBS -2 credits), Data Analysis 2. ( ECBS-2 credits), Corporate Governance ( ECBS- 2 credits), Transition Economics ( ECBS-4 credits), Macroeconomic Policies and Institutuion ( ECBS- 2 credits)

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Winter Semester (16 credits)

Mandatory courses: Research Design and Methods in IR II (2 credits), Business Economics (2 credits)

Elective courses (16 credits): Selected courses from the two departments. E.g. , International and European Refugee Law, Global Economy: Emergence and Current Issues I.-II. (ECBS- 4 credits) ,Competition Policy ( ECBS - 4 credits), Fiscal Policy in Practice ( ECBS-4 credits) Health Policy ( ECBS-4 credits), International Economic Policy ( ECBS- 3 credits), International Economic Policy Seminars ( ECBS- 2 credits) , Macroeconomics and Public Finance ( ECBS- 4 credits), Money, Banking and Monetary Policy ( ECBS- 2 credits), EU Security Policy

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Spring Semester (8 credits)

Mandatory (4 credits): `Policy Paper`

Electives (4 credits): Selected courses from the two department, but due to the different organisational structures of the two departments mostly from the Department of Economics. 


Write a thesis (8 credits). 

Entry Requirements

You can find detailed information on the CEU`s general admission procedure here and on our program specific requirements here