The Department of Gender Studies meets the growing demand for expertise in gender issues by providing both Master’s and doctoral level programs in gender studies, as well as serving as a base for non-degree studies and other activities in the field. The department attracts students from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities, and focuses on integrative and comparative approaches in gender studies. The department emphasizes a rich variety of intertwined scholarly interests, such as gender and (post) state-socialist studies, nationalism, theory, cultural studies, transnationalism, and international political movements. With an important, but not exclusive, focus on Central and Eastern Europe, both the Master’s and doctoral programs seek to contribute to the development of socially relevant knowledge based on these approaches, and to critically interrogate past and present developments related to gender in culture and society.

Programs offered

• Master of Arts in Gender Studies / 1 year
• Master of Arts in Critical Gender Studies / 2 years
• Master of Arts in Gender Studies (GEMMA) / 2 years
• Master of Arts in European Women’s and Gender History (MATILDA) / 2 years
Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Gender Studies

Research areas

• Social movements, activism, policy and governance
• Political economy, global inequalities, gender and labor
• Gendered nationalism, borders and transnational flows
• Gender, war, sexualized violence and memory
• Postcolonial and decolonial critiques of global inequalities
• Sexuality and queer theory
• Studies of gender and science, technology and medicine
• Feminist cultural studies

Why CEU?

• Students and faculty from 115 countries
• Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
• Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
• 8:1 student/faculty ratio
• Based in Budapest and Vienna


In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous and accessible scholarships, available to students from any country.

In 2017-2018, 82% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing. 

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