MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (two years)

Please note that we do not accept applications for this program any longer. If you are a prospective student applying for the two-year MA, see the list of our MA programs starting in September 2024.


The two-year program specifically addresses the needs of students who have a three-year background in history or another discipline related to Medieval Studies. It aims at understanding persistent themes in the experience of these regions in a longue durée perspective while allowing students to increasingly immerse themselves in their chosen key area of research and its specific methodologies. Completing the two-year MA program results in a degree in Historical Studies with a Specialization in Medieval Studies.

The CEU two-year MA program is shared between the Medieval Studies and History Departments. Students entering the program usually like to have a bit more time in order to gain background knowledge before embarking on doctoral research.

  • Students attend classes offered jointly by both departments primarily in their first year and to a lesser degree, in their second year; they prepare and defend a prospectus of their proposed MA thesis and those planning a medieval topic learn, or polish their knowledge of, medieval source languages.
  • In the second year, students move into one of the departments depending on the MA thesis topic they wish to pursue and write and defend a thesis on a topic in either modern history or medieval studies.

The medieval studies’ program is multidisciplinary, which is reflected in the curriculum and means that students, whatever their backgrounds, are expected to obtain basic training and participate in research discussions of various fields of medieval scholarship, like history, literature, linguistics, art history, philosophy, philology, archaeology and other areas.

Faculty members offer guidance, assistance, and supervision of the students’ own creative work and, naturally, information on fields that students may not have studied before. They also help students navigate the international academic scene.

Program director of the 2YMA program is Éloïse Adde (
Program coordinator
of the 2YMA program is: Jessica Knowles (

Our two-year Master of Arts degrees are accredited both in the United States and in Austria.