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

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 either 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.

Please note that the course requirements described below entail spending 14 to 16 hours a week in the classroom. In addition, you are expected to attend the workshops and public lectures presented in the department and selected other events elsewhere at CEU. The MA programs demand keeping to a tight schedule and you must budget your time carefully.

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

Program director of the 2YMA program is Baukje van den Berg (
Program coordinator
of the 2YMA program is Zsófia Göde (

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