Master of Arts in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (one-year)

Our research-oriented, intensive MA program in Late Antique, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies grants an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Medieval Studies, while encouraging students to focus on their chosen area of specialty within a highly comparative and interdisciplinary framework.

The core curriculum

  • reflects the multi- and interdisciplinary goals of the department emphasizing the interconnectedness of different facets of the medieval past. It is recommended for applicants who come with a background in any aspect of medieval or historical studies and a minimum of four years of undergraduate/previous studies. Students with a focus on Late Antiquity,  medieval Latin, Byzantine, Slavonic or early modern Ottoman culture are welcome (Approximate time frame: 300-1600 CE).
  • includes an emphasis on modern research methodologies and intense work with the languages of medieval source materials.

In the one-year MA program entering students

  • are expected to be familiar with, and have basic research skills in their areas of specialty
  • should be prepared to become familiar with related topics, subjects and approaches that are not immediately or directly connected to their chosen main field or the subjects of their theses.

The department strives to supplement and improve on the expertise students bring with them from their former university (undergraduate or graduate) studies.

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 1YMA program is Katalin Szende (
Program coordinator
of the 1YMA program is Zsófia Göde (

The one-year Master of Arts degree is accredited in the United States and also in Austria.