MA Sociology

Deepen your understanding and view society through multiple lenses. Apply complex thinking. Navigate through a system of social issues and conflicts and propose meaningful solutions.

Programme Information

The aim of the program is to analyse social and technological challenges and processes arising from globalisation, as well as the theories, methods and results of investigating global social change. During the training, special attention will be paid to a methodologically grounded critical thinking.

This four-semester Master programme focuses on the deep understanding of contemporary concepts, theories, analytical sociological models related to global social change, and is designed to teach the students the importance of critical analysis of social processes and problems in a global versus local framework.

Our programme is research- and practice oriented. Students will acquire profound knowledge of up-to-date research methods including computer-assisted analysis of qualitative sources, methods of analysing large-scale survey, global statistical data, social network data, social media and methods of impact assessment. In the final semester our students enter into an internship in various local and global organizations which will broaden their working experiences and improves their final thesis research topic.

Under the guidance of internationally renowned scholars throughout their studies our students learn in an international student environment, and they have the chance to study in another European university within the Erasmus Mundus framework and other exchange programmes.

Depending on the progress in their own research project, students can take part in Student Scientific Research Competitions, publish in sociological journals, and continue the study in our PhD in Sociology programme.

ECTS: 120
Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
Teaching hours: 10-16 hours/week
Includes internship: Compulsory (180 hours)
Start date: 12 September 2022

Tuition fees (EEA): 560 000 HUF (≈ € 1 550*) per semester
Total tuition fees (EEA): 2 240 000 HUF (≈ € 6 150*)
Tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 2 900 per semester
Total tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 11 600

*Fees conversion amount may vary due to exchange rates.

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What you will study
Core Modules

Year 1

  1. Theories of Global SocialChange
  2. Evaluating SocialInterventions
  3. Approaches to Technologyand Society
  4. Global Data on EconomicDevelopment, Population and Migration

Year 2

  1. Gender and Work inComparative Perspective
  2. Social Network Analysis
  3. Participatory ResearchMethods
  4. Multilevel andLongitudinal Data Analysis

* The above is not an exhaustive list. Corvinus University of Budapest reserves the right to change modules.


There are two remarkable scholarship opportunities available to Non-EU international students:

  • Stipendium Hungaricum (for non-EU nationals from >70 countries)
  • Diaspora scholarships (for international students with Hungarian ancestry).

Both scholarships entitle you to:

  • Free tuition for the duration of your studies
  • 43,700 HUF (c. €120) per month for the duration of your studies (for living costs)
  • University accommodation or an additional 40,000 HUF (c. €110) per month for the duration of your studies (accommodation allowance)
  • Medical insurance.

Eligibility requirements apply, so please click on “Scholarship opportunities” for more information.

Scholarship opportunities

Application Requirements 

  • A completed higher education
  • You will take part in a preliminary interview
  • Minimum B2 knowledge in English, proven by a certificate
  • A valid passport

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Preparatory Programme

If you do not meet the requirements, you can apply for our preparatory programme.

Note: there are three ways to apply to Corvinus as an international student:

  1. Self-funded route (all applicants)
  2. Stipendium Hungaricum route – non-EU applicants only, further restrictions apply
  3. Diaspora scholarship route - non-EU nationals with Hungarian heritage only, further restrictions apply

Credit requirements

Compulsory credit requirements – e.g. “Minimum 30 ECTS in economics and businesssocial sciences.”

In Hungary, there are legal pre-requisite credit requirements to study graduate programmes.

Please make sure you meet the minimum requirements for this programme before applying.

You will need a minimum of 20 ECTS constituted from any area(s) of social sciences.

Tip: to quickly calculate your credits in ECTS, divide learning hours by 30!

Learning hours should be formally described, but can be constituted of classroom hours, private study and assessment.

More information

Beáta Nagy’s main research field is gender and work. She is the director of the Gender and Cultural Centre at Corvinus, and board member of the European Consortium for Sociological Research. She has published articles in both Hungarian and English journals, and also published a book on the lack of female students in IT and technology in 2015. Her latest research dealt with the work-life balance, and also with the time teenagers and their parents spend together with special attention to digital technology. The recent qualitative research, together with her young colleagues, investigated the situation of mothers during the COVID-19 quarantine in Hungary and in Romania.

Dr. Beáta Nagy
Programme Director

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What our students think

Jaramillo Jarrin Michelle Adriana

“Corvinus has opened my eyes to new perspectives not only within my career but also of the global changes happening right now. The best Corvinus experience is meeting people from different places which I would have never come across otherwise and learning from their cultures. I would recommend this program to anybody that is curious about global changes and is wondering about macro trends on development, politics, current socio-technological dilemmas and, since the program has a big technical and methodological component, I would recommend it to people that are looking to work with global data to answer to socio-economic challenges.”

Career opportunities

Our students are able to find work as Sociologists and Analysts at local, national or global organizations, Researchers at research institutions and think tanks, Educators and Teachers in social sciencies, Analysts in Social Relations and Researchers in public or private sector companies.

Our graduates are working at prestigious companies like Menedék Egyesület.

Internship opportunities include working at the Anthropolis Association​.


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