Master's Studies

Why study your master's at the Faculty of Social Studies

Join us 13 April at 16:00 CEST for a livesream to learn more about the master's programmes offered at the Faculty of Social Studies in English. Students will share their experiences, give tips on the application process, and answer questions from viewers.

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English-taught Master Programs

Students who study at the Faculty of Social Studies find their opening to the world of opportunities. Classes are taught by experts in their field, as well as visiting professors from well-known universities around the world. Masaryk University, as the second largest university in the Czech Republic is able to invite ambassadors and experts in their fields, in addition to hosting conferences.

For more information on the program, please visit their website. Below is information regarding the application procedures.

Students can choose to start the program in September or February. Please see deadlines and more information below.

The Master Studies are 2-year (4 semester) programs completed by the Master of Defense and the Final State Exam. The title awarded is Master (corresponding to the English Master), abbreviated as Mgr.

“In my search for a master’s degree program abroad, the most important things I was looking for were the field of study, the reputation of the university and international recognition of the program, and also the affordability of living in that country.”

Müge Salihoğlu


General info on Masters programs

Master programs seek motivated candidates with strong interest in social science theory and methodology in the field. They offer introduction to disciplines and core areas in compulsory courses and a wide range of options for specialization.

Standard length of study is two years and it is based on Study and Examination Regulations of Masaryk University. Students are required to complete 20 ECTS credits per semester as a minimum; however the optimal study plan counts at least 30 ECTS. The overall value of 180 ECTS must be obtained during the whole study to take part in the Final State Examination of the Master Thesis and written or oral examination.

The study is designed for successful graduates of Bachelor programs in social sciences and humanities, or related fields. Applicants are expected to prove their motivation, good results from previous studies, and advanced knowledge of English. In addition, the admission committes evaluate recommendations, resumes and other documents. Sometimes, skype interviews are part of the admission procedure.

Application Deadlines

30 April: September enrollment

  • Applications are open starting September 1

15 November: February enrollment

  • Applications are open starting July 15
  • visa-country applicants (non-EU citizens) are recommended to submit a complete application by October 31  

* For students from countries that require visa to study in the Czech Republic , we recommend applying the following deadlines to give more time for the visa process. For students from non-OECD countries, please note that this process may take longer than expected.

Note: the admission documents from the university can´t be older than 180 days at the time you apply for visa otherwise your visa application will not be accepted at the embassy.

**Europe from the Visegrad Perspective and European Governance have their own deadlines. Please visit their websites for more information.

In case you wish to apply for some kind of scholarship and you need to have the acceptance letter in advance, please take into account that it´s necessary to submit and pay the online application one month before you need the admission documents. Additionally, you must inform the admission office about this request via email.

Tuition Fees and Financing

The tuition fees for the Master’s programs at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University are 1,500 euro per semester (3,000 euro per year)

See the MU website for  tuition fees for academic years  (2021/22). 

*These costs do not apply for Europe from the Visegrad Perspective and European Governance (in the second year). Please visit their websites for more information.

In case you wish to apply for some kind of scholarship and you need to have the acceptance letter in advance, please take into account that it´s necessary to submit and pay the online application one month before you need the admission documents. Additionally, you must inform the admission office about this request via email.

Tips for financing studies

Since the English-taught programs are not subsidized by the Czech Ministry of Education, students are advised to seek support from sponsors and foundations.

Application Procedure
  • Submitting an application

    Students can only apply to the program when the applications are open. To apply, go to the E-application  - here you also find all details about the degree program and its admission requirements with the full list of literature for the entrance exam, if applicable

    Complete application means: submit the e-application, cover the application fee of CZK 700 (via bank card or bank transfer), and send all documents for evaluation .

    The documents we collect are below:

    • Your CV / resume
    • Motivation letter / statement of purpose 
    • Diploma (or confirmation of current studies)
    • Full transcripts
    • Proof of English - B2 level minimum
    • ID or passport

    Additional documents that may be required depending on the programme.

    • 1 or 2 Recommendations 
    • Essay (sample of academic writing)

    You must deliver the complete application by the deadline.
    Upload the required documents via the e-application form  (name of each file clearly: eg CV_Surname_Name, etc. and send PDF files with multiple pages scanned in one) 

    Important!:  Prior to enrollment, but after being accepted into the programme, it is necessary to obtain formal recognition of prior education in the Czech Republic.  

    The next steps of the admission process and entrance conditions will be communicated to you through the online application and by letter / email from the University. You can track the status of your application by yourself through the online application system anytime.

    Applications will be reviewed by the admission committee and students who pass the first round will be invited for a online video interview.

    Specific programme requirements for application:

    Conflict and Democracy Studies

    The admission process may involve an interview (usually conducted via Zoom) where the applicant would discuss with the selection committee his/her background as well as one of the following three texts:

    • Buzan, Barry, Ole Waever, and Jaap de Wilde. Security: A New Framework for Analysis (Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 1998), Chapter 2.
    • Collier, Paul, and Anke Hoeffler. “Greed and Grievance in Civil War.” Oxford Economic Papers 56(4): 2004, pp. 563-595.
    • Fukuyama, Francis. The End of History? The National Interest (16): 1989, pp. 3-18.

    If you do not have access to the above texts, we will send them to you upon request.

    Please note that all the required materials must be in English. A diploma or transcripts not issued in English, Czech or Slovak should be accompanied by an official English language translation, stamped and signed by an authorized translator or university office.

    Energy Policy Studies

    Pick a topic in (international) energy politics. It does not matter whether the topic is something affecting the whole world (like climate change or transition to renewable energy) or whether it is something more regional (like the conflict and cooperation behind the Nord Stream gas pipelines, for example). In your 700-800 words essay, describe the topic and then imagine you are a political leader participating in solving an issue or a problem relevant to your topic. What would you, as a political leader, do? What solutions would you suggest and why? Explain and defend your reasoning. If citing any sources, make sure you cite them properly and that you avoid any intended or unintended plagiarism.

  • Online Video Interview

    Successful applicants for the first round may be invited for an onine video interview. If this step is necessary, students will receive an email about the next steps and how to set up the interview.  

  • Admission Requirements

    All Master's programs have a Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably in social sciences or humanities. Admission is granted to candidates with good study results, strong motivation and interest in the topic. Proof of English proficiency and recommendation required. The admission committees evaluate applications of all candidates based on submitted materials (maximum 100 points; with 60 points as a passing level), and in case of need, they arrange video-interviews with the applicants.

Application Fees

Fees associated with the admission procedure for Masters programs was set at 750 CZK.

You will find full instructions in the e-application and you will use your bank's exchange rate (card, as well as bank transfer payments are possible). The applicants are required to pay the fee for each application submitted. Payment information for each electronic application, including individually assigned identification code, is generated by the Information System following the submission of the online form. The system generates a bill after each individual e-application is filled out.

When submitting more than one application, the applicant can pay for all applications with a single payment. Payment is made through the MU online shop. It is not necessary to confirm payment by post. Applicants who fail to attend the entrance examinations will not be refunded.

In case you wish to apply for some kind of scholarship and you need to have the acceptance letter in advance, please take into account that it´s necessary to submit and pay the online application one month before you need the admission documents. Additionally, you must inform the admission office about this request via email.

After Acceptance

After acceptance, students should follow all necessary information provided by the Department, the Program, and the International Office. For more information, please review the international student guide. Students who are accepted to the program will need to do the following.

  1. Students must submit their prior degrees (secondary school, BA, MA, etc) for recognition, this can be done once arriving in Brno, but steps must be taken in your home country . All accepted students receive detailed information from this process.
    • Please note: students who have studied in the Czech Republic and Slovakia do not need to go through this process for studies done in these countries. Always follow directions provided by the admissions office. 
  2. Apply for a visa student if a non-EU citizen. More information about the visa process is available here .
  3. Apply for accommodation
    • Please note: applications for accommodation in MUNI dormatories open in January for the February start date. 

Information Videos:

Admission contact for programs in English

General Questions

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