Master Studies are 2-year (4 semester) programs completed by a Master thesis defense and the Final State Exam. The title awarded is Magistr (corresponding to the English Master), abbreviated as Mgr.
Master programs seek motivated candidates with strong interest in social science theory and methodology in the respective field. They offer introduction to the 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 the Study and Examination Regulations of Masaryk University. Students are required to fulfill 20 ECTS credits per semester as a minimum; however the optimal study plan counts on at least 30 ECTS. The overall value of 180 ECTS must be obtained during the whole studies to take part in the Final State Exam consisting of 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. Besides, the admission committes evaluate recommendations, resumes and other documents. Sometimes, skype interviews are part of the admission procedure.
Applications open twice a year:
- Sepember enrollment: apply between 1 January and 30 April
- February enrollment: apply between 1 August and 30 November
- 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 or 6,000 euro per the whole degree program)
- For all programs and all faculties, see tuition fees at Masaryk University
Tips for financing your 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.
- Erasmus+ Master loans
- Erasmus Mundus Action II program (MU is a member of several consortia; some of which still have degree-seeking scholarships)
- International Visegrad Fund (specified countries)
- Masaryk University is accredited in the system of US Federal Student Loans
- All Masaryk University students are entitled to the subsidized meals in MU canteens and cafeterias, to a subsidy for accommodation (once per semester), and a wide range of mobility scholarships
- Faculty of Social Studies students are entitled to receive various scholarships and stipends, usually based on merit (see Students section)
Admission calendar and deadlines for application
- April 30 – deadline to submit application to Master's degree programs for September enrollment (e-application is open between 1 January and 30 April)
- November 30 – deadline to submit application to Master's degree programs open for February enrollment (e-application is open between 1 August and 30 November); visa-country applicants are recommended to submit a complete application by October 31
Please note – joint and double degree programs have different deadlines and applications are submitted at our partner universities. Masaryk University is not the coordinator, the online application here https://is.muni.cz/prihlaska/?lang=en is only to collect data.
- European Governance (double degree) – apply by 1 April via Utrecht University https://www.uu.nl/masters/en/european-governance
- Joint Master in International Relations : Europe from the Visegrad Perspective – 5 application rounds in Krakow. Please follow this link to get more information about the program and the admission: https://welcome.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/programmes/ma-ir
- Also please note that all applicants for IVF scholarship must submit the online application in the first half of January and please inform us via email firstname.lastname@example.org that you apply for this scholarship
Application and application pack
As part of your application, you need to submit the e-application form with your personal data (and your own email), cover the application fee of 650CZK and submit the documents that form the application pack:
- Your CV/resumé
- Motivation letter/statement of purpose
- Diploma (or confirmation of current studies)
- Full transcripts
- Proof of English
- ID or passport
- Recommendations – must be sent by the referees themselves to our e-mail or mail contacts
You must deliver the application pack by the given deadline:
Upload the 6 documents via the e-application form (name each of the files clearly: e.g. CV_Surname_Name, etc. and send pdf files with more pages scanned in one) and ask your referee(s) to send us the recommendation(s) letter via email
Important!: Prior to enrollment, it is necessary to obtain the formal recognition of prior education in the Czech Republic.
Admission requirements and e-application links
All Master's programs applicant must have completed prior Bachelor education, 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 language proficiency and recommendation letter 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.
- Read the website of a chosen degree program for concrete requirements or see general entry requirements for English-taught Master programs at MU
- E-application – establish the online record of your application (it has to be submitted and paid), and send us the relevant documents - application pack - for evaluation and obtaining the admission decision. Application fee for Master level is 400 CZK.
- NOTE: easy way to find the e-application form of a concrete Master program is to click at the MU PAGE + APPLY button on individual program page (you find all of them here) on our website
Entrance examination - Czech-taught Masters
Applicants to Master-level degree programs taught in Czech language can be selected either based on excellent study results and motivations (in certain fields of study), or based on the results of entrance examinations, which are oral and / or written. An advanced knowledge of Czech language, starting at B2 level, is required.