PhD in Political Science – Human Rights Track

Degree requirements

Applicants not having a law degree, but holding a master’s degree in a field related to human rights qualify for the PhD in Political Science - Human Rights Track, offered jointly by the Department of Political Science.

Applicants for the PhD in Political Science - Human Rights Track program must have a Master's degree in a related field from a recognized university or institution of higher education. Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CEU must not be simultaneously enrolled in other institutions of higher education. 

The program is mainly designed for students finishing with an M.A. in Human Rights, but does not exclude applicants from outside of CEU.

Application requirements

Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. 

Required documents for online application:

NOTE: Late submission of required documents is not possible, and incomplete applications may lead to early stage rejection.

Examination

For CEU graduates applying to the Human Rights PhD program no separate testing will be offered. Admission is based on academic records and submitted application, as well as an interview with faculty from the Political Science Department and the Legal Studies Department.

Applicants who have not earned their Master’s degree at CEU are required to take the CEU-administered admission tests according to the following scheme:

At CEU testing location

NOTE: Applicants from countries with a local CEU representation must travel to the testing site location to take the admission test.

Candidates who received their law degree from an accredited American law school need not take the CEU-administered legal reasoning test. Rather, they should submit a copy of their LSAT scores with their application for admission, and follow the alternative testing instructions.

Alternative testing

NOTE: Applicants from countries without a local CEU representation may follow the alternative testing scheme, or if possible they may travel to a neighboring country to take the admission test.

Candidates who are unable to travel to a testing location, and who have not previously taken a Law School Admissions Test, are welcome to take the LSAT (see the LSAC website for LSAT administration information). CEU will accept a copy of their LSAT score report for the admissions process. However, taking the LSAT is not mandatory.

The Legal Studies admissions examination administered at the testing site is composed of the following:

  • Legal Reasoning Test (LSAT) 
  • Short academic essay(s) (60 minutes).
  • Telephone/Skype interview offered to selected applicants on the basis of the essay results.

 

Candidates applying to the Human Rights Program are invited to read the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)  , as well as a State Party report prepared in the context of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the Human Rights Council, discussing the candidate's country of residence or a country of interest. UPR-related documents are available on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights .

The test day will be structured as follows:

1. LSAT

2. Short academic essay(s).

Short-listed applicants, who did not submit their English language test results, will be invited to take the CEU-administered TOEFL test on a later date.

The alternative Legal Studies admissions examination is composed of the following:

  • Short academic essay(s) via email
  • Telephone/Skype interview offered to selected applicants on the basis of the essay results.

In cases when applicants submit the result of their LSAT:

  • Short academic essay(s) via email.
  • Telephone/Skype interview offered tp selected applicants on the basis of the essay results.

 

Candidates applying to the Human Rights Program are invited to read the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)  , as well as a State Party report prepared in the context of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the Human Rights Council, discussing the candidate's country of residence or a country of interest. UPR-related documents are available on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights .

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