The BA in Quantitative Social Sciences (QSS) at Central European University (CEU) teaches the interdisciplinary skills necessary to extract scientific understanding from societal data and consists of a comprehensive training in computational data analysis and mathematical modeling, as well as core theory and methods from sociology, economics, environmental science and political science.
You will learn how to take advantage of the unprecedented quantity and level of detail of available information on human habits, health, communication, opinions, political and economic behavior in a manner that is built upon quantitative theory and methods, while being directly integrated with the scholarship in the various areas of the social sciences.
In the third year, you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe or in the United States. Options include: Sciences Po in Paris / Bocconi University in Milan / London School of Economics / Stockholm School of Economics / Bard College in New York State / Bard College Berlin
Continuing in graduate school:
A QSS degree will offer you the opportunity to pursue MA/MSc and PhD degrees in a variety of disciplines, including:
network science and
computational social science
Specialist quantitative skills in social sciences are in short supply and are valued by a variety of employers in:
intergovernmental organizations (e.g. UN)
financial consulting and
The program is registered in the United States by the New York State Education Department and is subject to accreditation in Austria by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria.
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The program includes mandatory modules on mathematics, programming and data analysis, and social sciences.
After completing the mandatory modules, you must choose two of the five specialization tracks:
- Environmental Sciences
- Political Science
- Data Science
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- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
- February 1: for those who will require a study visa and who wish to be considered for financial support
- April 12: final deadline, subject to space availability
180 ECTS credits / 120 U.S. credits
DisciplinesMathematics Sociology Data Science & Big Data View 3 other Masters in Data Science & Big Data in Austria
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Completed application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
- High school records
- Proof of English proficiency
- Application essay
- Letter of motivation
- Letter of recommendation
- Evidence of mathematical competence
- Standardized test scores such as SAT, ACT, AP or IB (preferred but not mandatory)
Finalists will be invited to attend an interview online.
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International7000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
EU/EEA7000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
Presidential tuition award
Two outstanding candidates will receive this award for the total value of 5,000 EUR each. The award covers part of the tuition fee throughout the four years of BA studies.
CEU Scholarships for Refugees
This scholarship is available for three admitted BA candidates with refugee status. The scholarship will cover tuition fees throughout the four years of BA studies (up to 7,000 EUR/year from each award), include a monthly stipend of 470 EUR and a monthly stipend of 500 EUR to cover the price of accommodation.
This scholarship, awarded to one BA student for one academic year, is worth EUR 2,000/year and is paid in monthly installments during the first year of studies.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.