• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


This major in Political Science and International Studies at McDaniel College Budapest provides intellectual and practical preparation for public service, diplomacy, and journalism, and serves as a preparation for law studies and other graduate-level pursuits. Small classes permit students to hone their information literacy, research methods, and communication skills. McDaniel’s Budapest campus exposes students to a host of different cultures and international institutions, while its campus in Maryland provides a platform for work in Washington, D.C

Job and Further Study Opportunities

Students completing the Political Science and International Studies major pursue careers in government and politics, intelligence, international business, international non-profit organizations, law, research and analysis, and media. They advance to postgraduate work in fields like electoral studies, media and politics, public policy, international security, international law, peace studies, political philosophy, governmental institutions, and studies of major geographic regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • McDaniel College Budapest follows a system of rolling admissions. 
    • January 15 is the deadline for applicants wishing to start their studies in the Spring Semester
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Classical Political Thought
  • Modern Political Thought
  • State and Local Government
  • International Law and Organization
  • Approaches to International Relations
  • The European Union: History, Institutions, and Major Policies
  • American Political Thought
  • American Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics of Western European Polities
  • Environmental Policy

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Personal essay (at least 300 words)
  • Photocopy or official transcript from your senior high school, a Certificate of Final Examination, a Diploma of Graduation, or other documents verifying that you have completed your secondary education
  • Two Letters of Recommendation in English from the principal or instructors of the secondary school from which you graduated;
  • One passport-size photo;
  • A medical certificate in English verifying that you do not suffer from any chronic diseases, and are physically and mentally capable of undertaking studies at an institution of higher education;
  • Curriculum Vitae in English (attach as a separate page);
  • Photocopy of the page in your passport containing your personal data.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3600 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3600 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 1st and 2nd year 3,600 /semester
  • 3rd and 4th year EUR 3,900 /semester

Living costs for Budapest

  • 172338 - 268260 HUF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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