How to Apply


Application Deadlines for Entry in September 2023

March 15, 2023 if you need a study visa
August 15, 2023 if you are non-visa

General CEU Admission Requirements

Completed CEU Application Form
Curriculum Vitae
Academic Records
2 Letters of Recommendation
Proof of English Proficiency

MS in Social Data Science Requirements

- Bachelor’s degree in one of a broad range of disciplines, including computer science, data science, physics, economics, environmental science, political science, and sociology. 
- Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
- Statement of selected specialization
- Demonstration of mathematics training or GMAT/GRE Test or CEU Math Test
- Admission Interview

Motivation letter:

Submit a maximum 2-page essay introducing your research topic on a quantitative topic and explaining your academic/professional background and your interest in interdisciplinary research. Indicate how further studies at CEU would help you achieve your future career goals.

Statement of selected specialization:

Submit a statement, which specialization you would prefer to choose to follow in the SDS MS program. The possible specializations are in Economics, Environmental Science, Political Science and Policy, and Applied Social Data Science. Demonstrate why your previous studies would allow you to follow the chosen specialization track.

Demonstration of quantitative skills:

If you have at undergraduate or graduate university degree in Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Physics, Computer Science or other quantitative fields, demonstrate your quantitative training by listing your mathematics courses in a document together with your obtained scores. Listed courses and scores should match records in your submitted academic records.

GMAT/CEU Math Test: In case you have not obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree university in Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Physics, Computer Science or other quantitative fields, submit a GMAT certificate with a score of at least 600 (or a GRE equivalent; please check the GMAT equivalent of your GRE score in the GRE® Comparison tool). Please note that GRE and GMAT scores are valid for five years.

The GMAT Test can be replaced by the CEU Math Test. The test is comparable in format, length and difficulty to the quantitative section of the GMAT. Please see a sample test here. The CEU Math Test can be taken online, after submission of your online application. The first Math entry test is going to take place on January 10, 2023 for early-bird applicants and February 10, 2023 for scholarship applicants.

You may submit a GMAT or GRE score by uploading a scan of your score report to the relevant section of the CEU Application Form. If the score report is not available at the time of your application, please upload proof of having taken the test in lieu of the score. You may arrange for an official score report to be sent to CEU. CEU's institution code for the GMAT is 0203. CEU's ETS institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 0069.

Admission Interview:

You may be contacted for an interview as part of the review process. The interview may be conducted on the phone, through online communication services, or in person, depending on your availability.

The admission interview is an approximately half an hour conversation with one of our faculty members about your background and motivation to join the program, future goals etc.

Any questions?

Ask the Admission Office!

You may contact us via email with questions regarding the admissions process and requirements and the online application form.