One-year MAPP students are required to complete a master's thesis worth 8 credits. All theses must address an appropriate research topic, which includes a defined field of research and a number of researchable questions to investigate.

Theses should demonstrate a good knowledge of the literature in the field of policy studies; contribute to the study of the field through original research and/or by relating the subject studies to the broader academic literature; and demonstrate analytic ability through the careful and critical use of relevant concepts and approaches.


All students enrolled in the one-year MAPP program are required to write a master’s thesis during their studies at CEU. A Thesis Supervisor selected from among the list of available faculty will supervise the thesis. The list of supervisors will be published in September-October. The supervisor is the student’s primary contact during the research and thesis writing period. Supervisors are expected to read and comment on the thesis proposal, to meet the student half a dozen times during the supervision process, and to provide feedback on drafts of the thesis, if there is sufficient time to do so.


The total length of the thesis must be 12,000 words (+/– 10%) and include: the title page, copyright notice, table of contents, list of figures, list of abbreviations, acknowledgments, references, abstract (maximum 200 words), footnotes, bibliography, and appendices.

Evaluation and Grading

Two SPP faculty members will read and evaluate the thesis. The thesis grade will be determined based upon their two written evaluations. There will be no oral defense after thesis submission. The MA Thesis Evaluation Form including the final grade and comments on the dissertation will be provided within six weeks of the submission date for those who submit by the deadline.

Research Grants

CEU offers small grants to support master’s thesis research. Interested students must submit an application to the Academic Affairs Coordinator containing the grant application form, a summary of the project, the research timetable (days and location), a summary of advanced preparations undertaken, the supervisor's recommendation, and a detailed budget. After the completion of their research, grantees must send the empirical raw material (field notes, interview transcripts, etc.) to the Academic Curriculum Coordinator. Applicants must also submit a travel grant report and original invoices for all expenses to the CEU Grants Management Office within 30 days of the completion of their research. If the master's thesis grant is not used according to the budget that was submitted, the University may insist that the grant be refunded. For further details, please click here.

Previous Thesis Titles

You can download lists of previous thesis titles below.

Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Class of 2013

Class of 2012

Class of 2011

Class of 2010

Class of 2009

Class of 2008

Class of 2007

Class of 2006

Class of 2005