How to apply

Applying to study with us is easy. Everything is done online. You do not need any prior specific knowledge to apply for the study program, just being ready and excited to learn about politics, media and communication. Nevertheless, there is a couple of things we need from you.

When to apply?

The online application will guide you through the admission procedure. Applications are open twice a year, between September 1st and June 1st. Please make sure you choose the proper application.

What to provide?

In order to apply, you need to fill in the application form on the Masaryk University website properly and provide the following documents:

  • secondary school completion certificate or a transcipt of records from your study at a secondary school
  • a cover letter summarizing your motivation to study and your interest in the topics covered by our study program (up to 500 words)
  • proof of language competence at the B2 level (according to European Referential Framework of Languages standards),
  • an essay in English on a topic of the applicant’s choice dealing with the relationship of the media, the public and politics (800 – 1,000 words). The applicants are supposed to narrow the focus of the essay and discuss one of following questions or a particular aspect of it:
  1. Are the new media (the Internet, social media) good or bad for democracy?
  2. How has the new media changed electoral campaigns?
  3. What is the role of media in non-democratic regimes?
  4. How has the relationship between the people and the media changed during the last decades?

It is perfectly fine, if you focus on just an aspect of the listed questions. Also, it does not matter if you discuss it in the context of your country (on the contrary, your personal experience may be helpful!) or in general. For instance, the topic “The impact of new media of political interest of the youth in Germany“ is a good one, as well as an essay  “The new media and the decline of political parties in democracies”.  What we are looking for are essays with a clearly structured question(s) and well-developed original arguments, possibly using and referring to secondary sources.

Please note: All the required materials must be in English. A secondary school certificate or transcript of records not issued in English, Czech or Slovak should be accompanied by an official English language translation, stamped and signed by an authorised translator or university office.

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The admissions process may then include an online interview (usually conducted via Zoom) where the applicant should be able to present herself and discuss the content of her essay with the committee:

The applications are processed and successful candidates from the first round are invited to an interview (usually conducted via Zoom or Skype).

For more information about the application process, do not hesitate to contact Klára Němečková.

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