Studies & Degrees in Transition Studies

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Have you recently received your undergraduate degree in one of the social or environmental sciences and are now looking for a relevant program in which to focus your graduate studies?  Have you considered pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Transition Studies?  The Master’s of Science degree program in Transition studies helps students understand the complex processes and specific demands of transition countries.  The program is designed for graduates of the social and environmental sciences who are looking for an interesting and unique graduate study program.  To help you become more familiar with this degree track, below we will discuss the M.S. in Transition Studies in a bit more detail, including its target group, course content, class schedule and the minimum requirements for admission.
Master’s of Science Degree in Transition Studies:  Target Group

The Master's program in Transition Studies is designed for students who are interested in studying the complex problems of transition countries, as well as some of the emerging approaches being considered to help overcome these problems by linking economic, political, and environmental aspects.  The central, albeit not the only target group for the Transition Studies program is graduates from transition countries who want to deepen and broaden their knowledge of these areas by furthering their education.  Typically, all courses are taught in English and students are required to have a strong background in a related science.

Master’s of Science in Transition Studies:  Course Content and Classes

The M.S. degree program in Transition Studies spans two to three years depending on the institution.  By the end of the program, the goal is that this degree will enable students to:
  • Understand the complex processes and specific demands of transition countries.
  • Link the various areas of transition, including the interrelation of economic, legal, political, social, agricultural, and environmental aspects.
  • Acquire knowledge as well as practical skills on the various methods and strategies used to enhance the transition process.
  • Enhance their teamwork and cooperative skills by learning and working in international and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Devise integrative approaches to transition issues that are applicable to both the private and public sector.
The course consists of 12 modules, 7 of which are compulsory or core areas of study.  They include:
  • Economic Development and World Agricultural Markets
  • Transition and Integration Economics
  • Law in Transition
  • European Studies and Political Transformation
  • Empirical Research Methods
  • Transition in Practice
  • Internship
The remaining five modules that students will be asked to complete will allow them to focus on areas that are of particular interest to them, including economics, nutrition, regional analysis and planning and geography.

Admission Requirements for the Master’s of Science Degree in Transition Studies

To qualify for admission into the M.S. degree program in Transition Studies, students must possess at least a Bachelor degree in a related field, including agriculture, nutrition, natural or environmental sciences, economics, law, or political science, with a GPA or ECTS grade of B- or higher and 180 total ECTS credit points (or an officially equivalent accepted academic degree).  Because all classes are instructed in English, a good command of that language, both in written and spoken form, is also a requirement for admission.