Advanced Certificate Program in Romani Studies

Advanced Certificate Program In Romani Studies - Accreditation

The Advanced Certificate Program in Romani Studies is a program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department. Students admitted to master’s and doctoral programs at CEU may pursue the certificate. 


The Advanced Certificate Program in Romani Studies offers MA and PhD students the core knowledge, expertise and critical competences and skills to lead educational and research projects as well as design and implement policies related to Roma equality, social inclusion and diversity management. The program designed as an inclusive inter-disciplinary advanced certificate program for Roma and non-Roma students. The interdisciplinary cross-listed courses are coordinated by the Romani Studies Program (RSP) executive committee. The offered courses are developed by RSP as well as other CEU faculty in cooperation with RSP. The advanced certificate program in Romani Studies offers an opportunity to engage with broader theories, policies, legislations and research methodologies which are fundamental to understand the complex situation of Roma and the multifaceted challenges that policy makers are facing in designing equality and social inclusion policies and diversity management in the businesses sector.

The courses will cover theoretical and policy issues faced by Roma ranging from identity to race/ ethnicity, gender, sexuality and from diversity to racialization, from poverty to discrimination, and from structural discrimination and inequality to political mobilization and participation, from social justice to minority rights and redistributive justice. Additional activities include seminar courses, public lectures, conferences, workshops and public programs organized by faculty, invited guests and RSP fellows. Through such activities, students will become familiar with, and engage in, interdisciplinary dialogues on transnational social justice, equality, de-coloniality and social inclusion of Roma across various fields of study.



The following requirements need to be fulfilled by 1 or 2 year MA students and PhD students:

A/ Admission to one of the participating departments/units: The Cultural Heritage Program, Department of Public Policy, Department of History, Department of Legal Studies, Department of Medieval Studies, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Nationalism Studies Program, Department of Gender Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of International Relations.

B/ 1-Year MA Students: students must take 4 credits from the mandatory elective core courses and obtain minimum 4 further elective credits from the approved annual list of courses. Core courses taken beyond the 4-credit requirement will be counted as electives.

2-Year MA Students: students must take 4 credits from the mandatory elective core courses in the first year of their studies and obtain minimum 8 further elective credits  ( 12 credits together) over the course of both years from the approved list of courses.

PhD Students: students must collect 6 mandatory elective credits from the approved annual list of ACRS courses.

C/ Students are required to write their thesis on a topic related to Roma issues.


Questions and inquiries:

For more information on this academic program, please contact the Romani Studies Program at .