Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Master of Arts

For More Information

Campus address: Burdine Hall (BUR) 452, phone (512) 471-3607, fax (512) 471-6710; campus mail code: F3600

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin TX 78712


Facilities for Graduate Work

The University Libraries contain about eighty thousand volumes and excellent supporting material on Russia and Eastern Europe. The Harry Ransom Center holds important original documents, including the Alexander Kerensky papers and collections on Soviet history and literature. The Population Research Center houses extensive census data for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, dating back to the Russian census of 1897. The Audio Visual Library in the Fine Arts Library has several hundred films and video recordings from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Archive holds millions pages of state documents, many of which relate to Cold War diplomacy, arms control, East-West trade, and events like the 1968 Prague Spring.

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Resource Center houses about five hundred books and journals on the region, as well as audio and video recordings. More than sixty faculty members regularly teach courses dealing with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

Areas of Study

The Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies is a two-year, multidisciplinary program that offers advanced scholarly training for students who seek integrated knowledge of the language, history, society, and culture of the former Soviet Union and Eastern/Central/Southeast Europe, or one or more of their subareas. The program is designed for students preparing for careers in the professions, and for those seeking an intermediate, interdisciplinary master’s degree before pursuing a doctorate in a particular discipline. Within the requirements of the program, the student may choose an individual course of study to meet his or her needs and may have a broader choice of courses than is possible in a disciplinary master’s degree program.

The program may involve work in any of the following academic disciplines: anthropology, architecture, art history, business, comparative literature, economics, geography, government, history, law, linguistics, music, philosophy, public affairs, radio-television-film, sociology, Slavic languages and literatures, and Turkic languages.

Students who complete this degree are expected to have an extensive understanding of the country or countries of their specialization, including a working knowledge of one of the region’s languages.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2017.

Zoltan D Barany
Vladislav Beronja
Craig A Campbell
David J Eaton
James K Galbraith
Thomas J Garza
Sabine Hake
Ian F Hancock
Tatjana Lichtenstein
Amy H Liu
Keith A Livers
Inga Markovits
Robert G Moser
Joan H Neuberger
Mary C Neuburger
Michael A Pesenson
Petar Petrov
Danilo F Udovicki
Rachel Wellhausen
Charters S Wynn

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university. Preferred qualifications include significant course work on and/or professional experience in the former Soviet Union or East/Central/Southeast Europe, and/or intermediate low proficiency in at least one of the languages spoken in the region.