Degree Requirements, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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Master of Arts

The program requirements are designed to give students a broad background in the area of Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. Master's candidates may choose the thesis option, consisting of at least 31 semester hours of coursework (including the thesis); or the report option, consisting of at least 34 semester hours (including the report).

Under either option, at least 18 hours must be in non-language graduate coursework that deals primarily with the region of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Requirements include the interdisciplinary core course, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies 381 and the Master's Writing Colloquium (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies 189). Additionally, each student must take at least one course from each of the following categories:

All courses counted toward the degree must have content relevant to the former Soviet Union or East/Central/Southeast Europe. The student must pass an oral proficiency test in the selected language at the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 1+ or the American Council of Teachers of Russian intermediate-mid level. Credit earned in fulfilling the language requirement may not be counted toward the degree, since language competence is a necessary tool for graduate study in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; however, content courses taught in a foreign language at the advanced level (fourth year or above) may be counted as electives courses towards the MA degree.

Dual Degree Programs

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies offers the following dual degree programs in cooperation with other divisions of the University. More information is available from the graduate advisor in each program.

Major(s) Degree(s)
Business administrationMaster of Business Administration
Global policy studiesMaster of Global Policy Studies
LawDoctor of Jurisprudence
Public affairsMaster of Public Affairs
Radio-television-filmMaster of Arts