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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Master of Business Administration/Master of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The MBA/Master of Arts in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies program combines advanced business studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language, responding to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for business specialists with a thorough understanding of the culture, economics, geography, history and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Program Structure 

The joint program is structured so that students can earn both master's degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all requirements of the program. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed. 
Students spend their first year in the program taking Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.  Students must complete a total of 76-79 credit hours of course work.

Business Adminstration

  • 28 hours required MBA core courses
  • 18 hours of business electives

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

  • 3 hours of a Seminar in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies: Civilization and Cultures
  • 3 hours of Literature and Culture
  • 3 hours of Economics, History, or Government
  • 3 hours of Anthropology, Geography, or Sociology
  • 12 hours of Electives in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (18 hours for report option)
  • 6 hours of MA Thesis (two 3-hour courses) or 3 hours of MA Report
  • Proficiency through the fourth year of coursework in Russian or another language of the area covered by CREEES or proficiency at the ACTFL "Advanced"/ILR 2 level, as demonstrated in an Oral Proficiency Interview.

Language Requirements

Students are expected to possess proficiency in a language of the area (normally Russian, Czech, Polish or Serbo-Croatian) equal to three years of course work. This requirement may be met either through formal language study or by passing a proficiency examination administered by a University of Texas faculty member. Students are encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Those with no previous knowledge of a Slavic, East European or Central Asian language are advised to enroll in intensive language courses during the summer prior to beginning the Dual Degree Program.

Note: Before the completion of the MA degree, students are required to complete a 4th year (or equivalent) of formal language instruction and pass a proficiency examination in the area language of their choice at the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) Level 2 or ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Advanced level.

The Dual Degree code for this program is 6 93200 and should be referred to when applying to the program. Please also note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Additional Information

Students interested in the MBA / CREEES dual degree program should also consult the McCombs School of Busines dual-degree page
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