M.A. degree programs
Interdisciplinary M.A. Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
The M.A. program offers either a report or thesis option. Course requirements include an introductory Seminar in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Civilizations and Cultures, three semester hours in each of three subject areas (Literature or Culture; Economics, History or Government; and Anthropology, Geography or Sociology), area studies electives, and a fourth year (or the equivalent) of formal language instruction. All courses counted toward the degree must have content relevant to Russia, the former Soviet Union, or Eastern Europe. All M.A. students are required to complete a fourth year (or the equivalent) of formal language instruction and pass an oral proficiency interview in that language upon completion of the M.A. degree at the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) Level 2 or ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Advanced Level. No credit toward the degree is earned by fulfillment of the language requirement, since this language competence is a necessary tool for graduate study in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Dual-Degree M.A. programs
In addition to the standard M.A. program, we currently offer 4 dual-degree programs, in which students can work towards M.A.s in two disciplines at The University of Texas. Students have found that this multidisciplinary approach allows them to respond to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with a thorough understanding of the culture, economics, geography, history, and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Students must apply to both programs in order to be considered for the dual-degree program. Please note that the admission deadlines for other programs may be earlier than the deadline for the CREEES program. The programs are:
The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs offer a dual-degree program which combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language. Please note that the admission deadline for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is earlier than the deadline for the CREEES program.
The LBJ School and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) also offer a dual degree program leading to a Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) and a Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (MA). The dual degree program combines advanced studies of globalization with a focus on the politics, economy, and cultures of the former Soviet Union and East European world area. Again, please note that the admission deadline for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is earlier than the deadline for the CREEES program.
These programs are structured in such a way that students can earn both masters degrees simultaneously in approximately three years; students must fulfill all requirements for both degrees.