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Master of Global Policy Studies Dual Degree Programs - MGPS and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

MGPS Dual Degree Program with Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The LBJ School and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) of The University of Texas at Austin offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree and the 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, responding to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with that combination of backgrounds. Graduates should possess substantial career flexibility and attractiveness to prospective employers in government, private industry, and the non-profit sector.

Program Structure

Students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed. Students in the dual degree program take the following courses, which total 67 credit hours of work:

Global Policy Studies

  • The Global Policy Studies core courses (22 hours): Policymaking in a Global Age, Microeconomics, The Nature of the International System, Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies, International Economics, Policy Research Project, and Crisis Management. 
  • An MGPS specialization (15 hours) chosen from Security, Law, and Diplomacy; International Trade and Finance; Development; Global Governance and International Law; International Energy, Environment, and Technology; Regional International Policy; or a student-initiated specialization. Specialization courses should be selected based on their relationship to the overall dual-degree program, as agreed with the Graduate Adviser.
  • Summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.

 Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

  • Three (3) hours of a Seminar in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies: Civilization and Cultures
  • Three (3) hours of Literature and Culture · Three (3) hours of Economics, History, or Government
  • Three (3) hours of Anthropology, Geography, or Sociology
  • Twelve (12) hours of Electives in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Six (6) hours of Thesis (two 3-hour courses)
  • 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.
Additional Information

Students interested in the MGPS / CREEES dual degree program should consult the web pages of both component programs.

Master of Global Policy Studies

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies