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

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

The LBJ School and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) of The University of Texas at Austin offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, 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, responding to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with that combination of backgrounds.  Graduates of the dual degree program will 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.
  • A summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in a regional language other than English.

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.

Additional Information

Students interested in the MGPS / CREEES dual degree program should also consult the MGPS web page.

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