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

Graduate Program Admissions

CREEES Master of Arts (M.A.)

Priority Deadline for Fall enrollment: December 15 (to be eligible for funding)
Final Deadline for Fall enrollment: January 15
Deadline for Spring enrollment: October 1

A student who wishes to pursue the graduate program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies must have earned a Bachelor's degree and show substantial vested interest in our region of study through prior experience.  This could include anything from regional or global studies upper-division undergraduate coursework (9+ credit hours), to an extended stay in the region (for research, work, study, PeaceCorp, etc), to an advanced proficiency in one of the languages of our region through course work or immersion. 

The graduate admissions committee takes all elements of each application into consideration. No single item will guarantee admission or disqualify an applicant.

In addition the following requirements must be met:

  • a grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division undergraduate courses and any graduate work already completed;
  • 18 hours (three years) of formal language training (or the equivalent) in Russian or another language of the area.

CREEES admits graduate students on a rolling admission cycle.  All application materials must be filed electronically by the listed dates above. We will notify applicants of our admissions decisions approximately 4-6 weeks after the deadline. We require you to submit results only from the standard GRE. Note that there is no minimum score for admission, nor will a high GPA or GRE score in itself assure admission.  Our admissions committee will take all elements of your application into consideration, and will give substantial weight to your personal statement and letters of recommendation.

Applicants to the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program should submit their application materials to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. All materials can be uploaded to your online application, including supplementary materials. Please consult the information on the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) website for more details.

Application Instructions

Visit the Graduate and International Admissions Center website and complete the following steps on or before the application deadline:

1. COMPLETE and SUBMIT the ApplyTexas Application (open as of September 1st). Select the correct major code and department code (at right) for your area of interest.

Within one to two days you will be sent an e-mail containing your UT EID and password.  This UT EID is your unique identifier at UT Austin and you will use your EID to upload additional materials and check the status of your application.

2. PAY your on-line application fee ($65 U.S. applicants and $90 International  applicants) per the instructions in the online application. Refer to GIAC's How To page for information on paying the application fee.

3. SUBMIT official college transcripts to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (GIAC) electronically. Before uploading a transcript you must read these instructions.

A. To expedite the process first check with your University Records Office to verify if transcripts can be sent electronically via the SPEEDE server.  This is the most efficient and most timely method.

B. If your institution is unable to provide an electronic transcript via the SPEEDE server, then please follow the remaining steps:

    • OBTAIN an official transcript from your institution.
    • SCAN and SAVE as a .pdf document. 
    • UPLOAD your official transcript in .pdf format through your Application Status Check (aka the "MyStatus" page).

C. All currently enrolled and former UT Austin students will pay an additional $10 application fee to have their transcripts submitted electronically from the UT Austin Records Office to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions.

  • Refer to GIAC's How To page for information on uploading transcripts. After you have submitted your application you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check Web site where you will be able to upload your transcript. The uploaded transcript(s) is considered to be unofficial but will be used to process your application for admission. Please DO NOT mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts before you are offered admission. Sending paper copies of documents you have uploaded will significantly delay the processing of your application.
  • Junior/Community college transcripts are NOT required.
  • Paper copies of your official transcripts will only be required upon successful admission to the University of Texas. You will be required to submit official transcripts BEFORE you are allowed to enroll. Official transcripts are those that bear the facsimile signature of the registrar and seal of the issuing institution. The official transcript will be compared to the document you uploaded. Any alterations or omission of information on the transcripts submitted to The University of Texas at Austin could be grounds for cancellation of your application and/or the withdrawal of the offer of admission.
  • If you are applying to a dual degree with the UT Law School, you must complete both applications (meaning electronically send/upload the official copy into your GIAC application AND send your transcripts into LSAC according to their instructions).

International Transcripts:
If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations to date must be uploaded together with the original language records. Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e., the subjects taken and grades [marks] earned in each subject.) Please do not upload your college or university syllabi with your transcript(s) or mark sheets.

4. ARRANGE for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit your OFFICIAL SCORE for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE® revised General Test) ETS code for UT Austin is 6882. GRE scores are valid for a maximum of 5 years, NO exceptions will be made.

For information regarding the prior OLD test scale and currently NEW REVISED test scale, see:

5. International students ONLY: ARRANGE for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit your OFFICIAL SCORE for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882. TOEFL scores over two years old will NOT be accepted.

6. SUBMIT the names of and email addresses of three (3) people, who will write letters of recommendation for you. Once you submit your application and pay your application fee, an e-mail will be sent to each recommender instructing them to visit a website, complete a questionnaire, and upload a letter. The letters will be automatically routed to the department.

Please encourage your recommenders to use the electronic method stated above method in order to meet the REQUIRED DEADLINE.
Reference letters should NOT be mailed to CREEES Office! This will ONLY slow the process of your application.  It is in your best interest to provide letters of reference through the electronic method to avoid letters lost in the mail.

Once you have have submitted your application, you can use the MyStatus site to resend or send additional requests to your recommenders, supply an alternate e-mail, add a new recommender, or revise your FERPA (right to view) status from retained to waived.

Failure to provide ALL three letters of reference may result in your application NOT going to review with our admission committees.  ONLY THREE LETTERS ARE REQUIRED!  The ApplyTexas application ONLY has enough fields to submit ONLY three names with emails.  DO NOT email to request additional letters of recommendation.  Choose your recommenders wisely: only those who can write you the strongest letters of reference.

7. The CREEES Department Application Form (PDF) is required of all applicants. Within 48 hours of the submission and payment of your graduate school application you will receive an email from the Graduate Admissions Center directing you to a status check website, MyStatus, where you will be asked to upload your CREEES application. Please do not mail this credential. This is to be completed and submitted online, but remember this is to be submitted only AFTER your materials have been completed with the graduate school.

8. SUBMIT your Statement of Purpose in .pdf format through your online Application Status Check (which will be available to you AFTER you have submitted your application online and paid the application fee). You are required to follow the CREEES instructions below when submitting your Statement of Purpose and not the instructions given on the ApplyTexas application. You are NOT required to provide Graduate Admissions with a separate Statement of Purpose or Essay.

All CREEES M.A. applicants MUST submit a 750 to 1,000 word Statement of Purpose describing:

  • Your purpose in applying for an advanced degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin: What motivates you to study Russia, the Former Soviet Union, or Eastern Europe? What lasting interests will sustain and guide you in your graduate studies?
  • Your future career plans, whether you are interested in an advanced research degree or a non-academic career.
  • Elaborate on academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study. If you have ever had the opportunity to do independent or specialized work in our region (or on a pertinent subject to our region), give a brief description of the topic or project.
  • What are your principal areas of study likely to be and why, in your case, does it make sense to combine them into a graduate degree? Be as specific as possible about the course of academic study you intend to pursue and what you would like to accomplish after the degree is awarded. You may also allude to faculty at UT and reason(s) for choosing them as a potential academic mentor during your graduate career.

NOTE: Your Statement of Purpose is one of the most important components of your application for graduate study. The CREEES Graduate Studies Committee will read your statement carefully as it considers your qualifications for admission. Your statement should, in your own voice, draw on your background, travels, studies, concerns, and other relevant information about yourself to explain why you wish to enter an interdisciplinary program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.  It would also be helpful for the committee to know your goals and expectations of the program.


All applications and required materials are submitted online. Please do not send hard copies of required application materials, including letters of recommendation, directly to CREEES as this may delay completion of your application.  Please do not send any additional materials with your application. We are unable to return original copies of documents sent to the department.

International Student Application Checklist:

Applicants who are NOT U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents send the following items to the graduate school electronically:
  1. Application for Admission: From the drop down menu, Select UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN; from second drop-down menu, select GRADUATE, INTERNATIONAL; Click on Fill out a new application button.
  2. Official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores - taken no more than 5 years ago.
  3. Official report of TOEFL or IELTS test scores - taken no more than 2 years ago.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. If documents are not in English, please provide a translation.
  5. $90.00 processing fee (may be billed to a credit card).
  6. Letter of sponsorship (required before visa can be issued).
  7. CREEES Applicant Information Sheet AND Statement of Purpose (submitted in PDF format on the MyStatus page).

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