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MA Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is a two-year multidisciplinary program that offers advanced training for those qualified students who seek an integrated knowledge of the language, history, society and culture of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. This graduate degree offers the opportunity to create an individually tailored program. Upon graduation, students will have an extensive understanding of the country or countries of specialization, including a working knowledge of one of the region's languages. The program primarily serves students preparing for professional careers and those seeking an intermediate M.A. before pursuing a Ph.D. in a particular discipline.

This region of the world covers over one-sixth of the globe and comprises countries, which differ enormously in language, ethnicity, religion, culture, political history and economic development. Since the mid-1980s, the process of reform, collapse and reconstruction in the region has led to a heightened interest in the area and the need for serious and scholarly understanding of the region. It is the mission of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies to facilitate such understanding.

The M.A. program offers either a thesis or report option. Click here for more information about degree requirements.


Dual-Degree M.A. Programs with CREEES

In addition to the standard M.A. program, we currently offer five dual-degree programs, in which students can work towards M.A.s in two disciplines at The University of Texas. 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.

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.

CREEES Dual-Degree Programs Available Include:

Master of Public Affairs/Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs offer a dual-degree program that 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.

Master of Global Policy Studies/Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 

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.

Master of Arts in Media Studies/Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the College of Communication offer a dual-degree program that combines interdisciplinary area studies and language with advanced communication studies.

J.D. Law/Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

This dual-degree program is designed for those students who wish to study law and Russian, East European and Eurasian issues in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner. Students who expect to be involved in government service or legal practices with a Eastern European focus will benefit from this program.

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

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Red McCombs School of Business offer a dual-degree program that combines the skills needed to lead, build and manage enterprises in a dynamic, global economy with interdisciplinary area studies and language.


Graduate Portfolio Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

PhD candidates enrolled in other UT departments, who are pursuing coursework and/or research in our region, may be interested in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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