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Russia, Eurasia, and East Europe: Regional Studies M.A. Program

The Harriman Institute administers the Master of Arts in Regional Studies—Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS) through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for those wishing to focus on a multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Balkans). The program provides intensive exposure to the politics, international relations, modern history, and cultural and social formations of the region, with both a country-specific and trans-regional focus.
The program is tailored to meet the needs of persons entering professional careers, mid-career professionals, students preparing for entry into doctoral programs, and those with a professional degree who want to gain regional expertise.

Degree requirements

The Master's degree in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe: Regional Studies requires completion of 30 points of credit, including a master's thesis and nine courses from a wide range of designated courses in Anthropology, Art History, Business, Economics, History, International Affairs, Literature, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. Moreover, in consultation with the faculty advisor, students select seven regional courses.
Language requirement: All students must demonstrate proficiency equivalent to three years of a Eurasian or East European language by taking a proficiency exam or completing coursework of appropriate level.  

How to apply

In order to apply for this program, you must submit the following documentation:

  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A writing sample (10-15 pages)
  • 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources
  • TOEFL, or IELTS (for international students whose native language is not English)

Application to the program is through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). The application deadline is May 1, 2008. Applications may be downloaded from the GSAS site, or you may apply online.

Organiser and partners

  • The Harriman Institute
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Columbia University)

Information and contacts

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Columbia University
Office of Admissions
address: 107 Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street, MC 4304
New York, NY 10027 
tel. 001.212.8544737

M.A. Advisor: Catharine T. Nepomnyashchy
tel. 001.212.8546213


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