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M.A. in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

A One-Year, Intensive Program in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

Applications due Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Application materials and procedures for the one-year MA program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies on the Stanford graduate admissions website.

All applicants must submit a writing sample in English on a topic related to Russian, East European or Eurasian Studies along with the other required application materials: transcripts, test scores (GRE and/or TOEFL as needed), statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and graduate admission forms. Writing samples are limited to 25 pages and may be shorter.

Please note, you may upload one file of any page length as an attachment during the online application process — disregard the note that states that uploaded files are limited to one page.  Please upload your writing sample as a single file.  If you choose to send us your CV or resume — which is not required --  please include it in the same file along with your writing sample.

Stanford Undergraduates may apply for the Coterminal degree at the Registrar's Office home page.

Admissions Requirements

Minimum admission requirements to the MA program include:

  • a BA or BS degree or the equivalent, preferably with a focus on a field related to Russian, East European Eurasian, or International Studies.
  • significant coursework in the area in basic disciplines, especially history, politics and literature
  • 3 years of college-level study of Russian or another area language preferred, but applicants with one or two years of area language study will be considered.
  • strong letters of recommendation from prominent faculty members, especially those working in the field of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (please do not send more than one letter from a language instructor.)

The typical successful applicant has outstanding grades in previous academic work; high GRE scores (approaching the 90th percentile, especially in verbal or analytical); a broad background, across disciplines, in REEES area coursework; work or study experience in the region; and excellent letters of recommendation from prominent faculty members.

Program Profile

The MA program is a nationally-recognized program that is designed to provide intensive study for serious students who have already built a strong background in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. This intensive, one-year MA program offers advanced training in area studies through an interdisciplinary course of study. Program requirements combine language and area courses within social science and humanities disciplines.

Students with sufficient academic background to meet admissions requirements find room for flexibility in their course of study. Students can tailor the one-year course program to fit individual needs and interests.

MA students include those seeking careers in government, journalism, NGO and relief organizations, and business; those who hope to pursue a PhD but first want intensive area studies and language training; those who pursue this degree before or concurrently with professional degrees in law, business or public policy; and those who are not yet decided on a career but who want to deepen their understanding of Russia and the nations of the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. To learn more about MA alumni, click here>

Degree Requirements

Consult the Stanford Bulletin for degree requirements. Click here>

Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Funding Opportunities

A limited number of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships covering full tuition plus stipend are offered each year to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.

Stanford University offers student loans to US citizens or permanent residents. Details may be found on the Financial Aid website.

International students seeking funding may consult the Institute of International Educations publication, Funding for U.S. Study: A Guide for Foreign Nationals, found in US embassies and in the libraries of most universities.

Dual Degree

Students in other degree programs at Stanford are may add the MA program. Matriculated graduate students -- including doctoral students and students in the Graduate School of Business and School of Law -- are eligible to apply to the MA program as a second, concurrent degree program.

Joint MA/JD

Students applying to the Stanford Law School and students currently attending the  Stanford Law School may apply for a joint MA/JD.  All applicants must submit their application materials for the CREEES MA program on the Stanford graduate admissions website by January 10, 2012.  For external students not yet enrolled in the Stanford Law School, a separate, complete application must be submitted to the Stanford Law School by the deadline posted on the Law School website.

Please indicate on your application(s) that you wish to be considered for the joint MA/JD degree. External applicants must submit their GRE scores to the School of Humanities and Sciences (address provided on the Graduate Admissions website) to be considered for the joint degree. Current Stanford Law School students may submit their previous LSAT scores in lieu of the GRE. Please contact the Center with any questions  ]

CREEES Community

The community of faculty and students at CREEES is large, diverse and committed to excellence in teaching and research. We have a strong program of language training in Russian and other area languages that will provide students with a solid foundation in interdisciplinary study. Classes are, on the whole, small in size and our students receive close personal attention in their program of study. For specialized research in a given field, students have access to the rich resources of the Slavic and East European collections at Stanford Libraries and the Hoover Archive and may draw on the curricular library resources of the University of California, Berkeley. A full calendar of lectures, symposia, and other extra curricular programs hosted by the Center also complements classroom instruction.

Career Planning

Students have full access to the services of Stanford's Career Development Center, which provides counseling, diagnostic testing, a career library including electronic resources, and recruiting programs. M.A. Students attend a weekly seminar devoted, in part, to career opportunities specific to Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.


If you still have questions after carefully reading this page and the links, please send us an email

To apply for the one-year MA program in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, visit the Stanford graduate admissions website.

For more detailed program information, see the Stanford Bulletin.