The Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute (REEI) 4+1 Pathways program is an integrated B.A./M.A. program that allows undergraduate students at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) the opportunity to work towards a bachelor’s degree in any College of Arts and Sciences major and the M.A. degree in Russian and East European Studies simultaneously. Students are able to complete the undergraduate and graduate degrees in the course of five years. The program caters to students pursuing academic and research-oriented careers as well as those interested in a range of professional fields, including government, private business, and the non-profit sector. The program is open to students obtaining undergraduate degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. Advanced competence in Russian and East European studies will make students highly competitive for further graduate study or employment in various governmental, non-profit, and private sectors. Like other 4+1 Pathways programs within the College of Arts and Sciences (College) at IUB, the REEI 4+1 Pathways program enables undergraduate students to take graduate courses while still in undergraduate status and under the flat tuition rate, thus providing them with more financial flexibility.
Students become eligible to apply for the 4+1 Pathways when they achieve sophomore status. The program is open to students with any major in the College who have met the following requirements:
- Current College GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Completion of all IUB General Education requirements in the semester of application
In addition to student B.A. requirements, there are 30 credit hours of graduate coursework for the M.A. portion of the degree. Please refer to the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Bulletin and the University Graduate Bulletin for degree requirement details.
Students interested in applying for the 4+1 Pathways program should plan to meet first with their academic advisor and then with REEI senior staff. Following the meeting with REEI senior staff, students must provide REEI with:
A 1-page statement of interest, indicating why the student wishes to pursue the 4+1 Pathways program
An unofficial copy of their Indiana University transcript to demonstrate:
- College GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Completion of all IUB General Education requirements by the end of the semester of application
Students who wish to enter the program in the fall must submit their application materials by March 1 of the previous spring semester. Students who wish to enter the program in the spring must submit their application materials by October 1 of the previous fall semester. Please click here or use the Apply button to submit required documentation for application.
Following Admission to the 4+1 Pathways
In order to successfully complete the 4+1 Pathways program, students must pass a series of benchmarks before the first year of full-time graduate study. These benchmarks will be communicated during the prospective student’s first meeting with REEI senior staff. Please note that all Pathways students will be required to submit a separate application to the Graduate School.