M.A. Degree

REEI M.A. degree

The REEI master’s degree program is intended to prepare area specialists for nonacademic careers in government and private-sector fields such as research and foreign aid, or in exchange organizations, journalism, and business. The program normally takes two years to complete. It provides a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the Russian and East European area, with language competency appropriate for professional research.

REEI also offers a Mid-Career Professional Track M.A. degree in Russian and East European area studies, which aims to add to and refine the area expertise professional and commissioned officers have acquired through their career.

Use your Graduate Academic Bulletin

Students pursuing a graduate degree in the Russian and East European Institute should use the University Graduate School Academic Bulletin.

Official requirements for our M.A. degree can be found by clicking on the Bulletin below:

2021-22: Russian and East European Institute University Graduate School Academic Bulletin

Degree information

For official degree requirements, you must consult with the Graduate School Bulletin. The information below is not the official record.

Required courses (6 credit hours)
  • REEI R-600 Proseminar in REEI Area Studies (3 credits)
  • REEI R-601 Interdisciplinary Colloquium in REEI (3 credits)
Area studies (12 credit hours)

4 courses (3 credits each) from an area studies offering, with one each from these distributions:

  • Social Science
  • Historical/Geographical
  • Sociocultural
  • Literature

View area studies courses

Courses in the concentration (12 credits)
  • 4 courses in the area of concentration.
M.A. essay & examination

REEI and the University Graduate School have strict guidelines for the submission, defense, and acceptance of the M.A. Essay. Students must comply with these guidelines and timeline when preparing to defend their essay. A timeline for student requirements follows.

Review essay procedures + requirements

Language requirement

REEI students are expected to demonstrate through oral examination at least an intermediate-mid (ACTFL scale) oral competency in an approved area language. Your proficiency is measured through a conversational exam on a variety of topics, including but not limited to home, school, history, current events, and your research.

For more information about the language proficiency exam, please contact the REEI Student Services Coordinator.

Additional requirements
  • Courses must be passed with a minimum of a B average and must be area-related.
  • Courses should be selected in consultation with the REEI Student Services Coordinator.

Review the Graduate Academic Bulletin