Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and MPAff

Dual Degrees in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and Public Affairs

In conjunction with the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, students may pursue a dual degree program leading to the MPAff and Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. The program combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language. It responds 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.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn both master's degrees simultaneously in approximately two and a half academic years. Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all requirements of the program. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of work in public affairs and 30 hours in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies, including a 6-hour thesis based on original research. A required internship is generally taken in the summer between the second and third years. The thesis is supervised by a faculty member from the LBJ School and a faculty member from the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. The curriculum includes:

Public Affairs 

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project
  • 9 hours public affairs electives
  • Summer internship (in or related to the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe)

Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 

  • 12 hours of required courses in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • 12 hours of electives with area content
  • 6 hours master’s thesis