Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and MPGS

Dual Degrees in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Policy Studies

In conjunction with the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, students may pursue a dual degree program leading to the MGPS and Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. The program combines advanced studies of globalization with a focus on the politics, economy and cultures of the former Soviet Union and Eastern European, responding to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with that combination of backgrounds. Graduates should possess substantial career flexibility and attractiveness to prospective employers in government, private industry and the nonprofit sector.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn both master's degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 67 semester hours of coursework. The curriculum includes:

Global Policy Studies 

  • 22 hours of required global policy core courses
  • 15 hours MGPS specialization
  • Summer internship (in or related to the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a language other than English

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
  • Proficiency through fourth year of coursework in Russian or another language of the area covered by CREEES or proficiency at the ACTFL “Advanced”/ILR 2 level, as demonstrated in an Oral Proficiency Interview