CREEES offers a one-year interdisciplinary master's degree program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for students with strong prior language and area studies backgrounds.
The program structure allows students the flexibility to pursue their own academic interests while providing intellectual cohesion through a curriculum that addresses historical and contemporary processes of change in the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
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. Classes are generally small in size, and our students receive close personal attention.
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 Archives, and may draw on the curricular library resources of the University of California, Berkeley, as well. A full calendar of lectures, symposia, and other extracurricular programs also complements classroom instruction.
MA alumni often continue on to careers in government, journalism, NGO and relief organizations, and business, as well as doctoral studies and professional degree programs.
How to Apply
The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year is January 8, 2019.
Admission is normally granted for Autumn Quarter, but requests for exceptions are sometimes considered on a case-by-case basis.
The application is submitted online.To access the application, visit the Graduate Admissions website.
There is a non-refundable $125 application fee.
Stanford Undergraduates may apply for the Coterminal degree through the Registrar's Office. Please refer to the Coterminal Degree page for further details and application instructions. Prospective co-terminal degree applicants should consult with the CREEES associate director regarding the process.Application Requirements
Official Transcript(s): Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts should be sent to: CREEES, Encina Hall West, Room 203, 417 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.
Standardized Testing: All applicants must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have the results sent to Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar (university code: 4704). GRE scores are valid for approximately five years from the date taken.
International Students: Applicants whose native language is not English and do not possess a U.S. bachelor's degree are expected to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the results sent to Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar (university code: 4704). TOEFL scores must be from a test taken within the last 18 months. For more information, visit the Graduate Admissions Required Exams page.
Statement of Purpose: Applicants must compose a statement of purpose that explains how the program would advance the applicant's academic or career goals. The statement should not exceed two (2) pages in length, single-spaced.
Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation on the applicant's behalf should be received from faculty members in Russian, East European, and Eurasian fields (one should be from an area language instructor). Instructions on submitting letters of recommendation can be found in the online application.
Additional Required Materials:
a writing sample of 20 pages or less in English on an academic topic in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies
a resume of college-level courses taken that are relevant to Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, including language courses, with self-reported final grades
These additional materials should be uploaded as "Additional Materials" in a single file along with the application.Admission Requirements
Successful applicants generally demonstrate the following: outstanding academic achievement; significant coursework in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in multiple disciplines; three years of college-level language study in Russian, an East European, or Central Asian language (candidates with fewer years of area language study are considered); strong analytical writing skills; high GRE scores (particularly verbal and analytical writing); study or work experience in the region; strong letters of recommendation; and a persuasive statement of purpose explaining how the program would advance the applicant's academic and career goals.
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