MA Programs

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS

Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Illinois is a two-year program designed for the needs of students preparing for further academic study in a particular discipline and students preparing for careers in government, NGOs, business, the media, international law, private foundations, or cultural exchanges. The program provides broad exposure to the history, cultures, societies, and politics of the area as well as to the variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to its study. For individuals planning non-academic careers, such study is essential in preparing to respond to the growing opportunities and challenges presented by this region. For students planning academic careers, the program provides wide and multifaceted knowledge of the region and valuable experience in interdisciplinary study and interpretation.

Illinois offers instruction in nine languages of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: Bulgarian, Czech, German, Polish, Old Church Slavonic, Russian, Serbian–Croatian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. More than 60 language courses and over 100 graduate level disciplinary courses are available to students.

Students at Illinois have access to a varied program of lectures, conferences, and seminars with national and international experts; the Slavic, East European and Eurasian collections at the University Library, one of the largest in the country; and outstanding faculty in more than twenty fields, from anthropology and art to urban and regional planning. This allows students to craft a degree program suited to their individual career goals.

FOR REEEC MA DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK

https://reeec.illinois.edu/academics/ma-program/degree-requirements/

Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies/Master of Science in Library and Information Science

This joint master’s degree includes a program of language and area studies courses leading to an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, as well as a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Library and Information Science. The joint degree matches area expertise with professional education, and prepares students for professional careers in all types of information organizations, including libraries.

The joint degree requires 56 credit hours divided between REEES and iSchool courses. A minimum GPA of 3.25 must be maintained throughout in order to remain in good academic standing.

For more information, please visit the program’s page at catalog.illinois.edu.

GRADUATE MINORS

Graduate minors in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and in Balkan Studies are offered in cooperation with other departments and colleges. The minors are intended for graduate students in any discipline who wish to develop systematic interdisciplinary knowledge of the region.

Graduate Minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies graduate minor is designed for M.A. or Ph.D. students in other disciplines who desire to complement their degree program with interdisciplinary study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students interested in pursuing the minor must have a minimum of two years of college-level study of a language of the region. Requirements for the minor include REES 550 or an approved section of LIS 530, and 8 graduate hours of additional coursework (4 hours at the 500-level) relating to Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia that must be taken outside the student’s enrolling department (for a list of area courses click here). Students must also submit a research paper primarily on the region. A program of study can be tailored to the needs and interests of the individual student in consultation with Center staff. For admission to the program, contact the Center.

Graduate Minor in Balkan Studies

The Balkan Studies graduate minor is designed for M.A. or Ph.D. students in other disciplines who desire to complement their degree program with interdisciplinary study of the Balkans. Students interested in pursuing the minor must have a minimum of two years of college-level study of a language of the region (e.g. Albanian, Bulgarian, Modern Greek, Hungarian, Macedonian, Romani, Romanian, Serbian or Croatian, Slovene, Turkish, Yiddish). Requirements for the minor include REES 550 or an approved section of LIS 530, and 8 graduate hours of additional coursework (4 hours at the 500-level) relating to the Balkans that must be taken outside the student’s enrolling department (for a list of area courses click here). Students must also submit a research paper primarily on the region. A program of study can be tailored to the needs and interests of the individual student in consultation with Center staff. For admission to the program, contact the Center.

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Financial Aid

Eligible students in the REEES MA program may apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships offered through the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, or any other FLAS-granting center on campus. Qualified students may also be eligible for other fellowships at the campus or departmental level. A limited number of teaching and graduate assistantships, which include a tuition and fee waiver, are also available to outstanding students. REEEC also offers graduate assistantships that enable eligible students to work at the Center for a tuition waiver and stipend. Information on need-based financial aid may be obtained from the Graduate College Fellowships Office.

FLAS Fellowships: Students in the MA program who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to compete for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships offered under the Higher Education Act, Title VI, US Department of Education. Awards are for interdisciplinary language and area studies, including the study of Russian or other languages of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. FLAS fellowships provide a tuition and fee waiver, and a stipend of $15,000 for academic-year fellowships; $2,500 for summer fellowships. Applications for financial aid, including Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships, are usually due in February. Please visit the FLAS website (http://www.flas.illinois.edu/) or contact reec@illinois.edu for further information.