MA Programs

Master’s Degree Program

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.

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.

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.


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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 ( or contact for further information.