Degree Requirements

Coursework Requirements
At least 38 hours of graduate credit are required as follows:
  • 1.   REES 550: Seminar in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies — 4 hours
  • 2.   IS 530R: REEES Bibliography and Research Methods — 4 hours
  • 3.   30 hours that meet the following conditions:
    • Russian, East European, and Eurasian core courses from at least three disciplines, at least one at the 500-level. — 24 hours (see class list here)
    • Electives, at least one must be at the 500-level. — 6 hours
      Electives outside of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies should complement the student’s core courses, research, and professional interests. Approved language courses that focus on literature may be counted toward the degree. Grade Point Average: Students must maintain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25 (A=4.0).

Foreign Language Requirement
Third-year competency in Russian or another language of the region

Research Requirement
MA Thesis or Major Research Paper

The MA course requirements are flexible and allow students to tailor the graduate experience to their specific objectives. While many of the courses represented above are offered regularly at Illinois, the course catalog changes each year depending on instructor availability and the development of new courses. REEEC regularly offers special topics courses that range in subject from culture in Central Asia, to “Social Media & Global Change” and “Genetic Technologies, Social Networks, and the Transformation of Racial Identities in Europe.” Every student identifies and selects their own individualized program in consultation with the REEEC Director. To see sample course plans, please review the document REEEC Student Course Profiles.

Thesis Requirements

  • A thesis is a work of scholarship and/or interpretation involving significant research
  • Students choose a REEEC-affiliated faculty advisor to guide their research, and the final thesis must be approved by the advisor and the REEEC Director; there is no thesis defense
  • The thesis must be formatted according to Graduate College guidelines and submitted for deposit by Graduate College deadlines.
  • Primary sources in the language used to meet the foreign language requirement are required.
  • For additional details, see the REEEC Thesis Guidelines
  • Up to 8 hours of Thesis Research (REES 599) can be counted toward the 24 hours of area courses.
Research Paper Requirements
  • The research paper should contain original research and/or analysis; it should be of similar length to a typical article in a scholarly journal; it may be a revision of a paper written for a graduate course.
  • Students choose a REEEC-affiliated faculty advisor for evaluation of the paper (this often will be the professor for whom the original course paper was written), and the research paper must be approved by the advisor and the REEEC Director; there is no defense.
  • Primary sources in the language used to meet the foreign language requirement are required.
  • Research papers need not be submitted to the Graduate College for deposit, but a final version of the paper, in both electronic and paper form, must be submitted to REEEC.
  • For additional details, see the REEEC Thesis Guidelines

There are no comprehensive examinations.