How to Apply

Admissions Requirements and Application Procedures

MAERES (formerly REES MA) Program
Admission to the Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies program is based on:

  • completed Graduate School of Arts & Sciences application form (see below for link)
  • official transcript(s) of the applicant's academic record that demonstrate graduation from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 average or better
  • 500-word statement of purpose
  • academic or professional writing sample in English (approximately 10-15 double-spaced pages in length with footnotes and a bibliography)
  • three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught you in class
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the general verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing tests (the GRE code for GU is 5244; CERES does not have a department code)
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score of  100 (iBT) or IELTS score of 7.5. These scores are required of students who completed their bachelor's degree at a university where English was not the primary language of instruction. (TOEFL code for GU is 5244).
  • current resume
  • application fee 

Please have official transcripts sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office.

Language Requirement

Applicants should submit evidence that they have completed the equivalent of at least three years of study of an appropriate language of the region at the college level or that they are native speakers of one of the languages of the region. This level of language proficiency is keyed to the program requirement that students who are not native speakers of a language of the region complete two courses of advanced language study and the requirement in some courses that students conduct research in a regional language.

Some background in the Eurasian, Russian and East European area or in related disciplines is helpful but not essential.

Applicants must apply online. For general information about the applications process, please see Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.

Joint MAERES/Government PhD Program
Prospective students must apply separately to CERES and the Government Department for this joint degree program.

For more information on Government Department admissions, click here or contact the Government Department at 202.687.6130 or government@georgetown.edu.

Joint MAERES/Law Center JD
Prospective students must apply separately to CERES and the Law Center.

For more information on Law Center admissions, click here, or contact the Law Center at admis@law.georgetown.edu.

Application Deadlines

Applicants for joint degree programs should be aware that the joint department or school may have earlier deadlines.

For Fall 2017 Enrollment

  • December 15, 2016 - admission to Government Department PhD for joint program applicants with consideration for financial aid through the Government Department .
  • January 15, 2017 - admission to MAERES with consideration for financial aid through CERES.
  • March 1, 2017- admission to Law Center JD program (final deadline) NOTE that the Law Center admits applicants on a rolling basis and that applications will be accepted beginning in September, 2016.

For Spring 2018 Enrollment

November 1, 2017 - admission to MAERES program (no financial aid through CERES)

Please note: Students who matriculate in spring will only be eligible for merit-based aid starting the following fall. 

Admissions Inquiries

To join the MAERES admissions mailing list, please click here. To receive general information from the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please click here.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please consult our list of frequently asked questions. Please address all admissions inquiries (and all inquiries about financial aid) to Benjamin Loring, CERES Associate Director, at ceres@georgetown.edu. Be sure to include your full name and contact information.