How to Apply
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
- unofficial transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended 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
- Test scores as appropriate:
- GRE: We encourage all applicants who completed their bachelor’s degree at a university where English was the primary language of instruction to submit GRE scores as part of their application. These scores are not required to apply, but the Admissions Committee strongly recommends them, especially in cases where the undergraduate academic record is not as strong as other parts of the application. The GRE code for GU is 5244; CERES does not have a department code.
- TOEFL/IELTS: These scores are required of all international students who completed their bachelor’s degree at a university where English was not the primary language of instruction. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or IELTS score of 7.5. The TOEFL code for GU is 5244.
- current resume
- application fee
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 the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. Please note that we now require to upload unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, rather than sending official transcripts. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.
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.
Joint Degree Applications
MAERES / Government PhD Program
Prospective students must apply separately to CERES and the Government Department for this joint degree program.
For more information, click here to visit the Government Department’s admissions page or contact the Government Department by calling (202) 687-6130 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAERES / Law Center JD
Prospective students must apply separately to CERES and the Law Center.
For more information, click here to visit the Law Center’s admissions page or contact the Law Center by emailing email@example.com.
Spring 2021 Enrollment
November 1, 2020 – 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.
Fall 2021 Enrollment
January 15, 2021 – Application deadline for Fall 2021 admission with consideration for scholarship support
April 1, 2021 – Application deadline for Fall 2021 admission without Scholarship Consideration
Applicants for joint degree programs should be aware that the joint department or school may have earlier deadlines.
Click here to join the Graduate School’s mailing list and select Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies as your desired area of study.
If you have any questions about the admissions process, please consult our list of frequently asked questions. Please address all admissions inquiries to Wesson Radomsky, Supervisor of Academic Programs. Be sure to include your full name and contact information.