European and Eurasian Studies Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (MA) program in European and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the functional principles that define Western, Central, and Eastern Europe in conjunction with Russia and Eurasia. Subscribe to the Elliott School’s email list to learn more about the M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies program, including how to register for an upcoming Elliott School information session.

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What You'll Study

Our curriculum combines required and elective courses that allow students to pursue their professional and intellectual interests. In addition, the Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) program helps students develop practical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs.

Program of Study


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Professional Specialization Field

Students choose one Professional Specialization Field, selecting three courses listed under that field. Students may design their own field with the approval of the Program Director, or select one of the listed fields.

Professional Specializations


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How to Apply

When you're ready to apply to the program, you will need to follow the graduate admissions process, including completing and submitting the online application with all of the required materials. There are also certain prerequisites that applicants must meet to be able to apply to the program.


Language Prerequisite

Academic coursework in a major European language, including Russian, which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, is required at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by:

  • Study that is equal to four semesters of university-level coursework or equivalent.
  • Completion of formal language training as part of employment (ex. Peace Corps).
  • Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.

*Students need to have a strong foundation in a European language before enrolling to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.


Where You'll Go


Graduates of the M.A. in European and Eurasian studies program continue to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development and public health. In recent years, top employers include: 

  • U.S. Department of State
  • The World Bank Group
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Department of Defense

While you study with us and even once you leave, we'll provide you with resources and support to help you get the job you've always wanted post-graduation. From career counseling, workshops, site visits and information sessions, The Graduate Student Career Development Center has a variety of tools and tips to get you to where you want to be.

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Yihong (Peter) Zhang, M.A. European and Eurasian Studies '24

With the European and Eurasian Studies program here at the Elliott School, I can study the region I’m most interested in, deepen my knowledge of this specific area, and set up a path for my future career.

Yihong Zhang 
M.A. European and Eurasian Studies '24


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