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.


graphic: a folded map depicting the European and Eurasian continents, with each continent colored in different shades of golden-brown



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



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. 


graphic: an open laptop with a list on the screen. Beside each item on the list is a check mark, indicating steps that have been completed



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 


Graduate Admissions 

There are also certain prerequisites that applicants must meet to be able to apply to the program. 



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, JET, etc.).
  • Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.

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


Affiliated Institute


At the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), our primary mission is to promote and support the study of Europe and Eurasia through courses, research, events, and publications.


Where You'll Go 

graphic: a pie graph with the text "European and Eurasian Studies" in the center. The pie graph is divided as follows: 25% private, 62% public, 13% non-profit. Private, public, and non-profit refer to the sectors that Elliott graduates enter



Graduates of the MA 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. For 2014 graduates, the top employers included: 

  • Relief International
  • U.S. Army
  • TD International
  • George Washington University
  • Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
  • The Urban Institute
  • PRA International
  • U.S. Department of State
  • TechServe Alliance

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. 


Find Career Resources


photo: professional headshot of Elliott MA Graduate Michael Dyer

Michael Dyer

MA European and Eurasian Studies

"The MA in European and Eurasian Studies program provides a great balance between regional specialization and broader policy applications."

Subscribe to Our Email List

For more information about the M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies program, including how to register for an upcoming Elliott School information session, enter your information below: