Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies


The Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies (CERES), in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, directs multidisciplinary graduate programs focusing on the political, economic, social, cultural and historical complexity of this culturally rich region, which includes Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan.

Students plan a directed curriculum that culminates in a capstone seminar and research project that they present to students and faculty before graduation. The program places a strong emphasis on foreign language proficiency and requires that students demonstrate advanced-level competency through language coursework. This program has a superb record of placing graduates in jobs related to their studies.

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A.
  • M.A./Ph.D. (Government)
  • M.A./B.S. (Foreign Service)
  • M.A./B.A. (Georgetown College)
  • M.A./J.D. (Georgetown Law Center)

The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian, & East European Studies is divided into five disciplines:

  • Economics
  • Government
  • History
  • Literature and Culture
  • Anthropology-Sociology

Students plan a thematic or disciplinary program that includes at least 3 of the 5 fields.

Written and oral language proficiency is assessed upon entrance to the program, and students must achieve advanced-level competency through language coursework.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020

November 1, 2019 (without scholarship)

Fall 2020

        January 15, 2020 (priority, scholarship)

        April 1, 2020 (final)

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please be sure to review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose  (see below)
  • Writing Sample (see below) 
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Language Skills Certification (see below)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • Official Score Report for the GRE General Test (please see below)
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission to the Master of Arts program in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies is based on evidence of prior academic achievement and demonstration of ability to perform well in a graduate setting. Components of the application package include:

Writing Sample: an appropriate writing sample of 10-15 pages, academic in nature and demonstrating research and writing skills necessary for graduate work.  The sample should preferably be on a regionally related topic, although this is not required.

Language Skills: All applicants must include evidence that they have completed the equivalent of at least three years of college-level study of a language of the region relevant to their proposed course of study. Students may satisfy the CERES language requirement with an appropriate language of the region other than Russian.  CERES places a strong emphasis on language proficiency and requires a portion of the degree credits to be taken in advanced language courses.

Statement of Purpose:  The 500-word academic statement of purpose should describe the applicant’s relevant experience, academic and professional goals, and fit with the program.


Applicants with a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college/university where English is the primary language of instruction must submit the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Test scores must be received by the application deadline date, so applicants should take the test at least four to six weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure that the results reach the Graduate School on time. Georgetown University’s GRE score reporting code is 5244. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow four to six weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 100 (iBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Georgetown University’s TOEFL score reporting code is 5244. TOEFL information:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

The M.A. degree curriculum is designed to take 4 semesters to complete. It requires:  

  • 36 credit hours of course work, including two core courses (Introduction to Area Studies and the Capstone Seminar) and two advanced language courses;
  • a presentation of the student’s research before CERES faculty and students prior to graduation.