The University of Kansas

Master of Arts in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies



We are pleased to announce that the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas is now accepting applications for the M.A. program in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies for Fall 2019. The deadline to apply to the M.A. program to be considered for funding is January 1st.  For more information and to apply, visit our website.


The KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) is nationally recognized as one of the leading institutions for the study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  The two-year M.A. program offers future professionals a comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and countries of the West Slavic (Poland, Czech Republic) and South Slavic (Balkan) regions. Students will gain advanced language skills and the ability to understand and analyze the complex events, history, and politics of the region. Our REES graduates have become leaders in a wide range of fields, ranging from higher education and government service to work in NGOs and the private sector.  An accelerated graduate program is available for students wanting to complete their REES MA within a 12-month or 18-month period. The accelerated FASt track is open to all graduate students, but specifically designed for Foreign Area Officers (FAOs).


Funding and Internships

  • Apply for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) at Russian Review, the renowned Russian Studies Journal, housed in CREES
  • Gain experience as a CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Intern, utilizing regional expertise and target language skills in the analysis of security related issues
  • Apply for the Bramlage and Willcoxon Scholarship, an annual fellowship of up to $4,000 for graduate students with a strong connection to Kansas
  • Study the Ukrainian language with the support of the Jarosewycz Scholarship, which awards up to $3,000 towards Ukrainian language classes
  • Apply for the George C. Jerkovich Awardfor graduate students who show a strong dedication to the study of Southeast Europe and the Former Yugoslavia ($1,500 per semester)
  • Study the Russian language with the support of the Clowes Russian Language Awards
  • Inquire about Graduate Teaching Assistantships in other departments (CREES students have received graduate teaching assistantships in Slavic, Humanities, and other language departments. Additional Graduate Research Assistantships have also been available in conjunction with research grants won by REES-affiliated faculty).


For more information about these funding opportunities, as well as additional graduate school fellowships, please visit our website.


International Engagement

  • Learn from 50+ affiliated faculty, who have conducted field work & research in the region
  • Participate in excellent study abroad programs in Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Kazakhstan
  • Pursue a joint M.A. degree in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES) and a J.D. in Law
  • Consider combining the M.A. degree in REES with a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity (12 hours)
  • Attend a wide variety of international events and lectures by prominent speakers
  • Benefit from small classroom size, individualized guidance, and flexibility to design the program that best fits your interests and career goals

If you have any questions about the application process or our program in general, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are happy to answer any questions you may have.




Clare Thoman

Graduate Academic Advisor

College Office of Graduate Affairs

University of Kansas

1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Bailey Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045

(785) 864-9814 |


Vitaly Chernetsky
Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Director, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2359 |