The Harriman Institute administers the Master of Arts in Regional Studies — Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS) through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for those wishing to focus on a multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Balkans). The program provides intensive exposure to the politics, international relations, modern history, and cultural and social formations of the region, with both a country-specific and trans-regional focus. Applicants should have some prior language training and must exhibit proficiency equivalent to three years of an East European or a Eurasian language in order to graduate.
The program may be completed in one or two years.
All students must register for a two-semester MA Thesis Regional Studies Seminar ( Research G4020) taught by Professor Elise Guiliano. Students must first enroll in section 1, a one-credit seminar, which focuses on conceptualizing and writing a formal thesis proposal. Students will develop the proposal under the guidance of the seminar instructor, and through a process of peer review in which students read and critique each other’s work-in-progress. At the end of the semester, the thesis proposal may be shown to potential faculty advisors. Once two faculty advisors are secured, the thesis proposal must be submitted to the MARS program advisor along with a proposal form signed by the faculty advisors. Students will receive a letter grade in the seminar.
The following semester, students must register for section 2 of Reasearch G4020, a two-credit thesis course, during which students will work independently with their faculty thesis advisors while writing their thesis. The advisors will assign a final grade to the thesis that will serve as the grade received in this course.
The MARS program advisor, Rebecca Dalton, can assist you with questions regarding program requirements, GSAS policies, and registration. All students must meet the MARS program advisor every semester they are enrolled and submit a signed degree form tracking their progress towards the degree.
The MARS program director, Professor Elise Guiliano, can assist you with questions on courses, thesis topics, research questions, and other academic questions.
Good Academic Standing
To be considered in good academic standing, students must make satisfactory academic progress as determined by their department. Satisfactory progress for MARS-REERS candidates includes but is not limited to:
For more detailed information on the program including academic policies, please see the program guide.