Master's Program (MARS-REERS)

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 is tailored to meet the needs of persons entering professional careers, mid-career professionals, as well as students preparing for entry into doctoral programs, and those with a professional degree, such as the J.D. or M.B.A., who want to gain regional expertise.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the language requirements, the program requires completion of 2 Residence Units and 30 points of credit, including a master’s thesis and nine regional courses from a wide range of offerings in Anthropology, Art History, Business, Economics, History, International Affairs, Literature, Law, Political Science and Sociology. All students are required to take the Harriman core interdisciplinary colloquium.


Limited funding is available to MARS-REERS students.

The MARS Student Fellowship is awarded annually to one full-time first-year student and one full-time second-year student. The fellowship provides partial tuition. MARS applicants will automatically be considered for the Student Fellowship. Continuing students should submit the MARS Student Fellowship application during their spring semester.

The MARS Program Assistant Fellowship is awarded annually to one full-time second-year student. The Fellowship provides full tuition plus a stipend. Program Assistants work 13-15 hours per week at the Harriman Institute. Applications are due in the spring.


Application to the MARS-REERS program is through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15th (applications will be accepted until May 1st on a space available basis only).

Deadline for Spring Admission: November 15th

Applications must include a 10-15 page writing sample, a resume/CV, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers.

Applications are online.

For further inquiries, please call Rebecca Dalton at 212-854-6239.