Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia BA/MA Program

The Columbia BA/MA Program at the Harriman Institute is for current Columbia students (Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of General Studies, and Barnard College) in their junior or senior undergraduate year looking to complete an MA of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies.

What You Need To Know

Interested students should apply no later than the semester before the one in which they intend to begin coursework for the MA Accepted students may begin coursework for the MA in their senior year as they complete undergraduate degrees in their respective departments. Students accepted into the program must discuss graduate course selection (course 4000-level and above) with the Program Director (DGS) before beginning their coursework. Requirements for the MA in Regional Studies-Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe are the same as those for the MARS-REERS degree.


How to Apply



Students may apply in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. Students must have a demonstrated interest in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies and must be able to meet the language requirement by the time of graduation from the MA program. Students must also have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA overall.

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BA/MA applicants should apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) admissions office. Application materials include a statement of purpose, resume, writing sample, academic transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

Applications to the BA/MA Program are due in April of each year. Check the MARS-REERS admissions page for exact deadlines.

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Transfer Credit

Upon enrollment into GSAS, accepted BA/MA students receive 0.5 residence units and up to 12 credits of graduate course work in regional studies as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). The Dean of the student’s undergraduate division must certify that the courses were taken in excess of the 124-credit requirement for Columbia or Barnard bachelor’s degree (i.e. courses that did not count toward the undergraduate major, concentration, or general education requirements). Students transferring fewer than 9 credits will be granted 0.25 residence units.

Questions about applying to the BA/MA Program?

For further information, please email or call the Harriman Institute.