What You Need to Know
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.
The program may be completed in one or two years.
All applications to the program are processed through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For more information about applying visit the MARS-REERS Admissions page.
Current Columbia undergraduates interested in the MARS-REERS program should also consult the Harriman BA/MA Program page for additional information.
- 30 points of graduate credit
- 2 residence units
- Harriman core interdisciplinary colloquium, Legacies of Empire and the Soviet Union (RERS G8445)
- 9 regional courses from 3 different disciplines including Anthropology, Art History, Business, Economics, History, International Affairs, Literature, Law, Political Science and Sociology
- Advanced knowledge of a regional language (proficiency equivalent to three years of an East European or Eurasian language)
- A master’s thesis
The list below provides an overview of our course offerings to help students make decisions and plans for the upcoming semester. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change, and students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Courses and Vergil, where course descriptions and class meeting times will be posted.
The course lists on our website fulfill regional course requirements for the Harriman Institute Certificate, the MA in Regional Studies: Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS), and SIPA Regional Specializations. Further course details may be found by visiting the appropriate department’s website.
Any course marked with an asterisk (***) must be approved for regional credit by a Harriman advisor prior to enrollment. For Harriman's approval of courses not listed which you believe may fulfill regional requirements, please contact Rebecca Dalton.
The following languages satisfy the Harriman Certificate & MARS-REERS language requirements and are currently being offered: Armenian, Czech, Hungarian, ***Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian, ***Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yiddish. Please consult the Directory of Classes for language times and sections.
MA Thesis Requirements
The following semester, students must register for Section 2 of Research 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.
MA Thesis Guidelines
Thesis Proposal Form
First Year Fellowships
Merit-based fellowships are available for first-year MARS-REERS students. There is no separate application, the GSAS application will be used by the admissions committee to award funding.
Second Year Fellowships
There is significant funding for the second year of study for MARS-REERS students. The Institute’s Fellowship Committee makes all fellowship decisions. Candidates may apply for more than one fellowship.
Every year the Harriman Institute awards funding for Columbia student travel, research, and language study in and about Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe.
Questions about the MARS-REERS Program?
For further information, please email or call the Harriman Institute.