CREES is proud to offer several graduate degree options in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies including the M.A.; the certificate of graduate studies; and dual degrees with business, law, and public policy. CREES also invites graduate and professional students in other University of Michigan departments to apply to become CREES Graduate Student Associates.

REES graduate degrees are interdisciplinary and allow flexibility to students choosing to focus their studies on humanities, social sciences, and professional coursework related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia. REES degrees are intended to train future academic and professional experts on the region; a key component of this is competency in at least one regional language. Over 70% of CREES graduates have found employment in a related field or pursued further graduate studies. For more information, see Alumni & Friends.

Applicants to the REES M.A. program must have completed a bachelor's degree. The admissions committee does not focus on one criterion to the exclusion of others, nor do we have minimum requirements for any criterion, though successful applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25, and a verbal score of at least 160 and quantitative score of at least 150 on the GRE revised General Test. (Applicants to the Business Administration or Law dual degree programs may substitute GMAT or LSAT scores.)

Attainment of area language proficiency needed for post-graduation careers is a key program objective. All students must demonstrate proficiency equivalent to three years in at least one language of the region (German not included) by completing coursework at the appropriate level (or the equivalent). All students must take a proficiency exam administered by the relevant U-M language program. Students are required to continue language study even after minimum proficiency levels have been achieved, since they will want to use primary language sources for their master's projects.

Individuals may apply online through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The application deadline for matriculation in Fall 2016 is January 15, 2016.

Please follow the links on the right for more information about REES graduate programs. Prospective and current students can also email our advisor at or call 734.764.0351.

Current Students: schedule an advising appointment

How can your Michigan REES M.A. degree be useful?

Here's Mike MacQueen's answer: "The broad exposure to East European culture, politics, economics and history in my REES M.A. program provided a solid foundation for my past work focusing on the investigation of WW II crimes in Poland, Belarus and the Baltic States. I am still drawing on this now as I investigate crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Moreover, over the course of my career, I have relied on connections and contacts made during my REES studies. When making a recent hiring decision, I’ve also have had the satisfaction of knowing that the candidate with a Michigan REES background was someone with a solid and sound background."

Mike MacQueen (M.A. REES '83) used his language and area studies training during his 20+ years at the Department of Justice, most recently serving as chief of investigative research in the Office of Special of Special Investigations. In 2008, he moved to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security, where he continues to work on Balkan cases.