REES Dual Degrees

For many years, CREES has collaborated with professional schools at the University of Michigan to enhance the training of graduate students seeking to combine strong interests in regional studies with professional expertise. Dual degree programs at the graduate level have been developed for students planning careers in business, law, and public policy, with specialization in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. Students may also combine the REES M.A. degree with graduate degrees in other units.

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). Except for native speakers, all students must also take a proficiency exam administered by the relevant U-M language program. Students are encouraged 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.

Interested applicants to REES dual degree programs should contact both programs to which they will apply, and must gain separate and independent admission to both programs. Applicants will need to submit applications, fees, and other required materials to each program separately. When filling out application forms, applicants should be sure to check the dual degree boxes on both forms.

Students in dual degree programs are encouraged to participate in summer internships and to conduct research in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. CREES and partner departments have contacts with institutions in the region and will assist students in locating host organizations and designing projects. Through the CREES Research, Internship, and Fellowship (CRIF) Program, fellowships are awarded competitively each year to support projects in the region (see Student Funding).

REES/Business

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business and CREES offer a dual degree program leading to concurrent M.B.A. and M.A. degrees. This program combines professional training in the fundamentals of business administration with intensive interdisciplinary study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Students completing the program will be prepared to pursue business careers and other opportunities in the region.

This dual degree program may begin with studies in either school; however, because of the sequential nature of core courses in the M.B.A. program, most students will find it advantageous to devote their first year to business courses. The 75-credit hour program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees may be completed within two and one-half to three years of enrollment, and the degrees are awarded simultaneously. This program is not open to students who have earned either an M.B.A. or M.A. in REES from another institution.

For more information including a sample plan of study, see the Business School's dual degree page. The application for admission to the M.B.A. program is available through the Ross School of Business website.

For further information on the REES M.A., see Master's Degree Program or contact the CREES Academic Services Coordinator at 734.764.0351.

*GMAT scores should be submitted to both programs and will be considered in place of the GRE for REES M.A. admissions.

An additional resource for students in the REES/Business dual degree program is the William Davidson Institute, a private institute at the Ross School of Business. The Davidson Institute was established in 1992 with a mandate to assist countries in transition and emerging market economies.

REES/Law

Recognizing the growing need for specialists who combine training in law with expertise on the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the Law School and CREES have developed a dual degree program which leads to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in Law and an M.A. in REES. This program has produced a number of legal specialists with in-depth knowledge of these societies.

The suggested program of study recommends that students spend their first year in law courses, with the second and third years consisting of a mix of course work in both REES and law programs. By coordinating the course requirements of the two programs, the dual degree program can be completed in three and one-half years. Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with advisors in each school for the precise graduation requirements for each degree and for information about course offerings. Further information about the REES/Law dual degree can be found on the Law School's dual degree webpages.

Sample REES/Law schedules (PDF): Fall start  Summer start  

For Law School application materials, contact the Law School at 734.764.0537.

For further information on the REES M.A., see Master's Degree Program or contact the CREES Academic Services Coordinator at 734.764.0351.

*LSAT scores should be submitted to both admissions offices and will be considered in place of the GRE for REES M.A. admissions.

REES/Public Policy

The dual master's degree program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Public Policy seeks qualified students for careers in international policy in the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The program incorporates training in the management and analysis programs at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (SPP) with CREES's focus on language proficiency, regional expertise, and disciplinary training in the humanities and social sciences. Upon completion of the program, students will join a growing cohort of outstanding and highly trained policy specialists on the region.

The accelerated dual degree program leading to master's degrees in REES and Public Policy is designed to address problems in the social sector brought on by transformation of the region's state socialist systems. The minimum number of credits for the dual master's degree program is 54 credit hours, and a student may complete the requirements for both degrees in four terms. Students must complete REES and Public Policy core requirements as well as a master's project or thesis that integrates knowledge learned from both programs. Students will develop individualized plans of study with the advice of two faculty advisors, one from CREES and one from SPP. Further information about the REES/Public Policy dual degree can be found here and on the SPP dual degree website

REES M.A./M.P.P. Worksheet

For more information about SPP admissions and degrees, contact sppadmit@umich.edu or call 734.764.0453.

For further information on the REES M.A., see Master's Degree Program or contact the CREES Academic Services Coordinator at 734.764.0351.

Other Dual Degree Options

In addition to the established dual degree programs in business, law, and public policy, qualified students may combine a REES M.A. degree with another U-M graduate or professional degree to create a dual degree program. In recent years, REES students have received dual degrees in REES and anthropology, economics, education, history, library and information science, natural resources and environment, political science, Slavic languages and literatures, and sociology.

Interested students must seek admission from both degree programs and are advised to work closely with advisors from both units to ensure that the requirements for both degrees are met in a timely manner.