REES Graduate Certificate

CREES offers a 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. This certificate is intended primarily for graduate-level students in LSA departments and professional schools as a means to acquire context-based expertise on the region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as well as formal recognition of this expertise on their U-M transcript.

The Graduate Certificate Program in REES requires completion of a program of study that allows the student to acquire context-based knowledge of the societies, cultures, economies, and politics of the region. For students enrolled in U-M graduate programs and professional schools, not more than one-sixth of the credits required for any given master's degree may be double-counted between a certificate and that master's. Double-counted courses may not exceed one-half of the certificate requirement.

REES Graduate Certificate Requirements

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REES Graduate Certificate Worksheet (requirements prior to Fall 2011)
REES Graduate Certificate Worksheet

The 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate Program in REES has several components:

  • Core Colloquium. REEES 601, REES Graduate Core Colloquium. Required for all certificate students for one year, including one fall semester and one winter semester; ideally during the first year after joining program. This ongoing course draws on and addresses area-related issues, including programs (Noon Lectures and Center events); Center “gateway” and other course lectures; guest speakers; with occasional separate meetings on development and current state of REES. All students are expected to attend CREES Noon Lectures. (2 credits)
  • Distribution Requirements. Courses may count for both geographic and disciplinary distributions. Students must complete courses EITHER in all three geographic areas OR in all three disciplinary fields. A list of courses is available on the CREES website.
    • Geographic Distribution. At least one 3-credit course in two of the three areas (Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Eurasia). With permission, students may fulfill this requirement with a graduate independent study/directed reading course to accompany a Center “gateway.” (6-9 credits)
    • Disciplinary Distribution. At least one 3-credit course in two of the three core fields (arts/culture, history, social science). (6-9 credits)
      Note: Students may “place out” of either disciplinary or geographic distribution requirements if their previous training includes a substantial concentration in the relevant area or discipline (e.g., a student who focused intensively on Russia, and now at U-M wants to focus on Eastern Europe or Central Eurasia; or a history major who now wishes to focus on literature). Students may not “place out” with a single course from a previous undergraduate institution; prior “substantial concentrations” require grades of B or better in at least three clearly relevant university-level courses.
  • Language Proficiency. Students must have at least 2nd-year competency in a REE-area language (3rd-year for Russian or Polish), as demonstrated by coursework (with a grade of B- or better in the final semester) or with satisfactory performance on an examination administered by the relevant U-M department.
  • Research Seminar. REEES 795 (or approved equivalent) leading to a final project/paper/practicum to be approved by at least two faculty members: one CREES Faculty Associate, and one from the student's home unit. REES Graduate Certificate Essay Approval Form

Advising

Graduate Certificate students are encouraged to meet with the CREES Advisor at least once per year to evaluate progress toward the certificate. Schedule an advising appointment

It is also important that the student's home department or school is aware of his/her intent to pursue a certificate in REES. The student will be personally responsible for letting the departmental advisor know of such intent, and the application will need to be signed by the current program advisor.

Internships, Study, and Research Abroad

Students in the Graduate Certificate Program in REES will be encouraged to participate in internships, research, or study in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. CREES has extensive contacts with appropriate institutions in the region, and will assist students in locating host organizations and constructing projects. Through the CREES Research, Internship, and Fellowship (CRIF) Program, funding is allocated competitively each year to students in graduate-level degree programs relating to the region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (see Student Funding). We anticipate that students enrolled in the REES Certificate Program will be situated to develop outstanding and competitive internship projects.

Application Procedure

Current Rackham Students: Any student with a bachelor's degree who has been admitted to or is currently enrolled in a Rackham graduate degree program at U-M is eligible to apply at any time for the Graduate Certificate program in REES. To make enrollment in the certificate program effective the same term during which degree conferral will take place, applications must be received by January 15 for winter term, May 15 for spring/summer, or September 15 for fall term.

Students in any Rackham program must submit:

  • Rackham Dual Degree/Program Application, signed by the current program's Chair.
  • Current transcript and official transcripts from all universities attended.
  • Statement of purpose, which should outline why the applicant wishes to receive a certificate, and how it fits with his or her academic/professional plans and goals.

Non-Rackham Applicants: The certificate can be pursued by students currently enrolled in non-Rackham programs and professional schools at U-M. Application deadlines: March 31 for fall term and October 15 for winter term.

Applicants not enrolled in a Rackham graduate program must submit:

  • Rackham application and fee
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Statement of purpose that explains the applicant's interest in the Certificate Program and his or her background in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (GMAT and LSAT scores accepted for applicants from professional schools)
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants

For admissions information, contact crees.admissions@umich.edu.

Financial Aid

In addition to the funding opportunities in a student's home unit, students in the Graduate Certificate Program in REES may be eligible for CREES GSI positions and summer and academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. Students may also apply to the International Institute for individually-developed overseas internships and pre-dissertation research awards. For more information, see Graduate Funding.