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The MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES) is awarded through the Curriculum in Global Studies as a special concentration within the MA in Global Studies. The program offers students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the regions and its peoples while providing the opportunity for in-depth study of themes that most interest them. The degree is designed to train professionals to handle the multidimensional tasks of modern global society in fields such as international trade, cultural exchange, nongovernmental organizations, foreign policy, government service, and the military. 


  • A flexible program. Students train in language, history, the social sciences, and have opportunities for individualized study.
  • Top-notch, accessible faculty. Students engage with more than 40 core and affiliate faculty on campus.
  • An excellent placement record. Graduates realize rewarding, impressive careers in the military, security organizations, the State Department, international organizations, media, education, and the private sector.
  • Professional preparation in the “Southern Part of Heaven.” The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area is consistently ranked among the best places to live, work, and study.

Admission to the program is highly selective. An undergraduate degree from an appropriate college or university, or its international equivalent, is required. Applicants should have maintained at least a B grade average (cumulative 3.0 GPA) during their last two years of study. See UNC’S Graduate School admissions page for more information. Please note: starting with the Fall 2021 admissions cycle, Global Studies MA Program is waiving the GRE requirement for all applicants. 

Students intending to pursue Russian as their required foreign language are expected to have already completed four semesters of Russian or take two semesters of intensive Russian, one prior to entry and one following the first year. Students planning to pursue Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Romanian or Turkish are not required to have had prior study in the language. For specific program requirements, please see here.

Online admission to the program is administered through UNC’s Graduate School. All supplemental items should be uploaded via the online application system. See Graduate Degree Program page (select Global Studies in the drop-down menu) for supplemental material requirements. Applications are only considered after all materials have been received and the non-refundable application fee has been paid.


  • The online application for Fall 2024 is now open. The admissions deadline for Fall 2024 applicants who wish to be considered for fellowship and teaching assistantship opportunities is December 12th, 2023Apply here.
  • The application for 2024-25 summer and academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships will open on November 15, 2023. The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2024. Please consult with CSEEES Associate Director Adi Džumhur in advance of the deadline. More information.
  • UNC-CH FAFSA (student loan) priority deadline is March 1, 2024 (school code 002974). For more information, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.
  • For information on tuition rates, visit the Finance and Accounting department’s website.
  • For information on NC Residency for Tuition Purposes, click here.
  • Questions? Email us.