#ElliottProud: Garret Mitchell

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Garret Mitchell is a 2015 graduate from the Elliott School‘s M.A. European and Eurasian Studies program. During his time at GW, he focused on natural gas trade in Russia and Central Asia. Four years after graduation, he considers the support he received from IERES staff, Director Peter Rollberg, and the friends he made to be the most valuable legacy of his time at the Elliott School.

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#ElliottProud: John Mackedon

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John Mackedon received his M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies from the Elliott School and is an Online Communications Officer with the World Bank, working in the Europe and Central Asia region. John joined the World Bank in 2009 and has worked in gender, agriculture, climate change, and communications. Prior to going to the Elliott School to pursue a degree in European and Eurasian Studies, John lived and worked in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. From 2002 – 2004, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English. Upon completion of his service, and in the wake of Georgia’s Rose Revolution, John moved to the capital, Tbilisi, to work as a journalist and development consultant. John was born and raised in northern Nevada and received his BA in English from the University of Oregon. When not exploring the nearby waters with his flyrod, John can be found sampling hoppy beers at a local brewery or brewing his own (hoppy) beer.     Continue reading “#ElliottProud: John Mackedon”

Application Tips: M.A. European & Eurasian Studies

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The Master of Arts program in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the functional principles that define Western, Central, and Eastern Europe in conjunction with Russia and Eurasia.

M.A. European and Eurasian Studies Curriculum

Our curriculum combines required and elective courses that allow students to pursue their professional and intellectual interests. In addition, the EES program helps students develop practical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs.

Students who are in this program choose one of the following professional specializations:

European and Eurasian Cultures
International Economics, Political Economy, Business
International Education
International Health Policy and Programs
International Organization, Diplomacy, and Globalization
International Security Policy
Science, Technology, and International Affairs

M.A. European and Eurasian Studies Application: Fall 2019

The Masters in European and Eurasian Studies has two admission prerequisites: economics courses and foreign language proficiency.

Economics prerequisite:
Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.A. in International Affairs curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics and
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
    -OR-
  • Principles of Economics

An applicant may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement; in this case, the applicant will be required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

Foreign language prerequisite:
Academic coursework in a major European language (including Russian), which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, must be shown at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by

  • Study that is equal to four semesters of university-level coursework or equivalent.
  • Completion of formal language training as part of employment (ex. Peace Corps, JET, etc.).
  • Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.

Meeting the Language Requirement: In the case that you cannot show language proficiency via coursework, applicants may indicate native proficiency or by having a professor or tutor indicate in writing how many semesters of coursework your training is equivalent to. Alternately, you may also consider submitting a letter from your employer, providing information and confirming completion of formal language training programs that you’ve participated in. Please note that in some cases, admissions may require additional supporting documentation not listed above.

*Students need to have a strong foundation in a foreign language at the time of application and before enrolling, to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.


Application Tips

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant. Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
202-994-7050
esiagrad@gwu.edu

#ElliottProud: Jacob Hart

Blog_ #EP HartJacob Hart is a research assistant with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He received his MA in European and Eurasian Studies at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and his BA from the University of Kentucky. Before joining NATO PA, he spent a year in the Senate as a Legislative Correspondent and completed internships on Capitol Hill as well as with the Center for European Policy Analysis.  

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#ElliottProud: Patricia Huffman

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Patricia Huffman spent six years teaching English in Georgia (Peace Corps), Hungary, Ukraine and while there, revolutions occurred. She went back to school to get a comprehensive understanding of the events she had witnessed. As a result of her English teaching experience overseas, she got a position at GW working with Bolashak exchange students from Kazakhstan, helping them get their English up to the level required for doing and presenting research. After graduation, she networked and built her tutoring business. Patricia’s favorite thing about the Elliott School is the wide range of backgrounds of the people she encountered, adding that it was the university experience she had always wanted and worth going back to school for. She graduated with a Master’s in European and Eurasian Studies.

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#IncomingElliott: Marlene Tuerxunbaike

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Marlene Tuerxunbaike is Kazakh, however, she was born and raised in Xinjiang, northwestern China. She went to a Kazakh school until 16, only attending a Chinese school for high school. To find out more about the history of Kazakhs and Xinjiang, at college she majored in Russian language and literature since most books and documents on Kazakhs, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia were only available in Russian. After college, she spent eight years as a journalist, business writer, analyst, and researcher, working for international companies in Shanghai covering niche products like the nonwovens industry. She will be starting her Master’s in European and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School in the fall.

What made you interested in your undergrad field of study and how, if at all, did that contribute to your decision to go to grad school?

Curiosity about the past. I grew up with my father telling stories of how our family fled Kazakhstan (two generations ago) to end up on the Chinese side of Central Asia. To better understand that past I majored in Russian language, literature, and history in undergraduate school. It enabled me to easily make friends among Russian-speaking locals in Kazakhstan and answered some questions I’ve had. It’ll help me find out more about Central Asian history during grad school.

What are you looking forward to about starting your MA program?

Meeting a wide range of Central Asian and other experts and having greater access to resources.

Is there anything about moving to DC/starting grad school that you’re nervous about?

Yes, I am a bit nervous about the whole “moving to another country” thing. I hope it’s not a mammoth task as my brain keeps telling me.

If someone was writing a biography about your life so far, what would the title be?  

“Looking Homeward.”

The #IncomingElliott series highlights the Elliott School’s incoming graduate class for Fall 2018 and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective, current, and incoming students. For more information or to submit questions, e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu.

#WeAreElliott: Alex Cantone

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Alex Cantone is a graduate student in the European and Eurasian Studies program at the Elliott School with an expected graduation date of May 2018. Currently, Alex works at the U.S. Department of State on cases preventing international parental child abductions. She spent the past summer interning at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and has previously worked with numerous think tanks and non-profits, such as the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy and the Institute for Gulf Affairs. She studied Political Science and International Studies at Elon University where she studied abroad in Spain, Germany, and Ghana. At Elliott, Alex is currently the Managing Editor of the International Affairs Review, the Elliott School’s graduate, a peer-reviewed academic journal.

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