Fall 2020 App 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.

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#WeAreElliott: Trevor Howe

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Trevor Howe is a second-year Masters candidate in the European and Eurasian Studies program at the Elliott School, concentrating in European security and U.S. foreign policy towards Russia.  He received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a dual concentration in security policy and Europe/Eurasia from the Elliott School in 2018, during which time he studied for a semester in Brussels.  Since his family has Estonian roots, he is interested specifically in Baltic security.  He is currently a graduate assistant and tutor within the Department of Athletics at GW, and is a teaching assistant for IAFF 2094: Europe International and Domestic Interactions starting in the fall.  He also has experience working at the Department of State within the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as well as at the British Embassy in Washington.  Trevor enjoys staying up to date with American and British politics, strategic board games, and black tea.

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#ElliottExpert: Peter Rollberg

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Peter Rollberg is Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies, and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at George Washington University. Rollberg studied at Lomonosov University in Moscow and at the University of Leipzig where he earned his Ph.D. in 1988. He came to GWU in 1991 after teaching at Duke University. His main field of expertise is Russian literature and film, as well as Georgian and Kazakh cinema. His publications include articles in Russian, English, and German on Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, and filmmakers such as Yakov Protazanov and Sergei Bondarchuk. His Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema was published in 2009 (second, enlarged edition 2016). In 2018, Rollberg coedited the volume Mass Media in the Post-Soviet World (with Marlene Laruelle). Peter Rollberg won the Bender Teaching Award in 1999 and the Trachtenberg Teaching Award in 2001.

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#IncomingElliott: Christopher Riehl

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Chris Riehl graduated from Western Kentucky University magna cum laude and triple majored in international affairs, history, and political science. As an undergraduate, Chris published two of his papers in the Michigan Journal of History and the Vanderbilt Historical Review. Chris will begin his master’s program at the Elliott School in Fall 2019 studying European and Eurasian Studies with a concentration in International Organization, Diplomacy, and Globalization. Chris has traveled extensively in Europe, having visited Central Europe in Summer 2016 and Western Europe in Spring 2018. After graduation from WKU in December 2018, Chris spent the subsequent Spring interning at the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana working on International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) projects. Chris planned the itinerary for a visit of five Russian human rights journalists to Kentucky and traveled with them during programming days.

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#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