Columbia BA/MA Program

at the Harriman Institute

Current Columbia students (Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of General Studies, and Barnard College) in their Junior or Senior year may apply for the newly offered BA/MA of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies.

Interested students should apply no later than the semester before the one in which they intend to begin coursework for the M.A. Accepted students may begin coursework for the MA in their senior year as they complete undergraduate degrees in their respective departments.

Students accepted into the program must discuss graduate course selection (course 4000-level and above) with the Program Director (DGS) before beginning their coursework. Requirements for the MA in Regional Studies-Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe are the same as in the MARS-REERS degree.














Students may apply in the Spring of their Junior year or the Fall of their Senior year. Students must have a demonstrated interest in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies. They must be able to meet the language requirement by the time of graduation from the MA program. Students must also have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA overall.


BA/MA applicants should apply through the GSAS admissions office. Application materials include a statement of purpose, resume, writing sample, academic transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Deadline: April 24, 2020.
GSAS Admissions

MA Requirements

The requirements to receive an MA in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European studies are:

  • 2 full residence units
  • 30 credits of graduate-level courses in Regional Studies, including three disciplines
  • The core course: Legacies of Empire and the Soviet Union
  • Advanced knowledge of a regional language
  • A master’s thesis
Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer Credit

Upon enrollment into GSAS, accepted BA/MA students receive 0.5 residence units and up to 12 credits of graduate course work in regional studies as approved by the DGS. The Dean of the student’s undergraduate division must certify that the courses were taken in excess of the 124-credit requirement for Columbia or Barnard bachelor’s degree (ie. courses that did not count toward the undergraduate major, concentration, or general education requirements). Students transferring fewer than 9 credits will be granted a 0.25 residence units.















I believe that studying at the Harriman Institute will enable me to better understand political and economic phenomena in the region, and enable me to make more informed choices in my post-graduate career.

– Robert, BA/MA Class of 2020




In light of the political, economic, and cultural issues between former Soviet States and Russia, I wish to become an active participant in seeking solutions for peace and economic stability in these countries.

– Mariya, BA/MA Class of 2020



For me the turning point [between Psychology and Harriman] was Kimberly Marten’s course ‘Russia and the West’—it fit like a glove.

– Tinatin, BA/MA Class of 2019


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