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Admissions FAQ

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Answers to the frequently asked questions below will help guide you through the admissions process. After reviewing this information, please contact the Student Services Officer with any additional questions. 

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Application and Admissions Process

How do I apply?

To apply for the Masters program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, please submit an online application through the Stanford Office of Graduate Admissions.

What are the application requirements?

 For application requirements, please see the CREEES information on How to Apply page.

How do I submit a letter of recommendation?

All letters of recommendation must be received through the Stanford Graduate online application system. We cannot accept letters by mail.

Can I submit my application before my references submit letters of recommendation?

Yes, you should submit your application by the stated application deadline, independently of the submission of letters of recommendation.  

How do you make admissions decisions?

The admissions committee takes a holistic approach in evaluating candidates.  No one component of the application is more important than another. In addition to evidence of a strong academic background, the committee looks for students who have demonstrated a clear interest in the region, have a sense of how pursuing the MA will fulfill their academic and/or professional goals, and are likely succeed in the program.

Standardized Testing Requirements

Do you require GRE scores?

The GRE is no longer required.

I am a foreign student; do I need to take the TOEFL?

Foreign students need to submit the TOEFL unless they have degrees from English-speaking institutions. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past 18 months. Please see the Office of Graduate Admissions website for details regarding test requirements.

Will you accept IELTS scores instead of the TOEFL?

No, Stanford does not accept IELTS test scores. Please see the Office of Graduate Admissions website for details regarding test requirements.

REEES MA Program

How many students enroll in the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies MA program?

We typically have a cohort of between 6-9 MA students each year.

Can I enroll in multiple programs to earn a joint or dual degree?

A joint degree program is offered with Stanford Law School. The REEES MA/JD program allows students to count course units towards both degrees. Students must apply separately for admission to SLS and the REEES MA program.

Dual degrees are available with the Graduate School of Business (MBA) and the School of Medicine (MD). Candidates must be admitted independently to both programs. Students already enrolled in other graduate programs at Stanford, including doctoral programs, may add the REEES program as a second, concurrent degree program.  Program requirements for each degree do not overlap and must be fulfilled separately.

Can I study a language outside the region?

It may be possible to study a language outside the region as part of the MA program if you can demonstrate the relevance of this language to your study.

What jobs have recent CREEES graduates accepted?

Our alumni go on to work in various fields in the private and public sectors and academia. You can find more information about the placement of CREEES alumni on our Alumni Careers page.

Tuition and Financial Aid

What is the tuition for the MA program?

Information about Stanford University tuition is available on the Stanford webpages.

Is financial aid available?

We offer a limited number of merit based tuition fellowships to admitted students. For more information, please view the CREEES funding page under CREEES Admissions information.

Does CREEES offer application fee waivers?

Although, CREEES does not offer application fee waivers, fee waivers are available for some applicants by visiting Graduate Admissions for information on applying for an Application Fee Waiver.