How to Apply

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Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 academic year is January 10, 2023. 

Admission is normally granted for Autumn Quarter, but requests for exceptions are sometimes considered on a case-by-case basis.

To Apply

The application is submitted online.  To access the application, visit the Graduate Admissions website.  

There is a non-refundable $125 application fee. Some applicants may be eligible for application fee waivers.  For more information, please visit the Graduate Fee Waivers page.

Coterminal applicants

Stanford Undergraduates may apply for the Coterminal degree through the Registrar's Office.  Please refer to the Coterminal Degree page for further details and application instructions. Prospective co-terminal degree applicants should consult with the creeesinfo [at] (subject: Coterm%20inquiry) (CREEES associate director )regarding the process.

Application Requirements

  1. Transcripts: Applicants will need to upload unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended in the online application. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be mailed in only after an acceptance of offer of admission to the program. Official transcripts should be mailed directly to Encina Commons, Room 128, 615 Crothers Way
    Stanford, CA 94305
  2. Standardized Testing: International student applicants whose native language is not English and do not possess a U.S. bachelor's degree are expected to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the results sent to Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar (university code: 4704).  TOEFL scores must be from a test taken within the last 18 months.  For more information, visit the Graduate Admissions Required Exams page

  3. Statement of Purpose: Applicants must compose a statement of purpose that explains how the program would advance the applicant's academic or career goals. The statement should not exceed two (2) pages in length, single-spaced.

  4. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation on the applicant's behalf should be received from faculty members in Russian, East European, and Eurasian fields (one should be from an area language instructor).  Instructions on submitting letters of recommendation can be found in the online application.

  5. Additional Required Materials: (to be uploaded in a single file as "Additional Materials" in the application)

    • a writing sample of 20 pages or fewer in English on an academic topic in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies

    • a resume of college-level courses taken that are relevant to Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, including language courses, with self-reported final grades

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants generally demonstrate the following: outstanding academic achievement; significant coursework in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in multiple disciplines; three years of college-level language study in Russian, an East European, or Central Asian language (candidates with fewer years of area language study are considered); strong analytical writing skills; study or work experience in the region; strong letters of recommendation; and a persuasive statement of purpose explaining how the program would advance the applicant's academic and career goals.

To qualify for admission to the program, applicants must hold a B.A. or B.S. degree or equivalent at time of enrollment at Stanford.

Dual & Joint Degrees

Dual Degrees

To be eligible for a dual degree program with the Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.), School of Law (J.D.), or School of Medicine (M.D.), candidates must apply and be admitted independently to both programs.  Students already enrolled other graduate degree programs at Stanford, including doctoral programs, may apply to add the REEES MA program as a second, concurrent degree program. Program requirements for each degree do not overlap and must be fulfilled separately.

Joint MA/JD

The REEES MA/JD joint degree program allows students to count course units towards both degrees. Students must apply separately for admission to the School of Law and the REEES MA program. To learn more about the Stanford Law School application process, visit the SLS website.

All applicants for the joint or dual degrees should contact the creeesinfo [at] (subject: Dual%2FJoint%20Degree%20Inquiry) (CREEES Associate Director) to discuss the application process and their academic plans.


If you have questions about the application process, visit our Admissions FAQ page or contact us via creeesinfo [at] (subject: MA%20Admissions%20Inquiry) (email).