Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Public Policy (MA/MPP)

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offer a dual degree, leading to the Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (MA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees.

Program Overview

Students enter the program for careers in international policy in the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The program incorporates training in the Ford Schoolís management and analysis programs with CREESís focus on language proficiency, regional expertise, and disciplinary training in the humanities and social sciences. The program is designed to address problems in the social sector brought on by transformation of the regionís state socialist systems. Upon completion of the program, students will join a growing cohort of outstanding and highly trained policy specialists on the region.

Course of Study

A student may complete the requirements for both degrees in two and a half years. Students in this program are encouraged to participate in summer internships and conduct research in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Both CREES and the Ford School have extensive contacts with institutions in the region and will assist students in locating host organizations and designing projects. Through the CREES Research, Internship, and Fellowship (CRIF) Program, fellowships are awarded competitively each year to support projects in the region.

Degree Requirements

Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with their advisor about graduation requirements for each degree.

Number of Credits* Credits must include
Minimum credit hours required for MPP program 33 Core Coursework + 7 PubPol credit hours
Minimum credit hours required for MA program 21 Required Curriculum
Total credit hours required for dual degree: 54

*Credit hours listed reflect reduction of minimum hours from each program.

MPP non-credit requirement:
Students must complete a 10 week summer internship in a policy-related position.

Please note:

  • No credit is awarded for core courses successfully waived by passing waiver exams; credit must be earned with PubPol electives.
  • Dual degree students will be required to complete at least one PubPol 638: Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) in their first or second year. All MPP students, including dual degrees, have the option of completing a second IPE or enrolling in PubPol 778: Project Skills Workshop to complete the requirement. Learn more about the Integrated Policy exercise and this requirement.

Please contact the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for additional information about program requirements beyond the core curriculum.

Please see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies for additional dual/joint degree information requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application. Applicants must have a bachelorís degree and submit GRE scores.


For more information or an application, please contact:

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Office of Student and Academic Services
2236 Weill Hall
Phone: (734) 764-0453
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The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
International Institute
1080 South University Ave, Suite 3668
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Phone: (734) 764-0351