Admission Requirements

Student in large glasses and red sweater talking and smiling. KU logo on the wall in the background.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

BA Major

Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has no special admissions procedures for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to declare a major in REES.  Our minor program is open to any student in the good standing in the College. To be successful in upper level coursework, prospective majors should complete the first two years of language study with strong grades.

Degree Overview and Requirements 


The KU Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES) minor offers a multidisciplinary understanding of a broad region that stretches from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.

The REES minor is similar to the major in that it complements traditional disciplinary study with REES coursework and general area knowledge of the languages, arts, literatures, histories, politics and cultures of Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Southeast Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The REES minor is different from the major in that no foreign language is required.

Minor Overview and Requirements

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Arts

Most applicants to the REES program have completed an undergraduate major in the social sciences or humanities, but successful REES graduate students have come from other fields. While a student’s GPA and GRE scores are helpful in determining his/her overall academic potential, the department uses a holistic approach toward admissions, looking at all elements of the application packet before making a decision (language preparation, transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, statement of intent). In the past, the average GPA has been above 3.28 and the GRE scores of successful MA applicants have been above-average (verbal, quantitative and analytical).

CREES accepts applications year-round on a rolling basis. For priority admission and to be considered for departmental funding, please submit all materials by January 1st. 

It may be possible for students, especially FASt Track students, to begin their graduate programs off-cycle in the Spring or Summer semesters. Please contact us at to discuss this option. You may find more information about sources of funding for eligible students here

MA Overview and Requirements