Grad Program: Master’s Degree in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Harvard)

Application Deadline: January 2, 2019, 5PM EST

Master’s Degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (REECA)
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University 

The REECA Master’s program can help jump-start your career in academia, government service, NGO management, or the private sector. This two-year, interdisciplinary program allows you to:

  • Study with some of the world’s top scholars working on the region
  • Gain a nuanced understanding of history and current affairs
  • Build proficiency in Russian and other regional languages
  • Take courses at Harvard professional schools
  • Tap into the Harvard alumni network

We especially welcome applicants who would enter the program with high proficiency in Russian and/or other regional languages.

We offer generous financial aid, including Harvard and Davis Center grants open to all students, regardless of citizenship; and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships funded by the U.S. Department of Education, open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Generous financial aid in the form of Harvard and Davis Center grants is available to students, regardless of citizenship.  The deadline to apply for financial aid is the same as for admission.

NOTE: If you are interested in financial aid, please be sure to complete the Supplemental Data Form as part of the online admissions application.

Harvard and Davis Center grants are offered at the time of admission based on academic merit and financial need.  Grants range from half-tuition to full tuition and a modest living stipend.  These grants are renewable for a second year, assuming satisfactory progress to the degree.

Thanks to a grant through the U.S. Department of Education, we also offer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to eligible US citizens and permanent residents [subject to annual re-authorization by Congress]. FLAS fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis and cover full tuition plus a living stipend of $15,000.

We require general GRE scores of all applicants (send to school code 3451).  TOEFL scores are required of all applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction.

Other application requirements include: a personal statement, three academic references, official transcripts for all post-secondary work, and a writing sample.

For full details on the program and other resources of the Davis Center, please see our web site at:

Questions? Email