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MIRS: REEE Studies Specialization

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies (REEES) specialization is designed for students with an interest in engaging in interdisciplinary research and training on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students choose to focus their studies on humanities, social sciences, and professional coursework related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia.

Anchored in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), the MIRS REEES specialization draws upon CREES’s depth of scholarship and research. CREES has over 50 affiliated faculty members from all across the University of Michigan, including from 17 departments in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), and from 9 professional schools, including: Architecture and Urban Planning; Art and Design; Business; Environment and Sustainability; Law; Medicine; Music, Theatre & Dance; Public Health; and Public Policy. CREES affiliated faculty are area specialists and visiting scholars who offer more than 150 courses each year on the business, cultures, demography, economics, history, languages, law, literatures, politics, public policy, and social organization of the region.

Curriculum (36 credits)

MIRS students will complete a total of 36 credits, distributed over at least two academic disciplines, at the 400-level or above. 27 of these credits are determined by the specialization. The remaining 9 credits are required for all MIRS students. MIRS requirements include two core courses and a graduate colloquium. In addition, MIRS students will have access to a graduate professional development workshop.

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The annual application deadline is December 15.

The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) Master’s Fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding incoming MIRS-REEES student for the 2024-26 academic years. The fellowship will cover two years of tuition and provide a $30,000 stipend for each year. All MIRS-REEES applicants will be considered for this award, and a separate application is not necessary. Awardees will be notified by April 2023.