European and Russian Studies Joint Degree (MA)

Students in the three-year joint program earn a Master of Arts degree (MA) in European and Russian Studies from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and one of four degrees from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES):
  • Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
  • Master of Environmental Science (MESc)
  • Master of Forest Science (MFS)
  • Master of Forestry (MF)

European and Russian Studies
The European Studies Council formulates and implements new curricular and research programs to reflect current developments in Europe. The geographical scope of the council’s activities extends from Ireland to the lands of the former Soviet Union. Its concept of Europe transcends the conventional divisions into Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, and includes the Balkans and Russia. The U.S. Department of Education has repeatedly designated the council a National Resource Center under its HEA Title VI program.
The council administers an M.A. program in European and Russian Studies. This M.A. program is unusual in its embrace of the entire spectrum of European nations and cultures. The requirements permit students to choose a particular national or thematic focus, geared to their individual interests and language skills, while requiring that they acquaint themselves with the traditions and issues associated with the other parts of Europe. Students specializing in Russia and Eastern Europe, for example, will concentrate their efforts in that area, but will also take courses that may concern Europe-wide problems or the countries of Central or Western Europe. In this way, the program translates the political realities and challenges of the post-Cold War era into a flexible and challenging academic opportunity.
Fields of Study
European languages and literatures; economics; history; political science; law; music; sociology and other social sciences.
Students are required to take at least one course in at least three of the four fields relevant to the program, specifically, history, literature, social sciences, and law (i.e., three courses altogether). For the purposes of this program, “history” includes history of art, history of science, and history of music. For students focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe, two of the  required courses (excluding language courses) must concern the nations of Central and Western Europe. Conversely, for those focusing on Central and Western Europe, two courses must concern Russia and Eastern Europe. E&RS 900, Proseminar in European and Russian Studies, is required and should be taken in the first year of the program.
By the time the degree is completed, all students must demonstrate L4 or better proficiency in two European languages besides English. Those wishing to focus on Russia and Eastern Europe will need to demonstrate knowledge of Russian or an Eastern European language; those focusing on Central and Western Europe will need to demonstrate knowledge of one of the appropriate languages. In all cases, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in two European languages by the end of the third term at Yale.
For more information, please see the European and Russian Studies program website.
Forestry & Environmental Studies
For information on the curriculum for the four master’s degrees at FES, see Masters Degrees.
All joint-degree students must complete the three-week FES summer training program, which imparts field skills and techniques considered indispensable to students pursuing careers in environmental research, management, and policy. Students in the joint program must also complete a summer internship arranged through FES, as well as 36 credits.
Candidates must apply to, and be admitted by, each program separately. An offer of admission to one program is made independently of an offer to enroll in the other. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to and enter a joint-degree program from the outset. It is possible, however, to apply to the second program once matriculated at the first.

Financial Aid
Fellowships awarded to joint degree students from the European and Russian Studies program are applied to the semesters in which the student is enrolled through Yale’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For information on fellowships offered, see the MacMillan Center funding website.
For information about financial aid at FES, see FES Financial Aid.
For information on scholarships at FES, see: FES Scholarship Aid.

Contact Info

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
General information: 203 432.5100
Prospective students: 800 825.0330
European and Russian Studies
PO Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206

Telephone: 203.432.3423

Bruce Gordon, Director of Graduate Studies (European and Russian Studies)
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