European and Russian Studies Joint Degree (MA)

The joint degree is aimed at students wishing to address European economic, political, and cultural studies integrated with environmental issues.  By blending the study of environmental sciences with a cross-disciplinary exposure to the arts, history, cultures, politics, and development of Europe, students can go on to a doctorate or seek a terminal M.A degree before entering the business world, the media, or government service. The joint degree is strongly supported by the European Studies Council and the Macmillan Center. The geographical scope of the council’s activities extends from Ireland to the lands of the former Soviet Union.


Students in the three-year joint program earn a Master of Arts degree (MA) in European Studies from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and one of four degrees from the School of the Environment (YSE), Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Master of Environmental Science (MESc), Master of Forest Science (MFS), or Master of Forestry (MF).
Pursuing a joint program reduces the total time of study by one year.

Course of Study

Each environment degree program requires a completion of 36 credits as well as a summer internship and a thesis or a capstone project.  In addition, all joint-degree students are required to attend three weeks of technical skills training before beginning their studies at YSE.  These are hands-on workshops, offered every August, that teach plant identification, ecosystems management, land measurement, and urban ecosystem analysis. Please see Degree Programs at YSE for more information.
For the Master of Arts program in European and Russian Studies, students will specify as an area of primary concentration either (1) Russia and Eastern Europe, or (2) Central and Western Europe. All students must complete sixteen term courses (or their equivalent) in various fields related to European and Russian studies. A Master’s Thesis is required.


Each school individually admits students in accordance with its own criteria. Prospective students may apply to the program prior to matriculation by submitting a separate application to each school during a single admissions cycle. For more information on admission, please visit YSE Masters Admissions and theGraduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and three semesters at GSAS.  Fellowships awarded to joint degree students from the European Studies program are applied to the semesters in which the student is enrolled through GSAS. For information on fellowships offered to European Studies students, see European Studies Resources. For more information on applying for financial aid at YSE, please see the YSE financial aid website

Contact Info

School of the Environment
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 800 825-0330

Joint Degree Faculty Contact
Michael Dove
European Studies Council
34 Hillhouse Ave
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203 432-3423

Bruce Gordon, Director of Graduate Studies (European Studies)