European and Eurasian Studies

Elliott School of International Affairs

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Across Europe and Eurasia, powerful forces are pushing for political, social, and economic change. EU member states and their neighbors confront a host of domestic challenges ranging from economic reform and social diversity to terrorism and separatism. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States stand at different points along the path of transition from communism to new political institutions. At the same time, a web of political, economic, security, and societal connections increasingly links the various parts of Europe and Eurasia with one another and other parts of the global community. In view of these dynamic interactions, it is essential to study Europe and Eurasia together.

The European and Eurasian Studies graduate program at the Elliott School provides an interdisciplinary curriculum combining several required courses with a wide variety of additional courses and optional fields that can be selected to suit an individual student's professional goals and intellectual interests.

The European and Eurasian Studies program is supported by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) and benefits from the expertise of its faculty members, who are prominent practitioners and scholars in disciplines including political science, economics, and history, with important representation from languages and literature, film studies, anthropology, sociology, and public policy.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines: 

Fall – February 1 (To be considered for fellowship support, applications must be submitted by January 7.)

Standardized test scores:

GRE/GMAT test- optional

Recommendations require

Two (2) letters of recommendation, preferably from professors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may send recommendations from supervisors or employers.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided.  The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application.  Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission.

Statement of purpose:

For your Statement of Purpose choose one of these options:

In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School of International Affairs. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, and how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals. Please be specific.


In an essay of approximately 500 words, please discuss an issue of international importance you wish to address in your professional career. Please include how the Elliott School and the academic program to which you have applied will prepare you to address this global issue.

Additional requirements:

A resumé or curriculum vitae is required. High intermediate proficiency of a major European language prior to admission and two (2) semesters of introductory economics (one semester each of micro- and macroeconomics). Intermediate micro- and macro-economics and one (1) semester of statistics are highly encouraged. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution. In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that Elliott School programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday