Academic Programs

MIA Regional Concentration in East Central Europe
Harriman Institute Certificate
Harriman Institute MA in Regional Studies—Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS)


SIPA Regional Specialization in East Central Europe

A regional specialization in East Central Europe is designed to provide a sound foundation in the modern history, politics, culture, and society of the region. This is normally done by focusing on the region as a whole, the region in relationship to its setting between Western Europe and Russia, or closer study of one or more individual countries.

School of International and Public Affairs students who elect a regional concentration must take at least three courses (9 points) in East Central European affairs, selected in consultation with the ECEC Director Alan Timberlake or Harriman Institute Program Manager Rebecca Dalton.


Harriman Institute Certificate

The Harriman Institute sponsors a Certificate Program that students pursue in conjunction with graduate-degree programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of International and Public Affairs, the School of Law, the Journalism School, the Business School, the School of Public Health, or other professional schools at Columbia University. Enrollment in the Institute’s Certificate Program is contingent upon the candidate’s acceptance into a graduate-degree program in the University.


Students interested in East Central Europe are welcome to pursue the Harriman Institute Certificate, which focuses on the Russian, Eurasian, and East European region.  Please visit the Harriman Institute Certificate Program page for more information.

MA in Regional Studies—Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS)

The Harriman Institute administers the Master of Arts in Regional Studies—Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS) through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for those wishing to focus on a multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe (the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans). The program provides intensive exposure to the politics, international relations, modern history, and cultural and social formations of the region, with both a country-specific and trans-regional focus. Applicants should have some prior language training and must complete at least three years of an East European or Eurasian language.

In addition to the language requirements, the program requires completion of two residence units and 30 points of credit, including a master's thesis and nine regional courses from a wide range of offerings in anthropology, art history, business, economics, history, international affairs, literature, law, political science, and sociology. All students are required to take one of the two Harriman core interdisciplinary colloquia.

The program is tailored to meet the needs of persons entering professional careers, mid-career professionals, as well as students preparing for entry into doctoral programs, and those with a professional degree, such as the JD or MBA, who want to gain regional expertise.

Application to the MARS-REERS program is through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). The application deadline is January 15th. A GRE score is required; TOEFL is required for nonnative speakers. Visit the Harriman Institute MARS Program page for more information.