European and Russian Affairs


The Master of Arts program in European and Russian Affairs (MA ERA) is designed to provide a well-rounded multi-disciplinary education in European, Russian, and Eurasian affairs for students who wish to pursue professional, non-academic careers in government and diplomacy, journalism, business, research, and teaching. The program also enriches and broadens the base of knowledge for graduate students considering PhD-level study with a specialization in the European, Russian, and Eurasian area. The MA can also be combined with the collaborative programs in Jewish Studies or Ethnic and Pluralism Studies.

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) is the home for students pursuing an MA in European and Russian Affairs. It provides generous funding to qualified MA students through fellowships or financial support for internships, language training, and study abroad opportunities. The MA has a required field component: in this two-year program, students typically spend a summer or session engaged in research or training internationally, with advisory and logistical support from CERES.

CERES is one of North America's leading academic institutes for the study of the member states of the European Union, the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe. The Centre promotes interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the social sciences and humanities and provides a rich academic environment for graduate students. Apart from access to the country's largest group of faculty experts on the region, students also benefit from the presence of a number of visiting scholars, past and current leaders and policymakers from the region of study, and a full roster of lectures, workshops, and conferences in all the related disciplines throughout the academic year.

CERES is also home to the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, and the Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World/Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone. Through its intensive relations with the European Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service, the wider local community in Toronto, and institutions of higher learning across Europe, Ukraine, and Russia, CERES supports the exchange of ideas and scholars across the Atlantic.

Students may also be interested in the combined degree program in Law, Juris Doctor/European and Russian Affairs, Master of Arts (JD/MA), which provides specialized professional training for those seeking a career in law in the changing environment of the post-communist world. Firms selling or manufacturing in the region need the services of well-informed specialists who can navigate the legal pitfalls of emergent legal systems and deal with lawyers and government officials in the area. Best equipped to meet this demand are people with dual expertise in law and European, Russian, and Eurasian studies.​

Degrees Offered

European and Russian AffairsMA, JD/MA​

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2. For more information on admission requirements, ple​ase review the program'​s SGS Calendar entry: ​​​

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Domestic Students International Students
1. Application deadlines MA-1-Feb-2016
2.Required tests in addition to English Language Proficiency. See below or visit MA-n/a
3. Minimum GPA MA-mid-B
4. Tuition fee -Please visit and refer to Domestic Fees.
-Please visit and refer to International Fees.
5. Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD MA-n/a
6. Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA-n/a
7. If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MA-n/a
8. Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MA-n/a
9. Program length (full-time only) MA-6 sessions
MA-6 sessions
​​1. All applicants must meet the School of Graduate Studies English Language Proficiency requirements​. 
2. For more information on admission requirements, please review the program’s SGS Calendar entry: