Application Procedures

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduate admissions is a shared process. Graduate programs recommend the admission of prospective students to the Graduate School. This means that part of the application is done centrally, through the Graduate School website. Other parts of the application are submitted directly to the graduate program. Please follow the instructions below carefully.

Admission to the MA degree program in REECAS is selective and takes place in a single competition each year. The application deadline typically falls in early January for matriculation in the following fall. For example, the application deadline for students wishing to matriculate in September 2022 is January 4, 2022.

Graduate School Requirements

  • Complete the Graduate School Online Application.
    • As part of the Graduate School Online Application, submit three letters of recommendation. CREECA will have access to these letters.
    • Upload scanned copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions in which you were enrolled. If you are recommended for admission then we will ask you to send official copies of all transcripts to CREECA (see CREECA Requirements, below).
    • Upload a statement of purpose  (see CREECA Requirements, below).
    • Upload a table of prior language study (see CREECA Requirements, below).
    • Report your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Graduate School electronically. Our institution code number is 1846. Since we receive the scores electronically, no department code is needed.
    • Applications will not be processed without the application fee
  • The Graduate School application fee is $75.00 U.S. It is non-refundable and can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa), Debit/ATM. In addition, non US citizens will be charged a $6.00 international document processing fee. Both fees will be processed during the submission of your application.

CREECA Requirements

  • The application deadline for admission to the REECAS MA program in fall 2022 is January 4, 2022.
  • In addition to completing all standard sections of the Graduate School Online Application, applicants to the REECAS MA program should submit the following supplementary materials. These should be uploaded in PDF through the Graduate School Online Application site.
    • Statement of purpose

Content: Describe your aptitude and motivation for pursuing a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECA), including 1) your preparation for this field of study (including, for example, prior language study, experience working or studying in the region, relevant coursework, internships, and/or work experience), 2) your academic plans or research interests in REECAS, and 3) your future career goals. Please be specific about why the University of Wisconsin-Madison would be a good intellectual fit for you.

Length: 2-3 pages, typewritten, double-spaced.

    • Table of prior language study. In a separate document, create a table that includes information on each language you have studied formally. Describe how many years, semester, or quarters you studied that language, how many hours per week your class met each semester or quarter, and whether or not class was conducted entirely, mostly, sometimes, or rarely in the language you were studying. Note if any of the language classes you took were part of a summer immersion program or a study abroad program in which you spoke the language outside of class. Save this table in PDF using the naming convention “YourLastName_LanguageTable” and upload it to the Graduate School Online Application site.
    • Official Transcripts (after CREECA recommends you to admission to the Graduate School). For the initial Graduate School Online Application, only scanned copies of transcripts are required. After the REECAS MA admissions committee reviews all applications (generally, by late January of each year), only those students who are recommended for admission will be asked to submit official copies of transcripts (whether paper copies or e-transcripts) to the CREECA office.

Have questions about the application process? Please see our FAQs.

Non-Native English Speakers

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

An admitted applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score below 237; TOEFL internet based (iBT) test score below 92; IELTS score below 7; or MELAB below 82 must take an English assessment test upon arrival.

You must then register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) course(s) in the first semester you are enrolled. Visit the TOEFL website at to see sample exam questions, to get free test preparation materials, and to find where the test will be given in your area.

International Applicants

International students should view the International Student Expenses and Financial Information page at the Graduate School’s International Applicant page. International applicants are requested to not send financial documents to Graduate Admissions until requested by the Graduate School. This information will be requested upon a positive admission recommendation from CREECA.