Dual Degrees


"The dual degree program offered by the Slavic Center and Glenn College is a great program for students who want to continue to enhance their language skills, increase their knowledge of Eastern Europe, and gain skills essential to policy management, international communication, and leadership roles. One of my favorite things about the program is that it introduces students to a diverse networking opportunity that includes the non-profit sector, the private sector, Eastern European studies, government, military, and more. With the variety of languages and public affairs courses offered, this program allows students to choose the area and sector that will be most beneficial to their personal career goals." 

— Brandon Harvey, CSEEES/Glenn College Dual Degree student class of 2021

Dual Degree with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs

For students interested in both public administration and Eastern European/Eurasian area studies, the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (CSEEES) and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs have partnered together to offer the dual degree in Slavic and East European studies and public administration. Students who complete the program graduate with two separate master's degrees, a Master of Arts in Slavic and East European Studies and a Master of Public Administration. Through the dual degree program, students are able to fulfill both degree requirements while receiving dual credit for some courses. Thus, they are able to fulfill the requirements in a shortened time frame, typically graduating in three years, as opposed to completing both degrees separately. 

Benefits of the Dual Degree

The dual degree is open to both students at the Glenn College who wish to enhance their public policy degree with the interdisciplinary study of Eastern Europe or Eurasia, and CSEEES students who want to augment their area studies knowledge with policy and management skills. It is an ideal option for those who desire to work in the public or non-profit sectors. Students leave the program with a solid foundation in policy and management theory and knowledge of Eastern European/Eurasian countries, cultures, and languages.

General Requirements

71 credit hours of coursework are needed to complete the dual program, broken down between:

  • 19 credit hours of coursework specific to Slavic and East European area studies;
  • 26 credit hours of coursework specific to public policy; and 
  • 26 credit hours of electives (can be area studies courses or public policy).

To show completion of both degrees, students:

  • Complete a capstone for the Glenn College; and
  • Write an MA thesis or exam for CSEEES.

Glenn College Requirements

Prospective dual degree students should consult the Glenn College’s website for dual degree information and program plans/advising sheets. All students should contact staff at the Glenn College by emailing GlennApply@osu.edu to determine their course schedule and requirements. Typically, dual degree students still are required to complete the Glenn College's core courses.

CSEEES Requirements

Course Requirements

Dual degree students are required to meet the same overall interdisciplinary requirements as the regular MA degree, including:

  • Taking Slavic 6501 (three credits);
  • Having an area of concentration (nine credits);
  • Completing courses in at least three disciplines and two different colleges or divisions; and
  • Taking at least nine credits of coursework at the 6000-level or above.

Language Requirement

  • Dual degree students must take or show completion of at least four years of Russian language study or two years of another East European/Eurasian language. Courses taken to complete the language requirement do not count towards the CSEEES credit hour or course requirements

Exit Requirement

  • MA exam or thesis

How to Apply

Current Graduate Students

If you are already admitted and enrolled in either the Glenn College or CSEEES MA program, you must apply for admission to the other program at least one semester prior to completion of your home program. Generally, students must apply to one program first (the home program), then apply to a second program for dual degree status. Students are encouraged to apply to the second program within the first year of their graduate study. 

CSEEES MA students wishing to apply as a current graduate student should read the Glenn College's dual degree admissions page.

For Glenn College students wishing to apply to the CSEEES MA, after contacting Eileen Kunkler, the assistant director of CSEEES, at kunkler.10@osu.edu to discuss MA options, applicants should do the following:

  • Request that the Glenn College send a copy of your application file to Maryann Walther-Keisel (walther-keisel.1@osu.edu) by email or campus mail so that we have your graduate admissions application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, Glenn College statement of purpose, test scores, and resume/CV;
  • Submit a new, CSEEES specific statement of purpose (two pages, double-spaced) that explains why you wish to pursue a graduate program in Slavic and East European studies, including career goals, special interests, and probable major field of study. This may be emailed to Maryann Walther-Keisel; and
  • OPTIONAL – you may also submit an updated resume/CV and a letter of recommendation from a language instructor if desired and based on guidance from CSEEES staff.

All students accepted to a dual degree program will then need to submit a dual degree program plan through Gradforms. Both programs will review and approve the plan to ensure that students complete the requirements of both degrees.

Incoming Graduate Students

Students who have not yet been admitted to the Graduate School may apply to one graduate program first, either CSEEES or the Glenn College, or apply to both programs simultaneously, submitting two separate applications and sets of application materials. Learn more about applying to the CSEEES MA program or applying to the Glenn College's MPA program. Within the first year of enrollment in their home program, students should then apply to the second program following the instructions for current graduate students after first speaking with their program advisor. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to a second.

To contact the Glenn College, email GlennApply@osu.edu.

To contact CSEEES, email the assistant director, Eileen Kunkler, at kunkler.10@osu.edu

Dual Degrees with Other Departments

A dual degree can be obtained by combining work for the interdisciplinary master of arts degree with work in any other graduate degree (students enrolled in professional degrees should read the information below on Combined Degrees). Many other departments offer specializations or courses on or relevant to Slavic and East European studies, or that add an additional skill set or knowledge component to prepare students for diverse careers.

A student seeking a dual degree must fulfill all the requirements for both degrees, although up to 50 percent of the credit hour requirement for each degree may be used for dual credit. A minimum of 50 percent of course credit for each degree must be unique to that degree. Normally students must complete a separate master's examination for each degree program, but they may be required to complete only one joint examination or thesis. Information on how to apply for a dual degree is available through the Graduate School's website.

Combined Degrees

A combined degree in Slavic and East European studies is available to students enrolled in a professional or an undergraduate college or school. This allows students to pursue simultaneously two degrees in different colleges or schools by reducing the amount of time required to complete both sets of degree requirements. For example, students pursuing a law degree can also pursue an MA in Slavic and East European studies. Information on how to apply for a combined degree is available on the Graduate School's website.