Information for FAOs

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) is proud to offer 2 master's degree options for Foreign Area Officers:

  • An MA in Slavic and East European Studies, which can be completed in 18 months; or
  • A Mid-Career Professional Track in Slavic and East European Studies that can be completed in 12 months.

Academic benefits of our MA program include:

  • Approved low-cost designation - active duty service members are eligible for in-state tuition;
  • Excellent regional study options for politics, culture, history, and law of the region that cover the Balkans, Central Asia, Central Europe, and Eastern Europe, including Russia;
  • Ability to work closely with world-renowned, expert faculty;
  • Opportunity for continued language study;
  • Summer semester coursework available;
  • Rigorous program advising by CSEES staff and faculty advisor;
  • Assistance and familiarity with completing required paperwork for FAOs;
  • Thesis or exam graduation option;
  • Proximity to a DLPT testing center in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna;
  • Ability to defer enrollment after completing application to desired start date;
  • Established track record with FAOs - 15 FAOs have graduated from our program since 1991, with 2 currently in coursework; and
  • Access to the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Additional benefits for FAOs and their families:

Email Eileen Kunkler, assistant director, at kunkler.10@osu.edu for more information and to discuss the application process for FAOs.

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