School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Dual Central Eurasian Studies MA and Master of Library Science MLS

Degree Requirements :: Graduate Programs

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies offers a dual degree program in cooperation with the Department of Information and Library Science, School of Informatics and Computing. Study in the dual degree program allows students to complete the MA and MLS with a total of 54 credit hours rather than the 66 hours that would be required to take the two degrees separately. Students take at least 24 credit hours in CEUS and at least 30 graduate credit hours in library and information science. Under this program, the two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.


Students must apply separately for admission to the MA program in Central Eurasian Studies and the MLS program in the Department of Information and Library Science and must be accepted by both units in order to be admitted to the dual degree program. Students may apply for admission to both programs simultaneously. Alternatively, students enrolled in one program may apply for admission to the other anytime before the completion of their degree.

CEUS Requirements: Course Work, Thesis, and Research Language

Twenty-four credit hours of graduate course work to be distributed as follows: (1) three courses (9 credit hours) on the culture, history, or society of the region of specialization; (2) two courses (6 credit hours) at the intermediate level of a language of specialization selected according to the region of specialization; (3) two electives (6 credit hours) taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, which may include further courses in the student’s region of specialization, in another region of specialization, or advanced-level courses in the language of specialization; (4) R691, an independent study course (3 credit hours) that will serve as the MA thesis course (5) an MA thesis (no credit hours) of no less than 50 and no more than 70 double-spaced pages (text and notes) that reflects the use of materials in the student’s language of specialization and in one research language other than English; and (6) demonstration of reading proficiency in a modern research language such as French, German, or Russian.

Department of Information and Library Science Requirements

In addition to the ILS Z401 pre-requisite, students must complete 15 credit hours of ILS MLS Foundation courses and at least 15 credit hours of ILS elective courses appropriate to the student's background and interests.

Note on Tuition Costs

Students in this dual-degree program may find variance in their tuition charges. There is no standardized method of coding students in dual-degree programs. The Department of Information and Library Science and the College of Arts and Sciences charge different graduate tuition rates per credit hour. You will initially be coded in one unit or the other. As you near the half-way point in your dual-degree program, you should contact either ILS or the College, so arrangements can be made to change your coding and the second half of your degree can be charged at the other unit's tuition rate. Check with the Recorder of either school if you have questions.

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500