This year Russia Direct is proud to announce that our Ranking of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Programs has adapted a new revised methodology that includes more sophisticated parameters for evaluation of each program’s competitiveness.

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This Ranking takes into account only Master’s level degree programs as these programs provide advanced professional training and prepare students for work in government, business and international organizations. We’ve selected 34 such universities that have centers or departments that offer Master’s programs in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies or graduate certificates.

This year Russia Direct is proud to announce that our Ranking of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Programs has adapted a new revised methodology that includes more sophisticated parameters for evaluation of each program’s competitiveness.

First, we redesigned last year’s parameters of our methodology and came up with five basic parameters and 10 subcategories for evaluating Russian and Post-Soviet Studies programs. We then sent a survey to educators at the 34 selected universities with a request to evaluate which of these parameters were most important from their point of view and also requested their comments and suggestions.

Based on their responses, we assigned a value to each of the parameters and subcategories. To learn more details about the parameters and subcategories, as well as their explanation and weighting, subscribe to Russia Direct in order to be first to download our report, which will be released in March 2016.

Parameters of the Ranking:

1. Average university ranking

2. International cooperation and exchange programs

- Number of exchange programs, agreements with regional universities
- Number of visiting professors/lecturers/experts from Russia or the region per semester
- Ratio of number of students traveling to the region to the overall number of enrolled students
- Ratio of number of faculty members traveling to the region (research, instruction, conferences, etc.) to the overall number of professors/lecturers in the program

3. Academic competitiveness and research

- Number of courses with instruction in Russian
- Number of peer-reviewed publications by faculty members on Russia (foreign policy, security, history, economics)
- Number of regional languages offered
- Acceptance rate
- Average GRE scores of enrolled students
- Number of courses with Russia-related content

4. Reputation surveys 

- Peer review survey
- Prospective employers survey

5. FLAS and NRC funding (Title VI)