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The Master of Arts Program in Russian and Slavonic Studies offers advanced study in the culture of Russia and Eastern Europe, spanning a variety of interrelated fields ¬ literature, history, religion, philology, philosophy, and fine arts. Through two years of coursework, all students will receive training in the theory and history of Russian language and culture; beyond this, they will choose to concentrate either on literary and artistic studies, or on the socio-political disciplines.

Students may go on to careers in a number of fields, including government work and international business; they will also be prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

The library of the University of Missouri is particularly strong in Russian history and literature. We are also part of a consortium that provides quick access to the holdings of many other major academic and public libraries.

Qualified graduate students may have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in language, literature, or culture courses. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, with a Russian major or minor and a grade point average of B or higher in the last 60 hours of study.

Degrees Offered

Russian & Slavonic Studies, Master of Arts

On Campus

Note: The University is no longer accepting new applications for this program.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 1 (for international applicants and for all who wish to be considered for an assistantship)

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Undergraduate major or minor in Russian or equivalent

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Note: No language other than English and Russian is required for admission.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Russian Studies Program

  • Two letters of recommendation from a college or university-level instructor
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Statement of Interest addressing the following questions:
    • What draws you to the program and the subject matter we teach?
    • What specific background do you have that prepares you for our program?
    • How does our program fit in with your larger plans or goals for further academic study and/or career?”