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The Master of Arts program in Russian and Slavonic Studies offers advanced study in the literature and culture of Russia. Course offerings are primarily in literature, but reflect a variety of interrelated fields, including religion, philology, intellectual history and philosophy. In two years of coursework, students receive training in the theory and history of Russian literature and culture in general, as well as an introduction to the history of the language.

Degrees Offered

Russian & Slavonic Studies, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 1 (for international applicants and for all who wish to be considered for an assistantship)
Spring deadline: September 1 (domestic); May 1 (international)

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

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

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 (optional)
  • 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?”