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Slavic Languages and Literatures, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #38 (ARWU) Urbana, IL, United States
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers graduate work leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Scope of the department includes Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Yiddish and Ukrainian.


The degree program is designed for students who wish to continue to the Ph.D. in Slavic; however, the program’s concentration on Russian language, literature, and culture makes it possible for students to pursue an M.A. degree only. Other concentrations and individualized programs may be arranged in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and relevant faculty.

Graduate courses are offered in:

  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Old Church Slavonic
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian
  • Yiddish
  • Ukrainian languages and literatures

The faculty represent a broad range of interests and methodological approaches, including:

  • the intersections of literature and law, medicine, and psychoanalysis
  • Russian-Jewish Studies
  • intellectual history
  • gender, sexuality, and the body
  • Stalinist culture
  • film history and theory
  • Czech revival culture
  • nationalism and literature
  • Polish modernism, postmodernism, and visual culture
  • exilic and emigre literature
  • East European pop culture

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Russian for Grad Students I
  • Russian for Grad Students II
  • Methods in Slavic Grad Study
  • Problems in Russian History
  • Seminar in Russian and East European Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Prospective graduate students of Slavic languages and literatures should have had the equivalent of at least three years of college study in the language of their proposed specialization and advanced coursework in that literature. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for all students. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27412 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27412 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12688 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Urbana

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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