M.A. On Campus

Russian Culture

Duke University

24 months
57900 USD/year
57900 USD/year
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Students typically enter the Master of Arts Degree in Russian Culture program at Duke University with the equivalent of at least three years of undergraduate courses in Russian or, if possible, another Eurasian language to enable them to do research in the original language.


Candidates for the Master in Russian Culture program at Duke University must achieve language proficiency the equivalent of five years of Russian language instruction. Master's candidates who are in residence should complete all requirements within two calendar years of their first registration. We require that all M.A. candidates complete and defend a master's thesis by the end of their studies (typically, the fourth semester).

Graduate Student Advising

During the first year of the M.A. program, graduate students are advised by the Director of Graduate Studies.  We urge students to start thinking about a specialization as well as a possible master's thesis topic during this year.  In the second year, students should meet each semester with the DGS to be sure they are meeting requirements; they also may designate a separate thesis advisor with whom they will work throughout the year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Semiotics of Culture
  • Semiotics and Linguistics
  • Stylistic and Compositional Elements of Scholarly Russian
  • Theory and Methods of Comparative Linguistics
  • Cognitive and Neurolinguistics
  • The Struggle for Justice and Faith: Russian Literature and Culture, 1855-1900
  • The Russian Novel
  • Russian Modernism
  • The Russian Intelligentsia and the Origins of the Revolution
  • Media and Social Change
  • Russian Poetry
  • Dostoevsky
  • Tolstoy and the Russian Experience
  • Chekhov
  • Bunin: Mystery of the Russian Soul and Metaphysical Memory
  • Zamyatin
  • Apocalyptic Visions and Diabolic Drama: The Works of Mixail Bulgakov
  • Culture and Explosion: How Russian Culture Changed the World
  • Russian Stylistics and Conversation
  • Soviet Art after Stalin 1956-1991

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution (transcripts required, including an estimated GPA and a grade scale)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three recommendations
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or equivalent—official results
  • English Language Testing (TOEFL or IELTS)—official results 
  • Interview and/or a video introduction
  • Nonrefundable application fee of US$75— paid by credit card, or by a check made payable to Duke University

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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