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Russian Literature (Slavic Languages), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #18 (QS) , NY,
This is a freestanding Master's program.  It does not lead to a doctorate (though students may subsequently apply for admission to the Ph.D. program. Full-time students normally complete this program in two or three semesters. Part-time students must complete the program within four years. Note that two Residence Units (RU) are required for the M.A. degree.


Educational goals:

Students will

  • expand their knowledge of the Russian literary tradition;
  • become conversant in twentieth and twenty-first-century critical and cultural theory and learn how to negotiate the fundamental idioms and axioms of our academic practices;
  • achieve a high level of proficiency in Russian language;
  • learn the skills associated with independent research and academic writing.

Programme Structure

  • three courses in Russian literature;
  • the Proseminar in Literary Studies (SLLT GR8001)--an introduction to critical theory and methods, to be taken during the first semester of graduate study;
  • four points of Directed Research for the completion of the Master’s essay, to be taken with the M.A. essay adviser during either the second or third semester;
  • EITHER one graduate-level Russian language course, such as Practical Stylistics (RUSS GU4434), a course from the Chteniia po russkoi literature or Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture series, or any other Russian language course at the 4000 level or above; OR one course in Slavic Linguistics, such as Introduction to Old Church Slavonic (SLLN GU4005), History of the Russian Literary Language (RUSS GR6225), or Structure of Modern Standard Russian (RUSS GR6021);
  • two additional elective courses. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 credit points alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

For all Slavic graduate programs, an undergraduate major in the appropriate Slavic language and literature is desirable but not required. The Department will also consider applicants with solid backgrounds in other literatures, history, philosophy, religion, or other disciplines in the humanities. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English on the TOEFL examination, unless their undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is English.

Admission to the programs in Russian Literature and Russian Translation normally presupposes four years of college-level Russian (or; the equivalent). Graduate students in Russian Literature are expected to read both Russian literature and literary criticism in the original and be able to participate in graduate classes conducted in Russian. Admission to the Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian programs, requires two or three years of college-level instruction (or the equivalent) in the relevant language. The M.A. program in Slavic Cultures does not have an explicit language requirement for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2018 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2018 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2018 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2018 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
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