Admission Requirements

Application process

The admissions requirements listed below are particular to this Department and must be read in conjunction with the general requirements of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). For more information, visit the GSAS website, where you can learn about the application process and file your application online. Please note that all applications must be filed online through the GSAS website.

For a list of required application materials and deadlines, see the Slavic Department page on the GSAS website.


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.

Students interested in combining the study of any of the Slavic literatures with the study of comparative literature should refer to the admissions information on the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society website, as well as to the pages on the Slavic website describing our various graduate programs.  Students interested in combining the study of any of the Slavic literatures with area studies should see the requirements of the Harriman Institute.

In order to be considered for possible Harriman fellowship funding, applicants to Slavic Department doctoral programs are encouraged to indicate their interest in the Harriman Institute in the "Regional Institute" space on the online application form.

M.A. Programs

Admission into 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 critcism in the original and to be able to participate in graduate classes offered in Russian. For admission into the Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian programs, two or three years of college-level instruction (or the equivalent) in the relevant language are required.