Admissions

CHOOSING A PROGRAM
 

Doctoral programs 

The Department offers sequential programs (M.A./M.Phil./Ph.D.) for doctoral degrees in Slavic Languages with tracks in Russian Literature with a Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society, and in Czech, Polish, South Slavic, or Ukrainian Literature with a Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society. For more information about each program, please consult the individual listings under Programs of Study.

Master’s programs

The M.A. programs in Slavic Languages with tracks in Russian, Czech, Polish, South Slavic, and Ukrainian Literatures are freestanding degree programs and do not lead to the doctorate (though students may subsequently apply to the Ph.D. program). The Department also offers freestanding M.A. programs in Russian Translation and in Slavic Cultures. For more information about each program, please consult the individual listings under Programs of Study.

Linguistics

The Department provides coursework in Slavic linguistics, but it does not offer degrees in this field. Doctoral students may choose Slavic linguistics as their minor.


Prospective applicants are encouraged, when feasible, to visit the Slavic Department. Please contact the Director of Academic Administration and Finance, John Lacqua (jl808@columbia.edu) if you would like to arrange a visit. When the review of applications begins, the Department may request Skype interviews with applicants they have not met otherwise.


2020 - 2021

In response to the disruptions wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Slavic Languages has elected to pause admissions for its PhD program for fall 2021. This one-year hiatus will allow us to provide our current students with additional support as they navigate the unanticipated needs that have arisen since the pandemic began. We are committed to devoting our full attention and support to our current doctoral students, and to mentoring them closely so that their research may recover as quickly as possible.


We understand that this may be disappointing news to those seeking to begin doctoral study in the fall of 2021, but we believe that we have an abiding responsibility to the students whom we have admitted in the past, and whose success must be secured to the best of our capabilities. Prospective PhD applicants are encouraged to apply in 2021 for admission in fall 2022. Our stand-alone Master’s program remains open to new students for the fall of 2021; the application for MA programs will go online on September 20, 2020.

We thank you for your understanding, and wish you the best in all your endeavors.