5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Master of Arts   Required for the degree are 30 credits of course work at the 500 level or above (3 of these credits may be for an M.A. thesis course), the passing of a proficiency examination in Russian, the passing of a comprehensive examination, and the passing of a reading examination in French or German. Students choosing the contemporary Russian studies option must write a thesis (a thesis defense will replace the comprehensive examination), while for students choosing the Russian literature or Slavic linguistics option, a thesis is optional. However, students who intend to apply for the Ph.D. program or who are considering such an application are strongly urged to select the thesis option, since admission into our Ph.D. program requires the completion of a satisfactory M.A thesis or its equivalent. (Students should note that thesis courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters only.)

Doctor of Philosophy   Candidates must receive formal permission from the department before undertaking a course of studies leading to the award of the Ph.D. degree. In addition to the general University requirements for the Ph.D. degree, candidates must satisfy the following department requirements: complete no fewer than 54 credits of graduate level courses; demonstrate a reading knowledge of both French and German; demonstrate a reading knowledge of one or two additional Slavic languages, depending on the major field chosen; pass a qualifying examination and a written and oral comprehensive examination after completing course work and before undertaking the dissertation; submit and defend a dissertation proposal. Further details about additional requirements are available in the department.


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