Russian Graduate Program
The Master of Arts Program in Russian and Slavonic Studies offers advanced study in the culture of Russia and Eastern Europe, spanning a variety of interrelated fields literature, history, religion, philology, philosophy, and fine arts. Through two years of coursework, all students will receive training in the theory and history of Russian language and culture; beyond this, they will choose to concentrate either on literary and artistic studies, or on the socio-political disciplines.
Students may go on to careers in a number of fields, including government work and international business; they will also be prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level.
The library of the University of
Missouri is particularly strong in Russian history and literature. We are also part of a consortium that provides quick access to the holdings of many other major academic and public libraries.
Qualified graduate students may have
the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in language, literature, or culture courses. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, with a Russian major or minor and a grade point average of B or higher in the last 60 hours of study.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level courses with a grade point average of B or higher. In addition, students must demonstrate adequate language skills in English and Russian.
Incoming graduate students are offered paid positions as Teaching Assistants on a competitive basis.
Deadline for Teaching Assistantships: to be automatically eligible for a teaching assistantship, your application must be received by December 15.
Teaching assistants (TAs) are normally appointed for one academic year (two semesters / nine months). The Fall Semester runs from late August to mid-December; the Spring Semester from mid-January to mid-May. TA appointments are normally renewed for the second year of study when teaching and progress toward the degree are satisfactory. Appointments after the second year may be available in special cases, depending upon departmental needs and resources. The TA position provides a stipend of approximately $980 per month. In addition, fees for courses taken toward the MA are waived for TAs.
The Graduate School offers several valuable fellowships for which the department may nominate incoming students. In addition, if you apply by November 30, additional funding may be available (on a competitive basis). Moreover, the department offers competitive grants to support graduate students’ professional development.
Applicants to the graduate program in Russian must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent, a GPA of B or higher on the last 60 hours of the undergraduate course of study and an undergraduate major in Russian or the equivalent. Applicants must also have excellent language skills in both Russian and English. The department reserves the right to evaluate the work presented for admission and to determine how the student may make up for any background deficiencies.
There are two parts to the application process.
1. Applicants should first send an email request to the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Gene Barabtarlo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Applicants must also apply for admission to the University of Missouri Graduate School
The Graduate School requires an application fee. In some instances, the department will be able to pre-pay the admission fee for applicants. In order to determine whether an applicant is eligible for this option, the completed departmental application may be sent directly to the department in advance of application to the Graduate School.
Beginning October 1, 2013, Graduate applicants will be required to upload unofficial copies of all transcripts for their application to be considered. Please provide official transcripts to the Graduate School as soon as possible.
Transcripts: the Graduate School website allows you to upload unofficial copies of your university transcripts. You must submit official copies of your transcripts, which must be sent directly by your university to the graduate school (see addresses below) as soon as possible.
Recommendations: Recommendations from at least two instructors or school masters are required. Recommendations may be sent to:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of German and Russian Studies
451 Strickland Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia MO 65211-4170
Recommenders may choose to submit their letters of recommendation online via the Online Application system.
Application fee: The Graduate School requires an application fee.
In some instances, the department will be able to pre-pay the admission fee for applicants. In order to determine whether an applicant is eligible for this option, the completed departmental application should be sent directly to the department in advance of application to the Graduate School.
If you have any additional questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact us!