Information for Graduate Applicants to the M.A./Ph.D program in Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a PhD that includes the MA Degree as a required step toward the PhD. The program encourages interdisciplinary work in training future scholars in Slavic Studies and it prepares students to be competitive on the national job market.

The graduate faculty’s scholarly expertise allows students to develop a foundation in Russian with special emphasis on culture and cinema from the Enlightenment to the present. The graduate curriculum challenges students to develop their own research questions informed by theoretical paradigms that have emerged over recent years across the humanities and social sciences.

Together with the curriculum, the scholarly profile of the department provides a framework to develop a solid knowledge of the cultural trajectory of the Russian-speaking world; analytic-conceptual skills for critical engagement with formalist, structuralist, and postmodern theoretical models; and writing skills necessary in the field of Russian cultural studies.

The department hosts a weeklong annual Russian Film Symposium invites internationally known scholars, journalists, critics, to campus to participate in discussion and share their research, supporting a lively and collegial intellectual environment beyond the classroom setting. In addition to their degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures, our students are required to pursue a certificate or related area in programs such as Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Gender, Sexualilty, and Women's Studies , East European Studies, or in another related area.

Our goal as faculty mentors is to facilitate the  transition for our students from the classroom to independent scholarship in the academy. We welcome you to join us in this project.


(Complete applications are due on January 15);

Applications to our graduate program should be completed here.

Requirements include:

  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL for non-native speakers of English
  • academic writing sample
  • transcripts from all universities and colleges attended

Mailing address for transcripts and any other materials not included in the electronic application:

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Graduate Program
1417 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
phone: 412-624-5906 

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