Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Department ofGermanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Graduate Program

Slavic Graduate Program

The M.A. in Russian and Comparative Literature is offered jointly by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature. The two-year program enables students to concentrate in Russian literature at the graduate level while having the advantages of a comparative context.

We admit one student every other year. Students completing this M.A. acquire an in-depth understanding of Russian literature and culture and become proficient in Russian and another foreign language. Graduates should be prepared for service with the U.S. government or an international corporation, or to continue graduate study either in Russian or comparative literature.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 33 credits, 18 of which must be at the 500 level
  • Courses in Russian: RUS 405 (3 credits) and 12 additional credits at the 400 or 500 level
  • Courses in Comparative Literature: CMLIT 501 (3 credits) and 12 additional credits
  • Additional 3 credits in Russian, Comparative Literature, or another approved area
  • Proficiency examination in Russian
  • Demonstration of reading knowledge of one other foreign language
  • M.A. paper

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA and a minimum GPA of 3.3 in Russian, or their equivalents
  • GRE is required for students from institutions where English is the language of instruction
  • TOEFL is required for non-native speakers of English
  • Proficiency in English and Russian

Online Application Information

For further information, please contact our program director, Dr. Michael Naydan (), and the CMLIT Director of Graduate Studies, Nicolai Volland ().