Application Procedures

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Application Procedures


The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures welcomes applications from both domestic and international students*.

Prospective students who hold only a B.A. (or equivalent) should apply to the M.A. program, even if the ultimate goal is to pursue a Ph.D. It is generally expected that students will move into the Ph.D. program after successful completion of the M.A. For students who enter at the M.A. level, the expected time to degree (M.A. + Ph.D.) is five or six years.

Prospective students who hold an M.A. that is equivalent to the M.A. offered by our department should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. For students who enter at the Ph.D. level, the expected time to degree is three or four years.

Application deadline for students requesting fellowship consideration and priority department funding: December 31, 2019

Application materials


A complete application consists of the following materials submitted by the above deadline:

  • A completed Ohio State University Graduate School Admission application form (Graduate Admission Application Portal);

  • Transcripts for all previous post-secondary academic work; Please upload color copies of transcripts and make sure that they are readable before you submit them;

  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Official GRE  test scores must be sent electronically directly from the testing center;

  • Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Official TOEFL/MELAB test scores must be sent electronically directly from the testing center (international applicants only);

  • A statement of intent in English;

  • A curriculum vitae;

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant's scholastic ability (preferably professors or other college instructors). In accordance with Graduate School policy, letters of recommendation must be received directly from the letter writer. At least one of these letters must provide a detailed evaluation of the applicant's knowledge of Russian based on recent knowledge;

  • A sample of academic writing in English (typically, an essay or term paper written as an undergraduate or MA student, preferably on a subject related to Russian or Slavic studies).

*Non-native speakers of Russian are expected to enroll with a minimum of "advanced" proficiency in Russian language.