Admissions Criteria

Criteria for admission


The following criteria are guidelines for prospective applicants rather than absolute criteria; the Graduate Studies Committee takes into account many factors in deciding whether to admit candidates to the program. Note that fulfilling the criteria is not a guarantee of admission to the Department:

  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.3 (preferably higher) on a 4.0 scale, with at least 3.5 (preferably higher) in Russian and related subjects. Applicants should have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale on any previous graduate coursework.
 Students graded otherwise than on the 4.0 scale should have grades that show comparable excellence in the given system.

  • The department prefers a score of at least 156 on the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE (or 550 if the test was taken before August 2011) and 4.5 on the Writing section. The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE is also considered for applicants to the Slavic linguistics program.

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