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Requirements for the M.A. Degree

The M.A. degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work. The University of Kansas operates on the semester system; most graduate courses are thus 15 weeks long and provide three credit hours toward degree. See prerequisites for admission to graduate study.

In Slavic Languages and Literatures, the M.A. degree may either serve as a gateway to Ph.D. work or as a stand-alone terminal degree. 


M.A. students successfully complete the following set of courses for 30 credit hours*:

  • SLAV 710: Introduction to Slavic Languages and Linguistics;
  • SLAV 824: Proseminar Method Teaching Slavic Language;
  • A minimum of three course electives in Slavic literature;
  • A minimum of three course electives in Slavic linguistics;
  • Two additional course electives in either Slavic literature or linguistics;
  • At least one elective must be a graduate seminar.

Download the MA curriculum (PDF).

*At least 50% of coursework for the master’s degree must be taken at the 700 level or above. 


After completing the minimum 30 hours, students undertake either:

  1. terminal M.A. written and oral exams, after which they conclude their graduate studies and move on to their chosen professional fields, or
  2. M.A./Ph.D. Qualifying written and oral exams that will allow them to continue on to Ph.D. work in either the Russian Literature or the Slavic Linguistics track.

Students who enter the KU graduate program with an M.A. degree from another institution must take the M.A./Ph.D. Qualifying exam as soon as they feel ready, but no later than the second semester of their enrollment.

Students completing the M.A. degree without intent to continue to Ph.D. work have the opportunity, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, to adjust their program to meet specific career goals.

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