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Graduate Slavic Degrees

Prerequisites to Admission to Doctoral Study

Students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in Slavic Languages & Literatures should meet the following prerequisites:

Meet all requirements set by the Graduate School for admission to graduate study as outlined in the KU Graduate Catalog; these include a 3.0 GPA and a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;

Complete the equivalent of an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Be prepared to submit GRE scores no older than five years (for applicants from American institutions);

Be prepared to submit recent TOEFL scores (for applicants from foreign institutions; see KU's Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

For students who do not meet prerequisites:

Students who have studied in appropriate fields and/or gained appropriate in-country experience with language skills, but who lack sufficient prerequisites, may consider applying to KU Graduate Studies and the Department as non-degree-seeking students in order to make up any gaps in the Department. After meeting the prerequisities with a 3.0 GPA or better, such students may then apply for admission to SLL graduate degree programs.

Consult with the Department's Director of Graduate Studies before beginning any remedial work.

Application for Slavic Graduate Study

KU SLL accepts applications for graduate study year-round. Students may begin our graduate program in either the fall or spring semester. Applications asking for financial support, however, have a 1 January deadline for August matriculation. Our Graduate Faculty finalizes GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistantship) decisions by 1 March or shortly therafter. Please indicate in your letter of intent or in the on-line application form that you wish to be considered for a GTA position.

Submit an application to the Office Graduate Admissions. Go to the Graduate Application and follow the instructions. The link takes you step by step through the entire institutional application process.

Please be aware that:

In order to complete your on-line application to KU SLL, you will need to prepare the following items for upload:

  1. A. GRE scores, if you are a North American applicant. While you may enter your scores on the general data sheet, confirmation of scores will need to come from GRE: KU's GRE institutional code is 6871. International applicants do not need to submit GRE scores. B. TOEFL scores, if you are an international student and a non-native speaker of English who has not gone through the American or Canadian public education system. See the TOEFL information at the International Programs website. International students must meet the minimum requirement for "regular" admission (all part scores at least 53 on the paper TOEFL; see the chart at this link for other equivalents). KU's TOEFL institutional code is 6871;
  2. a letter of intent (this statement should provide the graduate faculty with a sense of what you hope to encounter in the graduate school experience, your general research interests at this point in your career, what skills you most need to work on, and what shape you think your career might take--in the academy or outside of it);
  3. a short essay in the target language you intend to study (Russian, Polish, or Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian);
  4. a sample research paper from one of your courses, preferably on a relevant topic (to demonstrate your writing skills and basic research capacity);
  5. the names and contact information of three references (who will be contacted for letters of recommendation directly by KU). Please alert your referees;
  6. transcripts from all institutions attended (these may come electronically or by mail);
  7. general information about your applications for funding.

We encourage you to look at the faculty page and see which faculty members do research or teach in your areas of interest.

The Department cannot complete the processing of your portfolio until you have submitted a completed institutional application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

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KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad