Indiana University Bloomington

Information for Prospective Students

University Graduate School Admissions Information

For consideration for acceptance into our graduate program we require the following:

  1. Completed Online Application Form.
  2. Statement of Purpose.
  3. GRE scores (Graduate Record Exam) – Institutional code: 1324, department code 2606.
  4. TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – For International Applicants Only.
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation.
  6. Transcripts.
  7. Writing Sample.

Deadline Information

  • Domestic applicants: January 15th
  • International applicants: December 1st

Admission Requirements for the M.A.

  • GRE General Test
  • Knowledge of Russian language adequate for graduate study, as determined by a proficiency exam based on the department's fourth-year course.
  • General acquaintance with the major works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature equivalent to at least the materials covered in a two-semester undergraduate survey course.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts for Teachers Degree

This program trains graduate students to teach Russian at the secondary and postsecondary levels and prepares them to engage in second language acquisition research. Applicants should have a knowledge of the Russian language sufficient for graduate study (a minimum of three years is acceptable, but four is preferred). A broad, solid undergraduate program in the liberal arts is strongly recommended. New students must take a proficiency examination in Russian before registering, and those whose performance is below the expected level will be required to take appropriate courses in Russian until their proficiency reaches the level required of B.A. candidates in the department.

Admission Requirements for the PhD Degree Plan A: Russian Literature

Doctoral admission exam: A doctoral admission examination based on the Indiana University M.A. degree in Slavic languages and literatures under Track 1 (Russian literature.) Students holding an M.A. in Slavic languages and literatures from another institution will be required, at the discretion of the department, to pass this examination no later than their second semester in attendance at Indiana University.

Admission Requirements for the PhD Degree Plan B: Slavic Linguistics

Doctoral admission exam: A doctoral admission examination based on the Indiana University M.A. degree in Slavic languages and literatures under Track 2 (Slavic linguistics). At the discretion of the department and based on the student's M.A. -level work, this exam may be waived.

Deficiencies

  • Students enrolling with a deficiency in Russian language study are encouraged to enroll in the Summer Workshop (SWSEEL) or equivalent summer program in order to remove the deficiency. Students who enter the program without adequate preparation will be required to make up the deficiency in undergraduate classes. Courses taken to satisfy deficiency requirements will not carry graduate credit and will lie outside of the 30 credit hours required for the M.A. degree.
  • Students with a deficiency in Russian literature may take the departmental undergraduate survey courses (R263-R264) without credit.