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Master of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literatures

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M.A. Degree Requirements

Prerequisites for Admission

  • 30 semester hours of credit in an appropriate Slavic language and literature (of which 12 hours must have been taken on the junior/senior level), or the equivalent of such study.

Nonthesis Degree

  1. At least 30 hours of graduate work in Slavic languages and literatures including SLAV 710 and SLAV 740, 3 courses in Slavic literature, 3 courses in Slavic linguistics, and 2 courses in either Slavic literature or linguistics. At least 1 of the literature or linguistics courses must be a graduate seminar.
  2. A written and oral examination.

Thesis Degree

  1. At least 24 hours of graduate work in Slavic languages and literatures, including SLAV 710 and SLAV 740, 3 courses in Slavic literature, and 3 courses in Slavic linguistics.
  2. A thesis for which 6 credit hours may be allowed (not to be included in the 24-hour minimum).
  3. A written and oral examination.

For students who plan to continue in the graduate program, the M.A. written and oral examination serves as a qualifying examination for advancement to Ph.D. work. For students who seek only the M.A. degree, successful completion of the M.A. written and oral examination signals the end of the program.

Students planning to work toward the Ph.D. may begin study of a second Slavic language during their M.A. work. Such study does not count toward M.A. degree requirements.

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

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