Graduate Programs

The Slavic Department at UW-Madison has the following programs available for graduate students:

Other related programs are available in collaboration with or independently of the Slavic Department:

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the nation's leading doctoral programs, and welcomes students with a BA/BS or MA who are interested in all areas of Russian and comparative Slavic prose, poetry, drama and philosophy.   Our curriculum offers breadth and depth in a variety of areas of Slavic philology, literature, and culture.   Our focus at the doctoral level is on Russian literature, and we are currently unable to accept students seeking a Ph.D. specifically in Slavic linguistics, and only occasionally in a non-Russian Slavic literature.   (Please contact the Slavic Department for further information.)   Students seeking a terminal masters degree should investigate the MA program through the Center for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CREECA).

Graduate students must demonstrate proficiency in Russian by the beginning of their fifth semester in our program.

Students typically take courses for three years and sit for written and oral preliminary examinations in their fourth year, after which they begin to write their dissertations.   An MA is conferred after three or four semesters of coursework, when all master's requirements are fulfilled.   Courses included an introduction to literary theory and a methods course in the teaching of Slavic languages.   A minor is required for all UW-Madison PhD candidates.    Slavic students must pass a prelim in a non-Russian Slavic literature, and many choose to minor in a non-Russian Slavic language.   Other popular minors include English, History, Communication Arts, Second Language Acquisition, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, Folklore, Religious Studies, etc.   The Department also requires evidence of reading knowledge of French or German before attaining dissertator status.

Most students receive funding for multiple years in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships or project assistantships.   These positions include a stipend as well as tuition remission and a generous health plan. Additional hourly employment is also often available.

The department has a thriving undergraduate program in Slavic languages with strong enrollments in Russian that provides opportunities for teaching experience.   Students also have an opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant in a literature and intensive writing course. The UW-Madison Center for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CREECA) is a Title VI National Language Resource Center and provides funding for cultural opportunities on campus, as well as student scholarships (like FLAS fellowships) and other professional development opportunities.

After graduation, our PhD students accept positions both outside and within academia, at research as well as teaching institutions, and in other professional venues where advanced analytic, communication, and intercultural skills are required.