Russian Graduate Studies

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Russian and Slavic Studies offers graduate instruction at both the MA and PhD levels. Our faculty specialize in 19th and 20th century Russian literature and culture, working in such areas as the Russian Novel, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Russian Modernism, Russian Romanticism, High Stalinist Culture, Post-Soviet culture, cultural mythology, intertextuality, and women's studies. We offer a broad and flexible range of graduate seminars and our small but dynamic program allows for a great deal of personal attention, an atmosphere of collegiality, and a close-knit intellectual community.

McGill University is world renowned for its academic rigour and scholarly achievements. Located in Montreal, a cosmopolitan and vibrant city, it provides a fascinating intellectual and cultural setting for serious graduate studies.

The Department offers graduate instruction (seminar and guided independent reading courses) as well as research and thesis supervision in the fields of Russian culture and literature. Particular emphasis is laid on working with the original language; practicum courses may be allotted, at the discretion of the Department, to course work leading to advanced proficiency in this area.

Please direct all questions concerning the program of study to the Graduate Program director: laura.beraha [at] (Laura Beraha)



Program Information

Master of Arts - Russian Studies (Thesis)

Master of Arts (M.A.) Russian (Thesis) (45 Credits)

Doctor of Philosophy -Russian Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Russian

Preparing to Apply

Applicants to Russian Studies should have a high standing in Honours Russian. Further, the Department must be convinced that the candidate for admission has an aptitude for research work and will be able to make an original contribution to knowledge. Any necessary preparation to fulfill these requirements will be offered within the Department or elsewhere at McGill. Certain graduate courses may be taken by arrangement at approved universities.

Detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see:



Please note that incomplete applications (including letters of recommendation, testing scores (TOEFL, IELTS), transcripts, sample(s) of written work) by the application deadline will not be considered.

Note: Ph.D. students are only considered for Fall admission

For Fall Admission:  January 6 (Canadian/Permanent Resident/International).

For Winter Admission:  September 15 (Canadian/Permanent Resident)

For Winter Admission:  August 1 (International).

Special/Exchange/Visiting:  As above.

Application and Required Documents:

Should you decide to formally apply, all supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. 

Complete instructions


  • Online application form.
  • Application fee.  You must pay a  non-refundable fee or your application will not be processed.
  • All university transcripts. Those transcripts not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified English or French translation (prepared by a licensed translator).
  • Research proposal. Applicants are requested to send a brief statement of their interests and the areas they wish to study within the Department (1 to 3 pages).
  • Two letters of recommendation. Those letters not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified English or French translation (prepared by a licensed translator). On the application form you must provide the names and email addresses of at least two professors who are familiar with your academic work. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf. Please note that although you can list public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail on the application form, references uploaded from these addresses will not be accepted by the Department. Therefore you must list a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address for your referees.
  • One or two samples of written work (in PDF format). This can be in the form of a graded paper, a chapter from a thesis, or an academic article.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for non-native English applicants. This is a requirement of all students applying whose native language is other than English. Results must be on file by application deadline – Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies no longer process applications without official results. Minimum score of 575 or 231 computer based scale. Please note that permanent residents may be required to submit a TOEFL score. IELTS scores are also acceptable: a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).
  • Interview, where appropriate, if necessary by telephone, with members of the Department Graduate Committee (The Graduate Committee of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Russian and Slavic Studies consists of all faculty members of the Department and, where appropriate, scholars invited from related fields). 

Contact Information:

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
McGill University
680 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 2M7

info.llcu [at] (Email)
Phone: (514) 398-3650

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