Graduate Application Procedures
Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D Program in Slavic Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. Applicants are expected to meet two sets of requirements for admission: those of the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures and of the Rackham Graduate School. Applications are due by January 15th for the subsequent fall semester.
Rackham's Requirements: View them here
- All applicants must have a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report from either the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS), or the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures Requirements:
- We strongly encourage applicants who are native speakers of English to take GRE. This test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). A strong GRE score can make your application stand out from the rest;
- The TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers. International students who have obtained a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English are exempt from the TOEFL;
- Three letters of recommendation which evaluate the applicant’s past academic performance and potential for graduate study.
- A statement of purpose (written in English) - this is the most important item in your application. The purpose of this essay is to give the faculty a clear idea of a) why you want to pursue a career in Slavic Studies; b) what questions or problems interest you; c) how you want to address these questions; d) your interdisciplinary interest(s), if applicable; and e) why you want to pursue your graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This statement should be about two pages long.
- A writing sample (10-20 pages, double spaced), ideally an interpretive/analytical essay in English or a Slavic language which can provide evidence of creative and critical thinking, quality of writing, and research potential
How To Apply:
To apply to our program you will need to submit your application to the Rackham Graduate School. For your convenience, the Rackham Application Checklist will assist you in completing the steps in the application process. In addition to following the steps identified in the Checklist, follow the instructions that appear throughout the application. Please note that there are differences in requirements for domestic and international applicants. Following the instructions will allow the processing of your application to be handled with minimal delays.
The checklist may be found on this page: www.rackham.umich.edu/downloads/admissions/application-checklist.pdf
As well as applying through Rackham Graduate School, all U.S. citizens are required to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) to be considered for admission. Application materials are available through the International Institute at: http://ii.umich.edu/ii/flas