For the MA, students must earn 36 hours of graduate credit with a B average or better in courses numbered 1000 or above. At least half of these credits must be in courses numbered 2000 or above. All MA students are required to complete RUSS 2110 - INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LITERATURE 1, RUSS 2210 - STRUCTURE OF RUSSIAN, and RUSS 2230 - HISTORICAL GRAMMAR. Courses are chosen in consultation between the student and DGS and are subject to approval by the latter. The remainder of student coursework is used to develop competence in Russian literature and culture or in an approved second area (see below). MA candidates must also demonstrate a reading knowledge of either French or German before taking the MA comprehensive exam.
The MA comprehensive exam covers material from a reading list. For examination procedures see http://www.slavic.pitt.edu/graduate/examinations.