The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Slavic Languages and Literatures - PhD

Division: Humanities
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago provides a comprehensive education in the languages and cultures of Central Europe and Eastern Europe at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Well integrated with other units of this world-class university, the Department provides a thorough preparation in its core disciplines while encouraging exploration in other fields. Our particular strengths include modern Russian literature and cinema, Balkan Studies, Slavic linguistics, and West Slavic cultures (Czech and Polish).


  • Foster Hall, Room 406
  • 1130 East 59th Street
  • Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: 773.702.8033
  • Website:

Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 15

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered for financial aid.

Campus Visits

The Department does not require interviews for applicants, but admitted applicants are invited to visit the campus, sit in on classes, and meet with current students. You may contact faculty with questions but there is no expectation that you do so.

Degree Objective

The Department Slavic Languages and Literatures admits applicants only for the PhD degree, and does not offer a stand-alone MA program.  If you are interested in pursuing an MA focusing in Slavic Languages, we encourage you to explore the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH).

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. References: Three letters of reference should be included with your application.
  3. Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL scores:* GRE scores (general test only) are required of all applicants, including those with previous MAs. For information on additional examinations required of some international applications, see the Test Requirements page on the divisional website. The University's GRE code is 1832.
  4. Statement of Purpose: Applicants should carefully state their purpose in pursuing a graduate degree. This statement is given considerable weight in the final decision regarding admission.
  5. Writing Sample: Applicants should submit a sample of their scholarly writing that is between 10 and 40 pages in length.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions should be submitted with your application.
  7. Supplemental Data Form

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

Students must take 18 courses including Old Church Slavonic. They must then pass the comprehensive examination and demonstrate knowledge of both French and German. Each candidate must write an acceptable dissertation that makes an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

Costs & Financial Aid

The Dean of Students office works to assist graduate students at all stages of their studies who seek funding to support their scholarly work. Visit the Dean of Students office website for an overview on funding support for pre-dissertation research, language study, conference travel, dissertation research, and postdoctoral fellowships.