Priority Deadline for Ph.D. Applicants

Applicants who wish to start graduate studies in the fall semester should apply by December 1 to receive priority consideration for fellowship funding.

Funding for graduate study at USC is generous but competitive, and deadlines for application matter. We continue to accept applications through March for the following fall semester, but the chance receiving funding diminishes significantly after January. Our financial support is intended to fund the entire course of PhD study (see Financial Support) and we admit only those students whom we are able to fund.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate major in Russian or its equivalent is a prerequisite for graduate work in the Slavic department. It is generally expected that the undergraduate major will have included four language and four literature courses at the upper division level. If your background does not include this training, please be aware that, if you are accepted into the graduate program, you may be required to do supplemental study in addition to graduate course work.

Funding decisions are usually made from January through mid-April.

Application Checklist

All applications for admission to graduate study at the University of Southern California are received and processed by the University's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Please visit the University's Office of Graduate Admissions web site at

You will need:

  1. The application form, filled out on line at Graduate Admissions website.
  2. The university application fee of $85.
  3. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) results. GRE should send your scores directly to USC Graduate Admissions.  Although there is no mandated minimum score for admission, the exam is required for all applicants.
  4. Undergraduate and (where applicable) previous graduate transcripts; these should be mailed to USC's Office of Graduate Admissions. International students should also send an English translation of their transcripts 
  5.  Three letters of recommendation. These need to be uploaded by each recommender individually.

In addition, send the following to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, THH 255, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353

       6.  A writing sample or samples, in English and/or in Russian (e.g., a paper you wrote for an advanced undergraduate course).
       7.  A 1-2 page statement of interest. This should describe your scholarly interests, how our program fits in with these interests, and your future academic and professional plans.

When Will I Hear From USC?

Funding decisions are usually made from late January through March. We will let you know as soon as a decision has been made in your case.

If you have any questions...

Please write, call, or e-mail us at:

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Southern California
Taper Hall of the Humanities 255
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353
Phone: (213) 740-2735
Fax: (213) 740-8550

What's New

James "Frank" Goodwin (USC PHD 2001) has received tenure in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Culture at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Way to go, Frank!

  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • University of Southern California
  • College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Taper Hall 255
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353