GSLL students

Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant if you need any assistance with the application or have any questions about the application process:  Karen Hawley,, (303) 492-3529.

Online Application

Deadline for completed applications for fall admission is January 15.*****

Applicants to the MA should demonstrate proficiency equivalent to Intermediate High on the ACTFL rating scale for speaking, writing, listening, and reading (this is roughly equivalent to completion of third-year college Russian with a B average). Applicants may demonstrate this proficiency with a letter of recommendation from someone (preferably an instructor) familiar with their current language abilities as well as college transcripts AND/OR official results from a recent ACTFL/LTI test. Applicants demonstrating their proficiency with test results should include official results for either the OPI or OPIc as well as the LPT, WPT, and RPT. During the review of applications, the admissions committee may also contact applicants to schedule a phone interview in Russian

Applicants to the MA must hold a BA at the time of application or demonstrate that they will hold a BA by the time they enter the MA program. Current CU students who have not completed their BA and are interested in the MA should consider instead the BAM program, which enables students to begin working toward the MA while still completing their BA.

Applications for the MA in Russian should be submitted online and should contain the materials listed below:

  • Application fee (Application Fee Waiver)
  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages)
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application.  This includes community colleges, summer sessions, study abroad programs, and extension programs).*
  • Three letters of recommendation (You will enter your recommenders’ contact information into the online application system. Once you submit your application, emails will go out to your recommenders asking them to upload a letter of recommendation to your application.)
  • Research Paper**
  • GRE scores are not required and will not be considered when evaluating applications
  • TOEFL (required for international students):  For minimum TOEFL scores, see the Graduate School English Proficiency website, under “all others” category. For fall 2021, CU will be accepting the online version of TOEFL offered by ETS through Proctor U and will accept English language proficiency demonstrated through Duolingo. A minimum score of 100 (on the 160 point scale) is required for Duolingo. To report your official DuoLingo scores, please click ‘Send Results’ from inside the application, and then choose, ‘University of Colorado Boulder – Undergraduate.’
  • Teaching Assistantship application***

Graduate School Application FAQs

*For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. Graduate Admissions requires one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, study abroad programs, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancelation of your admission or dismissal from the university.  If you are admitted and accept, you will then need to provide official transcripts from each university attended. Official transcripts should be emailed directly from the university to or sent to the address below

**It is recommended that applicants submit a sample research paper of no more than 30 pages in length. The paper may be in English or Russian, and applicants should submit what they consider to be their best piece of academic writing. The paper serves not as a language evaluation, but as a sample of the applicant’s critical thinking ability, so in most cases applicants whose native language is English should submit a paper in English.

***Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis for qualified students pursuing full-time graduate studies. Teaching assistants normally teach recitations for a Russian literature/culture course.  Each full-time teaching assistant receives a tuition waiver for up to eighteen credit hours each semester plus a monthly stipend (stipend is appox. $2,100 per month for nine months). Renewal of the assistantship is not automatic. GSLL prides itself on excellent teaching and expects no less from its Teaching Assistants; however, every graduate student must remember that his/her primary responsibility is to do the best possible work toward the degree. Applicants interesting in applying for a Teaching Assistantship should fill out GSLL's Teaching Assistantship application.  (Please upload completed TA application to your Russian MA online application or email to

*****The deadline for completed applications for fall admission is January 15. Late applications and applications for spring admission may be accepted, with permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.  Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant or Director of Graduate Studies with inquires about late applications. All applications should be submitted online. Supporting materials should be submitted to CU's Graduate Admissions department.

Supporting materials for domestic applications should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado at Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Rm A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

Supporting materials for international applications should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions/International
University of Colorado at Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Rm A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065

If you have any questions, you may contact us at or by phone (303) 492-3529 or you can contact the Director of Russian Graduate Studies.

The University of Colorado at Boulder is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed, religion or veteran status.

Note to current students who have an official transcript hold on their registration: during the first semester of your studies at CU, you will need to submit any missing official transcripts on your record (to see what is missing, go to MyCUInfo, click on the "To Do" box on the right hand side).  If your university will send official transcripts, have the university send the transcripts directly to admissions (addresses above).  If your university does not send out official transcripts, bring your original transcript to Admissions (first floor of Regent Hall), and have them make an official copy for Graduate Admissions (make sure they give you back your official transcript).