What will I learn?

This program is intended for graduate students who are primarily interested in working as translators and leads only to the free-standing M.A. degree. It does not lead toward a doctorate. The program is normally completed in two or three semesters.

Educational goals:
Students will:

  • Achieve a high level of language proficiency in Russian language;
  • Learn practical skills required for the successful completion of independent translation projects;
  • Build a solid foundation in the Russian literary tradition and culture.


1) Coursework: 30 points (eight courses) at the graduate level (numbered 4000 and above) in Russian language, literature, history, and culture, or other relevant disciplines. Up to eight points (two courses) may be taken for R credit. The following courses are required for a letter grade:

  • Practical Stylistics (RUSS GU4434)
  • Literary Translation (RUSS GU4910).
  • One Directed Research course for the completion of the translation project.

All courses required for the M.A. are to be selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Three of the elective courses may be taken for R (registration) credit; all other courses should be taken for a letter grade.

2) M.A. Translation Project: All students are required to complete an individual translation project (translation and introduction), begun in the Literary Translation course and completed in a Directed Research course. A bound copy of the finished translation should be submitted to the department office.

Which department am I in?

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Two or three semesters)

Tuition fees
US$58,764.00 per year
USD $29,382 Per Semester
Start date

Expected September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must have the equivalent of the U.S. baccalaureate degree with a superior examination record and can understand rapid idiomatic English and can speak, write and read English with a high degree of facility are eligible for admission.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 600 on paper-and-pencil test, 100 on the internet-based test and IELTS score of 7.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.