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Admission: Master of Science

The following rules are specific for non-Russian citizens.

The rules for 2020 are being updated, an official version will come soon. Stay tuned!

The main changes to our previous rules.

  • We now have eight (not seven) topics for the interview: Theoretical Computer Science is added and Probability Theory is updated.
  • The recommended preparation for the inverview has been updated.
  • The timeline for applying for studying on a fee-paying basis:
    • February 11, 2020: submission server opens and remains open until 23:59 May 29, 2020 (Moscow time).
    • The portfolios are evaluated within 3 weeks of the confirmation of receipt from the admissions officer.
    • Those received at least 35 points are invited for a Skype interview.
    • Within a month of the interview, the results of the interview are disclosed;
      at this point some students can be either already recommended for acceptance,
      or added to the waiting list.
    • June 22, 2020: the final results are announced.
  • The timeline for applying for studying with a fee waiver will be somewhat similar and it will be announced later.

The following rules are for the 2019 admission.

General regulations for admission to main educational programmes at St. Petersburg State University in 2019 can be found here.

There are two study schemes: positions funded by the Russian government (zero-fee positions) and positions with tuition fee (regular positions). See also:

The admission timeline

Application submission is open!

For each study scheme (zero-fee and regular), there are two waves of admission. The timelines are as follows:

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For 2019, all the deadlines have passed. See you in 2020!

Note that you can participate in the competition for the same study scheme (regular or zero-fee positions) at most once. However, you can transfer your points to a subsequent wave of a competition related to the other study scheme, because the evaluation criteria are identical. For example, you can participate in the first wave of the competition for regular positions, and then transfer your points to the second wave of the competition for zero-fee positions.

Admission procedure

A two-step admission procedure is used. First, prospective students submit their applications (motivation letter, CV, 1 or 2 reference letters, scientific essay, previous degree certificate, and, if applicable, publication list, English language certificate and other relevant certificates). After the applications are evaluated, those who pass the evaluation are invited for a Skype interview.

The submission server is the same for all the programmes at St. Petersburg State University, and it is a bit misleading. So we have prepared an instruction for you on how to submit to our programme.

Questions about this programme and admission to it are very welcome: please send an email to

math [dot] msc [at] spbu [dot] ru

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