1. The applicant selects an academic supervisor among university staff (see the list of HSE departments that the postgraduate school works with) and agrees with the supervisor on a topic. If the student has difficulty selecting an academic supervisor, the postgraduate school can help.
2. The incoming student, academic supervisor, and head of the postgraduate school then agree on the list of existing relevant publications to be submitted to the admissions committee. If no publications exist, the applicant should select a topic and write an abstract on the suggested field of study. The list of publications (or the abstract) can be agreed upon via email.
3. The academic supervisor then reviews the publications or admissions abstract. The review must reflect the relevance of the selected topic and the practical value of the expected research results. In addition, the academic supervisor must assess the academic potential of the future postgraduate student. The abstract is also to be endorsed by the head of the faculty or of the postgraduate school.
4. The applicant then submits his or her full set of documents to the Office of Postgraduate Studies.
5. The postgraduate school then interviews the applicant to assess his or her research potential and see how well the applicant’s experience, knowledge, and interests are in line with the areas of focus being developed by HSE’s departments.
6. If the applicant is admitted to the exams, he or she will take exams in foreign language, philosophy, and the specialization. The applicant will be admitted to the programme upon passing the exams.
More detailed information on the 2014 admissions guidelines can be found on the HSE postgraduate school’s website (in Russian). The 2015 admission guidelines will be announced later. At the moment the entrance examinations are held in Russian. Please contact us for more information on the enrolling in the programme if you do not speak Russian.
We recommend taking a look at the full-time advanced postgraduate programme.