MSU Educational System

Duration of Study

  • Bachelor’s degree 4 years — 240 credits
  • Master’s degree 2 years — 120 credits
  • Specialist degree 6 years — 360 credits
  • Post graduate studies:
    • Candidate degree
    • Doctor of Science degree

Mode of Study

  • Full-time
  • Mixture of full-time and part-time

Exchange students (1 semester — 30 credits / 1 year — 60 credits)

Grading system

University grading system is based on a 5-point scale, which is traditional for Russian educational system.

Graduation Requirements

Bachelor’s and Specialist Programs: graduation state exams and a graduate thesis or project.

Master’s Programs: research work and a Master’s dissertation.

Postgraduate Studies: academic degrees are awarded upon public presentation of the dissertation. The results of research work of a postgraduate student must be published in scientific journals. For a Doctor of Science degree, research results must be published in monographs.


MSU campus is located on 292 thousand square meters-with about 15 thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students, interns and course participants living in 7 dormitories with a selection of single, double, triple or quad rooms.

International full-time students are eligible to apply for on-campus accommodations. The accommodations would be provided if space permits.

Exchange students are eligible to apply for on-campus accommodations in accordance with bilateral agreement. The accommodations would be provided if space permits.

Disability policy

Disability is defined as: physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental limitation of a person’s functional capacity, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime.

MSU has a strong record of admitting and supporting students with disabilities and does its best to ensure equal access and full participation for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities in all programs and activities at MSU.

Students with disabilities should have a medical certificate to indicate their condition, eligibility of activity and prescribed medical care and recreational activities.


Students who show that their disabilities affect participation in an entrance exam are eligible to take those exams with accommodations.

Location and accessibility

All campuses (classrooms, living accomodations, laboratories, etc) provide accommodations for students and teachers with disabilities.

Insurance information

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