Moscow State University: Statistics



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#159 of 14,131 In the World
#51 of 2,785 In Europe
#1 of 385 In Russia
#1 of 67 In Moscow
#23 of 2,119 For Theoretical Physics
Top100 For 24 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate12%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Attestat o srednem obrazovanii) and entrance examination. Pregraduate course certificate for foreign students
Academic CalendarSeptember to July (September - January; February-July)

We've calculated the 12% acceptance rate for Moscow State University based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

Moscow State University is a world-class research university with 152,052 scientific papers published and 1,709,555 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Quantum and Particle physics, Biology, Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, and Computer Science.


Moscow State University majors

by publication & citation count

106,674 / 1,256,768
100,142 / 1,294,571
93,877 / 1,088,957
Quantum and Particle physics
85,485 / 1,010,458
81,145 / 1,058,533
Organic Chemistry
65,998 / 854,924
Materials Science
61,459 / 742,150
Environmental Science
61,362 / 666,055
43,828 / 676,555
Computer Science
40,612 / 463,935
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
38,152 / 338,695
38,004 / 414,451
Optical Engineering
36,425 / 439,591
33,411 / 505,991
32,780 / 408,973
Geography and Cartography
26,959 / 277,247
Metallurgical Engineering
26,468 / 319,049
24,672 / 278,217
22,733 / 261,540
Nuclear Physics
22,676 / 287,965
Astrophysics and Astronomy
20,441 / 274,964
20,395 / 139,912
18,896 / 175,445
Electrical Engineering
18,691 / 222,940
Physical chemistry
18,498 / 248,850
Chemical Engineering
16,339 / 221,513
Condensed Matter Physics
15,215 / 190,199
15,177 / 154,366
14,215 / 204,530
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
13,271 / 113,928
Political Science
13,043 / 75,779
13,028 / 134,885
12,830 / 124,746
12,247 / 74,490
12,012 / 76,411
Atomic and Molecular physics
11,743 / 141,935
11,591 / 72,060
11,430 / 162,006
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
11,352 / 129,764
11,312 / 120,059

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 940 4318
1992 933 5106
1993 962 5259
1994 1143 6438
1995 1177 7167
1996 1549 7691
1997 1625 7990
1998 1860 9501
1999 2029 11286
2000 2478 12393
2001 2721 14277
2002 2932 15953
2003 2926 19002
2004 2814 21568
2005 3083 25612
2006 3610 29203
2007 3957 32513
2008 3951 35407
2009 4129 38917
2010 4254 41810
2011 4362 47438
2012 4445 54069
2013 4857 60364
2014 4928 65584
2015 5732 72386
2016 6446 80530
2017 6675 88035
2018 7700 99604
2019 9066 115114
2020 9581 135425
2021 10049 157351
2022 9635 160523
2023 8343 162270
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Moscow State University gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Faculty Tuition Cost (per year)
Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Physics 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Chemistry 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Biology 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Computer Science 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Economics 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Law 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Journalism 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Psychology 350,000 RUB
Faculty of Sociology 350,000 RUB

The currency used is Russian Ruble (RUB).

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Moscow State University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bakalavr Administration, Advertising and Publicity, African Studies, Applied Linguistics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Cinema and Television, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Management, Fine Arts, Geography, Geology, Human Resources, International Relations and Diplomacy, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Management, Mathematics, Meteorology, Philology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Radiophysics, Regional Studies, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Soil Science, Surveying and Mapping, Tourism
Diplom Spetsialista Astronomy and Space Science, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Cinema and Television, Clinical Psychology, Mathematics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology, Special Education, Translation and Interpretation
Magistr Accountancy, Advertising and Publicity, African Studies, American Studies, Applied Chemistry, Applied Linguistics, Applied Mathematics, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Law, Classical Languages, Clinical Psychology, Commercial Law, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Cultural Studies, Eastern European Studies, Ecology, Economics, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Entomology, Environmental Management, Ethnology, European Studies, Experimental Psychology, Finance, Foreign Languages Education, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Histology, History, Immunology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inorganic Chemistry, International Law, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marine Science and Oceanography, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Meteorology, Microbiology, Nuclear Physics, Organic Chemistry, Petrology, Philology, Philosophy, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Plant Pathology, Political Sciences, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Seismology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Soil Science, Surveying and Mapping, Tourism, Translation and Interpretation, Zoology
Kandidat Nauk Agriculture, Anaesthesiology, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Fine Arts, History, Information Technology, Law, Literature, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pedagogy, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Sociology, Surgery, Urology

Moscow State University alumni

  1. Mikhail Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    1931-2022 (aged 91)
    Enrolled in Moscow State University
    Studied in 1955

    Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was a Soviet and Russian politician who served as the last leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to the country's dissolution in 1991. He served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 and additionally as head of state beginning in 1988, as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1988 to 1989, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 1989 to 1990 and the only President of the Soviet Union from 1990 to 1991. Ideologically, Gorbachev initially adhered to Marxism–Leninism but moved towards social democracy by the early 1990s.

  2. Anton Chekhov

    Anton Chekhov
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    1860-1904 (aged 44)
    writerprose writerplaywrightsatiristjournalist

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian playwright and physician who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time. His career as a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre. Chekhov was a physician by profession. "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

  3. Vladimir Zhirinovsky

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky
    Born in
    Kazakhstan Flag Kazakhstan
    1946-2022 (aged 76)
    Enrolled in Moscow State University
    Studied in 1972-1977
    military personnelpoliticianlawyer

    Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky was a Russian right-wing populist politician and the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) from its creation in 1992 until his death. He had been a member of the State Duma since 1993 and leader of the LDPR group in the State Duma from 1993 to 2000, and from 2011 to 2022.

  4. Wassily Kandinsky

    Wassily Kandinsky
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    1866-1944 (aged 78)
    Enrolled in Moscow State University
    Studied law and economics
    printmakerarchitectural draftspersondesignerlawyerillustrator

    Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was a Russian painter and art theorist. Kandinsky is generally credited as one of the pioneers of abstraction in western art. Born in Moscow, he spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated from Odessa Art School. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession, he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat (today Tartu, Estonia). Kandinsky began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.

All 100 notable alumni

Moscow State University faculties and divisions

Campus Abroad : Astana, Kazakhstan Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Mathematics, Philology
Campus Abroad : Baku, Azerbaijan Chemistry, Economics, Management, Mathematics, Philology, Psychology
Campus Abroad : Dushanbe, Tajikistan Administration, Chemistry, Geology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Linguistics, Mathematics and Computer Science
Campus Abroad : Tashkent, Uzbekistan Mathematics, Psychology
Campus Abroad : Yerevan, Armenia Economics, International Relations and Diplomacy, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics and Computer Science
Faculty : Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Bioengineering, Information Technology
Faculty : Biology Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Botany
Faculty : Biotechnology Biotechnology
Faculty : Chemistry Chemistry
Faculty : Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics Electronics and Automation, Mathematics and Computer Science
Faculty : Cosmic Research Astronomy and Space Science
Faculty : Economics Economics, Statistics
Faculty : Educational Sciences Pedagogy, Special Education
Faculty : Fine and Performing Arts Dance, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre
Faculty : Foreign Languages and Regional Studies European Languages, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Slavic Languages, Translation and Interpretation
Faculty : Fundamental Medicine Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pharmacology, Surgery, Urology
Faculty : Fundamental Physical and Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering, Physical Engineering
Faculty : Geography Geography
Faculty : Geology Geology
Faculty : Global Studies European Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy
Faculty : History Ancient Civilizations, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages, Eastern European Studies, History, Medieval Studies, Modern Languages
Faculty : Journalism Journalism, Media Studies, Publishing and Book Trade, Radio and Television Broadcasting
Faculty : Law Criminology, Law
Faculty : Materials Science Materials Engineering
Faculty : Mechanics and Mathematics Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mechanics
Faculty : Philology Classical Languages, Folklore, Germanic Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Philology, Romance Languages, Russian, Slavic Languages
Faculty : Philosophy Logic, Philosophy, Political Sciences
Faculty : Physics Astrophysics, Electronic Engineering, Geophysics, Nuclear Physics, Physics, Radiophysics
Faculty : Political Science Political Sciences
Faculty : Psychology Pedagogy, Psychology
Faculty : Public Administration Economics, Government, Management, Philosophy
Faculty : Sociology Political Sciences, Sociology
Faculty : Soil Science Soil Science
Faculty : World Politics International Relations and Diplomacy, Political Sciences
Graduate School : Innovative Business Business Administration
Graduate School : Management and Innovation Management
Graduate School : Public Administration Administration, Public Administration
Institute : Asian and African Studies African Studies, Asian Studies
School : Business Administration Business Administration
School : Contemporary Social Sciences Social Sciences
School : Moscow School of Economics Economics
School : Television Cinema and Television
School : Translation and Interpretation Modern Languages, Translation and Interpretation

General information

Alternative names MSU
Московский государственный университет
Founded 1755
Accreditation Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science (Rosobrnadzor)
Motto Scientia est clara cognitio veritatis, illustratio mentis

Location and contacts

Address Leninskie Gory
Moskva, 119992
City population 12,456,000

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