This article analyzes the process of higher education transformation in Russia as a result of its accession to the Bologna process, as well as the changes caused by digitalization. Emphasis is placed on the magistracy, as this level of higher education involves in-depth training of future professionals for the needs of the digital economy. The aim of the study is to determine students’ information and communication competencies as an integral component of their competitiveness. The sociological research was carried out within the framework of the project ‘Birth of the Russian Magistracy’. The research reflects the results of the magistracy teachers’ and the master students’ survey conducted in Russian regions. It should be noted that students’ digital skills are well developed, and they are more oriented toward ‘traditional’ forms of education than distance education or on-line format. In this case, higher education is considered by students as a significant source of socialization. It should be noted that the Russian magistracy is characterized by a ‘transition’ period in solving the problems of the digital economy.
Keywords: Higher education in Russia, Bologna process, digital competence, inclusion