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The Master's Degree Program in German

As of February 2020: For information concerning application, please contact the Graduate Program Liason or German Faculty

To be considered for admission to the MA program in German a student must:

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in German, or equivalent hours in the major.
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  • Have taken one college-level course in European history.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in another field and a 3.0 grade point average may be admitted to the graduate program provided they fulfill the undergraduate requirements for a B.A. in that field after enrollment. Applicants who hold a B.A. in German but do not have the requisite 3.0 grade point average may be admitted on probation for one semester, provided they have at least a 2.75 grade point average.


Students in the non-thesis program must complete thirty-two hours of acceptable graduate-level course work (including the courses specifically required) and receive a passing grade on the final comprehensive examination.


Requirements for the thesis program are twenty-four hours of acceptable graduate level course work, and a thesis for which a maximum of six credit hours is granted. 

A total, not to exceed six hours on the 4000-level, is allowed as part of the MA major as long as the courses are preceded by a "G" in the General Course Catalog.

Requirements for the MA in German

MLLL 5073, Contemporary Literary Criticism  is a required course for the major in German. 

All Graduate Teaching Assistants are required during their first year to enroll in MLLL 5813, Teaching Foreign Languages. GTAs who have already had this course or one similar to it may be exempted.

Students must demonstrate reading competency in a second language. In order to do so, they may take the departmental Graduate Reading Exam (pdf), or complete two semesters or ten hours in another language.

A comprehensive examination is required for the thesis and the non-thesis programs. The examination is administered during the twelfth and thirteenth week of each semester. It is based on courses taken by the student and on the reading list. Click here for details on the German M.A. comprehensive exam and thesis guidelines. Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to maintain enrollment in a minimum of six credit hours.