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The German and Russian Studies Department offers BA and MA degrees in two cultures and languages of critical significance in the world today – German and Russian. The German program prepares students for admission to PhD programs and for professional language careers in a number of fields. Courses in language, literature, teaching techniques and skills, seminars in various specialized aspects of German studies, and directed study and research provide candidates with opportunities to acquire a comprehensive background in German studies. Teaching assistants receive training in pedagogy.

Degrees Offered

German, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 15; rolling thereafter (Priority deadline: January 15)

  • Graduate studies typically begin in the fall semester.
  • The first deadline for applications to the German program is January 15. Applications received by this first deadline may be eligible for additional University-level grants.
  • Applications received between January 15 and February 15 will be welcomed.
  • Applications received after February 15 will only be reviewed as spaces become available in the program. Please contact the department for further information.
  • Applications to begin Spring semester are not encouraged. Assistantships are typically not available for graduate students beginning Spring semester.
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Undergraduate major in German or equivalent

Note: The department reserves the right to evaluate the work presented for admission and to determine how the student may make up for background deficiencies.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the German Program

  • Departmental application
  • 3 letters of recommendation