The Department of German offers the M.A. and Ph.D. in German and, with the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the joint MAGES/Ph.D. in German.

Areas of particular faculty strengths are: Literary and Cultural History (18th-21st centuries); Contemporary Literature and Culture; the study of issues of gender and sexuality in literature, culture and aesthetics; and Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition.

The program is nationally recognized for its comprehensive graduate student preparation, which includes teaching experience in an extensive curriculum, careful mentoring of students in teaching and the provision of a strong basis for all students in second language acquisition, curriculum design and assessment issues.

The department fosters a culture that prepares students for academic or non-academic careers by:

  • Preparing students for the highest level of scholarship in research and teaching.
  • Encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to the study of German.
  • Offering graduate exchanges in Germany as well as teaching opportunities in its summer overseas program.
  • Supporting non-native speakers in attaining high levels of ability in German.
  • Assisting students in attending and presenting work at conferences.

Special research resources include extensive library holdings on women’s literature, a special collection of books from 1650-1890, participation in the Second Language Acquisition Initiative, an interdepartmental collaboration in the Foreign Language Initiatives on Research in Teaching (FLIRT) group and a well-established interdisciplinary research symposium series.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D./M.A. (German and European Studies)

Application Deadlines

Spring 2015

November 1, 2014

Fall 2015

January 15, 2015 (fellowship consideration deadline)

April 1, 2015 (final deadline)

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Score
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)
  • Academic Writing Sample

Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree which includes knowledge in German literary, linguistic, and cultural studies is required for admission. Generally, this knowledge is gained in two courses in at least two of these fields, where cultural studies might include courses focusing on artistic, economic, historical, and political life in the German-speaking countries. Remaining prerequisites can be fulfilled at the beginning of graduate study.

Other admission requirements include prior undergraduate knowledge of German literature, language and culture studies; three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, academic writing samples in German and English, academic statement of purpose, standardized tests (see below) and an application fee.  Please contact the department directly for further information about the writing sample essay.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address: <


  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials - (German)
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004


Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. There is no minimum required score on the GRE. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based tests) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements


The program consists of 36 credits or 12 courses beyond the bachelor's degree.
Students select their graduate courses from the three course modules: theory, methodology and seminars
Among the degree requirements are successful completion of:

  • Course work according to the above guidelines
  • A second foreign language examination
  • An oral examination OR oral presentation (for students continuing with the Ph.D. program)
  • A Master's research paper

Accelerated Master’s
Georgetown University undergraduate majors in German are encouraged to inquire, prior to their senior year, about the Accelerated Master's program. Students enrolled in the Accelerated B.A./M.A. program in German fulfill the same requirements as students pursuing both the B.A. and the M.A. in German.

Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES), with German Emphasis

  • MAGES Humanities Core Courses (2)
  • Courses in the German Department (6) -- Fundamentals of German Language Instruction is required
  • For all other degree requirements, please see the Program Administrator of the MAGES program.

The Ph.D. program consists of a minimum of 54 credits (18 courses) beyond the Bachelor's degree. For candidates who enter with a Master's degree in German from another university, the program consists of a minimum of 27 credits (9 courses).

Among the degree requirements for the Ph.D. are successful completion of:

  • Coursework with a minimum grade of A-
  • A second foreign language examination
  • The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination
  • The completion of a Ph.D. dissertation