German & European Studies
The BMW Center for German and European Studies hosts one of the eight graduate programs of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, a program of study leading to the degree of M.A. in German and European Studies (the MAGES program).
Students can also pursue a joint MAGES/MPP; a joint MAGES/Ph.D. in German, government or history; or a joint MAGES/J.D. The BMW Center prepares graduate students for careers in the public and private sectors, non-profit and international organizations and academia.
Graduates are multilingual and possess detailed knowledge of German and European economies, political systems and histories, as well as the European integration process and contemporary European international affairs. The MAGES program is home to core faculty representing the disciplines of comparative politics, international relations, economics, history and cultural studies.
- M.A./M.P.P. (Public Policy)
- M.A./Ph.D. (German)
- M.A./Ph.D. (Government)
- M.A./Ph.D. (History)
- M.A./J.D. (Law)
- B.S.F.S./M.A. (only for Georgetown College students)
- A.B./M.A. (only for Georgetown College students)
January 15, 2021 (scholarship)
April 1, 2021 (final)
Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.
PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Please be sure to review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.
Applicants must submit the following 10 items to the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all material is received by Georgetown University by the MAGES application deadline.
- Standard Georgetown University Graduate School Application Form
- Non-refundable application fee
- Academic Statement of Purpose (500 words in length; Applicants should address their intellectual interests and their compatibility with the MAGES program, their academic and professional objectives, and their proposed topic(s) of graduate study).
- Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
- Three Official Recommendations (At least two of the three recommendations should be from professors or academic advisors; one may be from an employer or other person in a position to evaluate the student’s potential for graduate work).
- GRE test is not required
- TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
- MAGES Supplemental Information (form included in the online application)
- Academic Writing Sample – Please submit ONE of the following two options:
- A recent research paper, approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages in length. A topic related to Europe is encouraged but not required.
- A 1200-1500 word essay discussing and taking a position on an issue related to European studies (past or present, any field)
- MAGES Language Proficiency Form. One European language evaluation must be uploaded to online application. The admissions committee recommends that a language professor or native speaker who is familiar with the applicant’s proficiency complete the form. Students need not complete a form for their native language.
- Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Please be aware that applications will not be considered complete until the application fee has been paid. Applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all of the supporting documentation has been received.
Joint MAGES/Ph.D. Applications
Applicants to the joint MAGES/Ph.D. programs must complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for the MAGES program. Applicants must also submit a separate application packet to the respective Ph.D. Program according to the guidelines set out by that department.
Please indicate on your application that you are applying to a joint program. It is recommended that you write two separate statements of purpose and enclose both in the applications, indicating clearly on the top of the page which statement is for which program.
Joint MAGES/J.D. Applications
Applicants to the joint MAGES/J.D. programs must complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for the MAGES program. Applicants must also submit a separate application packet for the J.D. program according to the guidelines set out by the Georgetown Law Center. Application requirements for the J.D. program can be found on the Law Center website.
The joint MAGES/J.D. student is considered a law student for three out of the four years of the program. This would typically mean that students would be eligible for Law Center funding and subject to Law Center tuition and fees in their first year, Main Campus funding and tuition levels in their second year, and Law Center Funding and tuition arrangements for all subsequent years.
Please indicate on your MAGES application that you are applying to the joint program. It is recommended that you write two separate statements of purpose and enclose both in the MAGES application, indicating clearly on the top of the page which statement is for which program.
Joint MAGES/Undergraduate Applications
Joint MAGES/Undergraduate Applications should contact the BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In addition, all applicants must have:
- Bachelor of Arts degree (or its equivalent from a foreign university) in any discipline from an accredited college or university.
- A high-level of proficiency in a European language equivalent to three years of college level of instruction; exposure to a second European language is strongly encouraged.
- Supplemental data section completed in the online application
Applicants for joint degree programs must additionally submit a complete and separate application to the Ph.D. department to which they are applying. Applicants interested in more detailed program information about the MAGES program should visit the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) website at http://cges.georgetown.edu
The CGES website contains additional information concerning the academic and co-curricular activities of the Center for German and European Studies, including visiting professorships, conferences, ongoing lectures and visitors seminars, academic and professional internships, and career placement.
- Completion of a minimum of 48 semester hours, including the 18-credit hour required core curriculum, nine credits of interdisciplinary electives and 21 credits of free electives
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Passage of written and oral foreign language examinations
- Passage of an oral examination
- Oral proficiency in a major European language other than English and reading proficiency in a second European language
- Completion of a master’s project and participation in the MAGES Final Colloquium
For more information on the degree requirements for joint programs, visit the CGES website.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: TOEFL / IELTS
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 250 (computer-based tests) or 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org