About the Program Anchor

About the Program

At the conclusion of the two-year MAGES program, students will have acquired broad knowledge of European affairs, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives and their methodologies. They will have an appreciation and mastery of interdisciplinary analysis of European affairs, which entails among other things a capacity to interpret and apply theory within and across disciplines and to draw conclusions among discrete elements of a problem.

MAGES graduates will have the ability to integrate academic and practical knowledge, and to demonstrate expertise in a self-designed area of European affairs. Students will acquire valuable skills in oral communication, critical writing, and original (including collaborative)
research, and improve their mastery of two European languages. Taken together, their newly acquired proficiencies enable them to be informed participants in the transatlantic dialogue.

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Degrees Offered Anchor

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.
  • 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)
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Admissions Requirements

For general graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s How to Apply page. Review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Optional: Statement on Diversity, Personal Background & Contributions
  • 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)
  • Supplemental Information – Foreign Language Proficiency Form (form included in application)
    • 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.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Resume/CV
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (if applicable)
    • TOEFL = 100 minimum
    • IELTS = 7.5 minimum

Additional Information for Joint Degree Applicants

  • 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  cges@georgetown.edu for more information.

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Application Deadlines Anchor

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 
    • January 15 (priority)
    • April 1 (final)
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Degree Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 42 semester hours, including the 15-credit hours of required core curriculum, 3 hours of capstone coursework in the second year, and 24 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
  • Proficiency in one European language other than English
  • 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.

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Connect with Us

Program Contact: cges@georgetown.edu

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Apply Now

Begin your application today!

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