Master of Arts in German

The M.A. program in Modern Languages with a concentration in German provides a solid preparation for students who intend to go on for the Ph.D., enabling them compete successfully at highly prestigious schools. Its comprehensive curriculum also provides a sound base for career opportunities in education, government, and in a corporate environment. A low student-faculty ratio allows our dedicated, professionally-active faculty to offer students support and mentoring.

The MA in German consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved German and related coursework, and successful completion of a comprehensive written and oral exam. Students complete six hours of coursework in technology / pedagogy  selected from the following courses: WLLC 4023 (Language, Culture and Web 2.0 Technologies), WLLC 4033 (Language, Culture and Video Development) or WLLC 5063 (Teaching Foreign Languages on the College Level), which gives graduates important skills for the job market.  Coursework in German centers on either genres or epochs.  Genre courses include:

GERM 5123. The German Novella.
GERM 5133. The German Drama.
GERM 5143. German Lyric Poetry.

Epoch courses include:

GERM 5223. Early German Literature: Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.
GERM 5273. German Literature: Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Classicism.
GERM 5343. Early Modern German Literature: Late 19th and Early 20th Century.
GERM 5363. German Literature after 1945.
GERM 5703.  Literary Perspectives (Capstone course to prepare for MA exams).

Each semester, faculty also offer a special seminar based on their own research.  Recent courses have included examinations of the German graphic novel, migration / national identity, and German cinema.

Students interested in an interdisciplinary approach may also substitute 6 hours of the 36 hours for coursework in theory, history, music, linguistics, philosophy, Jewish Studies, Gender Studies, or other fields in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Teaching Assistants

The program stresses both research and teaching skills. The Department of World Languages offers teaching assistantships with funding for two years, contingent upon satisfactory teaching evaluations and progress toward the degree. Teaching assistants generally teach beginning or intermediate German under the close supervision of dedicated faculty. A course in pedagogical methodology, an orientation before each fall semester, and frequent monitoring provide for superior professional preparation. Assistants receive remission of tuition and fees in addition to their stipend and may apply for available summer teaching.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires a Bachelor of Arts degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution with suitable preparation in both language and literature. Graduate assistantship applications should preferably be submitted by February 1 for the most favorable consideration, but they are accepted as long as vacancies exist. The Graduate School requires that international students score a minimum of 550 on the TOEFL for admission and 50 on the TSE to qualify for an assistantship. The German program requires either an oral interview or a tape of the candidate’s spoken German.

Application procedure:

  • An online applicationapplication fee, and transcripts from all universities attended* are due to the Graduate School. The online application and instructions can be found here:
    *Please include copies of any Scheine or university Zeugnisse you have acquired.
  • The following items must be submitted to the German program Graduate Advisor, Dr. Jennifer Hoyer ( 3 letters of recommendation and a letter of intent that addresses the qualifications, interest, and goals of the applicant.
  • If the applicant also wishes to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship, he or she will also submit the following to Dr. Hoyer: a 2-3 page writing sample in German, and a recording (mp3 is fine) of the applicant’s spoken German. Please record yourself speaking free (i.e. not reading from notes; tell us, for example, about your experiences in German speaking countries, your studies, yourself generally) and also reading a brief text passage.  In addition, there is an departmental online application for TAship to fill out on the departmental website:
    Scroll down to and fill in the application fields. All other things you have already submitted to me.

Please direct any questions you may have to the German program Graduate Advisor, Dr. Brett Sterling (