Master of Arts in German

The M.A. program 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 must complete:

Genre                                                                          Epoch

GERM 4123: Novelle                                           GERM 5223: Early German Lit.
GERM 4133: Drama                                             GERM 5273: Aufklärung/Romantik
GERM 4143: Lyrik                                                GERM 5343: Modernism
GERM 5363: Nachkriegsliteratur
GERM 5703: Perspectives
9 hrs.                                                                            15 hrs.

Each of these courses provides a comprehensive overview of literary epochs or a genre; some basic literary theory is also covered. The remaining credit hours may be fulfilled by other rotating German courses, such as GERM 4043: Cinema or GERM 4013: Germany and the Holocaust, and/or complemented by a maximum of 3 courses taught in English outside the German program, for example history, gender studies, philosophy, comparative literature, or foreign language pedagogy. The coursework beyond the required genre and epoch courses is decided in discussion with the graduate advisor based on the candidate’s individual goals and/or research agenda.

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 Master of Arts Program in German 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 application, application 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. Jennifer Hoyer (