Prospective Students


In addition to the University’s minimum requirements all applicants are expected to submit: GRE scores (General), three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a statement of purpose.


Master’s Program

Although a degree in German, Germanic Linguistics, or Linguistics with a minor in German is preferred, the department accepts applicants with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. Applicants with deficiencies in undergraduate preparation are considered but if admitted are required to take remedial courses, as recommended by the graduate adviser.


Doctoral Program

An M.A. degree in German or a Germanic Language from an accredited U.S. Institution is required for admission to the doctoral program. Also acceptable are European degrees such as German or Austrian Staatsexam, a German or Austrian Magister, or a Swiss Lizenziat. A German Zwischenprüfung is not acceptable.
Applicants with an M.A. in fields other than German (for example, in Comparative Literature or in Linguistics) are required to pass the written part of the M.A. comprehensive examination in German or Scandinavian, as applicable, within three quarters after admission to the department.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 15th.  Late applications may be considered, but the chances of receiving financial support are reduced sharply.

For more questions concerning the admissions process, please contact the departmental Student Affairs Officer, Kerry Allen.