What graduate degrees does the German Department offer?

The German Department offers the M.A. or Ph.D. in German and, with the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the joint MAGES/Ph.D. in German.

Why should I choose this graduate program?

The Department fosters a culture that prepares students for academic or non-academic careers by offering preparation for the highest level of scholarship in research and teaching. Students are exposed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of German.

All students acquire theoretical foundations in second language acquisition in two tiers of courses, gain extensive teaching experience in the department's nationally recognized undergraduate curriculum, and participate in materials and curriculum development.

What kinds of courses are offered?

The Department of German offers a range of courses encompassing both literary and cultural studies from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries and applied linguistics & second language acquisition. Particular strengths include contemporary literature and culture, issues of gender and sexuality, intersections of religious and literary traditions, curriculum development, and literacy studies.

More information on courses is available here.

Which courses would I need to complete?

Degree requirement information is listed on the Graduate School's website, located here.


What financial resources are available for graduate students?

The German Department is committed to supporting the professional development of its graduate students through fellowships. Fellowships include full tuition coverage, a stipend, health insurance, and reimbursement for all course book purchases.

The department also makes funds available for graduate students interested in conferences and study abroad program.

More information on financial support is available here.

Are there any sources of support outside of Georgetown ?

Yes. The Department encourages its graduate students to seek outside support for summer, semester or year-long research and teaching stays. Our graduate students have been exceedingly successful in securing outside funding from sources such as the Social Science Foundation, the DAAD, Fulbright, Goethe Institut, Senat of Berlin, and others.

What sort of careers have past German majors pursued?

The Department of German at Georgetown University has an excellent placement rate. Information on past students is available here.


How do I apply?

The Department of German no longer sends out a hard copy application/information packet. Please refer to the Graduate School's website to apply online.

What materials do I have to submit?

A complete list of required materials is available on the Graduate School's website.

What kind of writing samples should I submit?

Applicants should submit two academic writing samples, one in English and one in German. Writing samples are generally the length of a final course paper (approx. 10-20 pages).

Should I submit different letters of recommendation to both programs if I am joint MAGES/German Ph.D. applicant?

Letters of recommendations can be identical for both programs. If applicants decide to submit different letters to each program, they should indicate this in their application.


Who can I contact if I have any other questions?

Please e-mail the department with any questions.