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Applying to the Graduate Program

Interested in applying to the MA or PhD program in Geramn Studies at UMass?

Students apply online through the UMass Graduate School. The application requirements are:

  1. Official Transcripts documenting all post-secondary (college / university level) degrees and/or coursework. 
    NOTE: Applicants to the MA and PhD program must have earned a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree at minimum by the time they enter the program. Students may also apply to the PhD program with a Master’s degree (or equivalent); see the Requirements for the Ph.D. for more information on differing courses of study for those entering with a B.A. vs. M.A. degree.  
  2. A Statement of Purpose (approx. 2-3 pages) outlining your qualifications, academic interests, and goals. Your statement should also address why you want to join the program and work with faculty in German Studies at UMass Amherst specifically. 
  3. An Academic Writing Sample of not less than ten pages (in either German or English). The admissions committee reviews writing samples for strength of style, argumentation, and research and/or analysis. 
  4. Three Recommendations from individuals who can address your qualifications, preparedness, and potential for success in graduate studies. Applicants are encouraged to request recommendations from college/university faculty who have direct experience with and knowledge of their academic abilities.

Applicants may also be invited to conduct a phone interview. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.

Note for non-native speakers of English: The Program in German and Scandinavian Studies can offer provisional admission of non-native speakers of English without TOEFL scores; however, for final admission the UMass Graduate School requires submission of TOEFL scores. Non-native speakers of English who hold a degree from an English-language college or university or have attended one for at least two years do not need to submit TOEFL scores. For more information about TOEFL requirements and waiver conditions, see the Graduate School information page for International Applications.

The annual deadline for applications is January 15. However, our program accepts late applications at our discretion.

Application fees are set by the UMass Graduate School. For information on application fee waivers see their How to Apply page.

For questions about graduate programs in German Studies, please contact the Graduate Program Director: Sara Jackson (

For questions about the graduate application system, please contact the Graduate Student Service Center:  |  (413) 545-0722