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Applying to the Graduate Program

Interested in applying as a student? Students apply online through the Graduate School at UMass. The application requirements are: a transcript, a statement of purpose, three recommendations, an academic writing sample of not less than ten pages (in either German or English), and a phone interview. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores. The deadline for applications is January 15. However, our program accepts late applications at our discretion. Accepted applicants will be invited to visit campus. Please contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Jonathan Skolnik at, for more information.

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, final admission into the 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.

Graduate Program Director: Jonathan Skolnik