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Graduate Studies Program

We offer graduate work leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in German Studies.

Our strengths are in interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies, including Black German Studies, Cultural and Intellectual History, Film Studies, GDR Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, German-Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies, Medieval Studies, Minority Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, Transnationalism, and Turkish German Studies. We are home to the DEFA Film Library, a research center focusing on film related to East Germany.  Our resources are enhanced by the Five Colleges, the Yiddish Book Center, and exchange programs with universities in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria. UMass offers language instruction in German, Yiddish, and Middle High German.

Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates include many prominent scholars and teachers worldwide. Click here for a list of recent placements and here for recent Ph.D. dissertations.

Interested in graduate programs in German Studies at UMass? Please view our application information page, and contact the Graduate Program Director to discuss the program, your interests, and the application process.

Graduate Program Director: Sara Jackson (