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Graduate Studies Program

The German and Scandinavian Studies Program offers 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, Swedish, Yiddish, Middle High German, and Old Norse. 

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 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 may accept late applications at our discretion.  Please contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Sara Jackson 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: Sara Jackson (