We’ve designed our MA in German studies to be a meaningful professional credential in itself and a foundation for further progress toward a PhD. It provides a sound background in the field of German studies with broad opportunities for interdisciplinary work. We offer a diverse range of graduate seminars, training in language pedagogy, research support, and professional development.

Our faculty’s strengths are interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies, and their diverse specialties include Black German studies, cultural and intellectual history, gender and sexuality studies, and Turkish German studies. UMass offers language instruction in German, Yiddish, and Middle High German.

We are also home to the DEFA Film Library, an East German film research center, and our resources are enhanced by the Five Colleges, the Yiddish Book Center, and exchange programs with universities in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria.

Some MA students pursue an individualized concentration, while others structure their program around their coursework, drawing on faculty research strengths in the program, the university, the Five Colleges, and our international exchange partner universities.