Prospective Students

Applicants to the German Department should have a solid background in German language and culture or related fields. Fellowships awarded by the German Department combine stipends and teaching appointments and cover tuition and health care. In addition, departmental funds are used to support students’ summer projects, conference travel, and research. Competitive university grants are available for research and writing.


Applications are due January 15th. We will continue to review applications on a rolling basis. 


For application forms and instructions please see the Graduate Admissions Web page.

Application Requirements

  • a statement of purpose, indicating current academic interests and long-term goals.
  • a writing sample (15 pages) in German or English, demonstrating the applicant's abilities as a literary scholar
  • three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's work
  • all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts
  • TOEFL scores required for international students
  • completed application and fee as per the School of Graduate Studies.

The GRE is no longer required. For questions and inquiries, please contact the Acting Graduate Director, Prof. Michael Levine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Programs of Study

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in German Literature

Master of Arts Degree in German Literature

Master of Arts in Teaching German