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German Language and Literature Graduate Program

The Department of German Studies is actively recruiting graduate students for our two-year MA program.

Our program offers each student the opportunity to shape an individualized course of study, working closely with faculty whose expertise includes German literature and culture from the 18th through 21st centuries, film studies, gender studies, and ecocriticism. 

In addition to seminars in German Studies, students have the option to enroll in interdisciplinary graduate seminars in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures focusing on topics such as postcolonial studies, transnational theory, and global cinema. Students may also pursue interdisciplinary coursework in related fields including Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, English, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, among others. All students receive teacher training and have the opportunity to teach a range of undergraduate classes, including summer classes. 

The Department works closely with students to help place them in competitive PhD programs or jobs. Recent graduates are working as high school teachers and in nonprofit organizations.

Located in the vibrant Washington, D.C. metro area, the University of Maryland enjoys proximity to many cultural and research institutions, including the Goethe Institut, German Historical Institute, National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art. 

Financial Aid

We offer qualified applicants generous funding packages in the form of Prahl Fellowships and Teaching or Graduate Assistantships (including tuition waivers).


An important aspect of graduate studies is advising and mentoring. Every graduate student entering the Department is assigned an initial advisor during the first semester. Students may later choose to switch to a different advisor in their area of specialization.

Teaching Assistant Training

Incoming Teaching Assistants (TAs) receive an introduction to the Department and their teaching duties in interdepartmental (SLLC) and departmental workshops scheduled during orientation at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Throughout the semester students meet on a regular basis with the Coordinator for the German Language Program to discuss teaching assignments and related issues. Through class visitations and subsequent conferences, the Coordinator and the faculty mentors assist the TAs in their instructional experience. SLLC 601 "Teaching Foreign Languages in Higher Education" (1 credit) is a requirement for all TAs in their first semester of teaching.

Admissions Requirements and Information

To enter the M.A. program, candidates must have, in addition to the Graduate School requirements, a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate major in German language and literature or the equivalent and fluency in the written and spoken language. Applicants with a B.A. in a field other than German will be considered if they meet the Department's guidelines for the B.A. in German Language, Literature, and Culture.

Application deadlines:
To Apply: ApplyYourself

Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As of Fall 2014, we are not currently accepting applications to the Ph.D. program.
To enter the Ph.D. program, candidates must have a master's degree (or equivalent, such as Magister Artium, Staatsexamen etc.) in Germanic Studies or in a related field. Submission of a writing sample in German is required. 

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues. For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance. Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

Who to Contact

Julie Koser

Associate Professor, German Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Associate Faculty, Classics
Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

3210 Jimenez Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4106