German Studies

The department offers an interdisciplinary MA and PhD in German Studies, focusing on German-speaking, central European society from the Enlightenment to the present. In addition to expertise in German literature, the faculty’s interdisciplinary strengths include comparative literature, philosophy, social and political theory, film, cultural studies, intellectual history, and translation. To get a better idea of the department’s areas of specialization, prospective students are encouraged to take a look at the list of recent graduate seminars and at the profiles of the graduate faculty and expanded graduate faculty. The faculty works closely with students to design their own course of study. Most German MA and PhD students receive a teaching assistantship and tuition waiver. The graduate associate chair of German welcomes email inquiries about the program. For contact information and more general information on the MA and PhD in German Studies, please visit the program's website.

Degrees Offered


Degree Details

Requires 24 semester hours of approved course work, 6 thesis hours, and successful defense of a master’s thesis. Typically students take 9 semester hours of course work outside the German studies program. With approval of the graduate committee, a student may present 30 hours of course work without a thesis to fulfill the MA requirements.

Requires 30 hours of coursework at the 5000-level or above, 30 dissertation hours, and successful defense of a dissertation. Students who have a completed MA degree may be able to apply up to 21 hours towards the required coursework.  For more information, see the German Studies PhD Handbook.

Admissions Requirments

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
  3. Have a BA in German or a related field with proficiency in the German language.
  4. Provide three letters of recommendation.

Applicants should hold a BA in German or a BA in a related discipline with BA proficiency in the German language.

Financial Support

Most of our MA students receive a full tuition waiver and a stipend. Forms of support include teaching assistantships (with stipend of at least $17,909 and full tuition waiver), Graduate School fellowships, and Max Kade Fellowships.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline

February 1, 2017

Fall International Application Deadline

February 1, 2017

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures
Graduate Program Assistant, McKenna 129
276 UCB Boulder, CO 80309-0276
Phone: 303-492-7404
Fax: 303-492-5376

Email: gsll@Colorado.EDU