Deadline for completed applications for fall admission is January 15.****
Applications for the M.A. and Ph.D. in German should be submitted online and should contain the materials listed below:
- Application fee (Graduate Application Fee Waiver, application fees are not required for students on a CU exchange program)
- Personal Statement (see link for questions)
- Transcripts (unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, study abroad programs, and extension programs).*
- Three letters of recommendation (You will enter your recommenders’ contact information into the online application system. Once you submit your application, emails will go out to your recommenders asking them to upload a letter of recommendation to your application.)
- Research Paper** (not required for students on a CU exchange program)
- GRE scores are not required and will not be considered when evaluating applications
- TOEFL (required for international students): For minimum TOEFL scores, see the Graduate School English Proficiency website, under “all others” category. For fall 2021, CU will be accepting the online version of TOEFL offered by ETS through Proctor U and will accept English language proficiency demonstrated through Duolingo. A minimum score of 100 (on the 160 point scale) is required for Duolingo. To report your official DuoLingo scores, please click ‘Send Results’ from inside the application, and then choose, ‘University of Colorado Boulder – Undergraduate.’
- Teaching Assistantship application***
Graduate School Application FAQs
*For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. Graduate Admissions requires one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, study abroad programs, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. If you are admitted and accept, you will then need to provide official transcripts from each university attended. Official transcripts should be emailed directly from the university to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to the address below
**It is recommended that applicants submit a sample research paper of no more than 20 pages in length (research paper is required for PhD applicants). The paper may be in English or German, and applicants should submit what they consider to be their best piece of academic writing. The paper serves not as a language evaluation, but as a sample of the applicant’s critical thinking ability, so in most cases applicants whose native language is English should submit a paper in English.
***Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis for qualified students pursuing full-time graduate studies. Teaching assistants normally teach three four-hour beginning German courses during the academic year. (First year students usually teach one in the fall and two in the spring.) Each full-time teaching assistant receives a tuition waiver for up to eighteen credit hours each semester. Renewal of the assistantship is not automatic. GSLL prides itself on excellent teaching and expects no less from its Teaching Assistants, who receive training in language pedagogy; however, every graduate student must remember that his/her primary responsibility is to do the best possible work toward the degree. Applicants interesting in applying for a Teaching Assistantship should fill out GSLL's Teaching Assistantship application. The German Program does not consider GRE scores in graduate admission decisions.
****The deadline for completed applications for fall admission is January 15. Late applications and applications for spring admission may be accepted, with permission of the Graduate Associate Chair. Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant or Graduate Associate Chair with inquires about late applications. All applications should be submitted online. Supporting materials should be submitted to CU's Graduate Admissions department.
Graduate students are eligible for the graduate exchange programs in Goettingen and Regensburg in their first year of study. For more information on these programs see the Study Abroad section of our website (information on the graduate exchange programs is at the bottom of this page). If you are interested, notify the Graduate Associate Chair (Arne.Hoecker@colorado.edu) and the Graduate Program Assistant (email@example.com) by February 1.
Supporting materials for domestic applications should be sent to:
University of Colorado at Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Rm A122
Boulder, CO 80309-0553
Supporting materials for international applications should be sent to:
University of Colorado at Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Rm A122
Boulder, CO 80309-0065
Official transcripts can also be emailed directly from the university to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, you may contact us at email@example.com or by phone (303) 492-3529 or you can contact the Graduate Associate Chair.
The University of Colorado at Boulder is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed, religion or veteran status.
Note to current students who have an official transcript hold on their registration: during the first semester of your studies at CU, you will need to submit any missing official transcripts on your record (to see what is missing, go to MyCUInfo, click on the "To Do" box on the right hand side). If your university will send official transcripts, have the university send the transcripts directly to admissions (addresses above). If your university does not send out official transcripts, bring your original transcript (or Scheine) to Admissions (first floor of Regent Hall), and have them make an official copy for Graduate Admissions (make sure they give you back your official transcript/Scheine).
Current CU-Boulder German MA students interested in applying for the German PhD should submit the following to the Graduate Program Assistant by the January application deadline: personal statement, writing sample, unofficial CU transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to the Graduate Program Assistant by the recommenders).