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Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance






Beicken, Peter U., Full Member

Frederiksen, Elke P., Full Member

Moyer, Alene, Full Member

Oster, Rose-Marie G., Full Member

Associate Professor

Baer, Hester, Full Member

Koser, Julie, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Pfister, Guenter G., Full Member

Associate Professor Emerita

Strauch, Gabriele L., Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Walker, Richard E., Full Member

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German Literature and Language (GERS)   

Program Title and Classification

German Literature and Language

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The German Program of the Department of Germanic Studies offers graduate study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The main focus is on Modern German Studies combining both discipline-based and interdisciplinary courses. The intellectual focus of the degrees is German-speaking Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, as represented in literary and non-literary texts, and other cultural productivity.

The degrees reflect the paradigm shift within the field of German language and literature expanding the focus of Germanistik to a broader concentration on cultural studies which include gender studies, film studies, and postcolonial theory.

A concentration in Medieval Studies is also offered on an interdepartmental basis.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Publications/Presentations

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan26 Sep
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Feb26 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

Thesis option:

GERM 620: Methods of German Literary Studies (3 credits)

German courses at the 600-800 level (15 credits)

Electives (5 credits)

GERM 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Students must also pass an oral defense and a written Master's comprehensive exam

Non-thesis option:

GERM 620: Methods of German Literary Studies (3 credits)

German courses at the 600-800 level (15 credits)

Electives (11 credits)

Students must also pass a written Master's comprehensive exam

Teaching Assistant Requirement

All Teaching Assistants are required to take SLLC 601: Teaching Foreign Languages in Higher Education for one credit. This course counts towards the total credits required.


The M.A. degree program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. For the thesis option, the student must complete 24 hours of coursework, the thesis with oral defense and a written comprehensive examination. The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework, a mini-thesis with oral defense and a written comprehensive examination. For both options the comprehensives consist of two three-hour examinations based on the coursework and the M.A. reading list.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. are as follows: 1) completion of at least 24 hours of coursework beyond the master's degree over a period of at least one year at the University of Maryland and a further 12 hours of dissertation research; 2) a reading skill examination in a language other than English or German, which may be another Germanic language or a language related to the candidate's research; 3) comprehensive written examinations; 4) presentation of the dissertation, an original study in the field of specialization on a topic approved by the advisor and the examining committee; and 5) the oral defense of the dissertation (one to two hours).


Facilities and Special Resources

In addition to its course offerings listed below, the German Program of the Department of Germanic Studies sponsors the German Club, the University of Maryland Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha (the national German language honors society). The department participates in the University Honors Programs and has a departmental honors program. Distinguished scholars and lecturers as well as visiting professors visit the metropolitan area and campus regularly. College Park's proximity to Washington, D.C., facilitates participation in the many cultural functions of the capital with its wealth of German and Scandinavian social groups and national societies: the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland; the German Historical Institute, and the Goethe Institute.

Financial Assistance

The German Program offers graduate fellowships and teaching assistantships, and the Graduate School offers, on a competitive basis, fellowships, and grants.



For further program information please contact:Dr. Hester Baer
Associate Professor & Graduate Director

Dept. of Germanic Studies
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Maryland
3225 Jimenez Hall
College Park, MD 20742

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-4101


For general inquiries please contact: Josiland Chambers
Graduate Coordinator
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
1104 Jimenez Hall
College Park, MD 20742

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-4023


Associated Information




German Language, Literature and Culture Studies, including Film; Germanic Philology; Applied Linguistics; German in Maryland; German in Washington, DC.