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What will I learn?

The Germanic studies program in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch (GSD) is distinguished for its interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature and culture. The program equips students to be creative scholars and skillful teachers through research and teaching programs covering the literature and culture of German-speaking and Nordic countries. Students work closely with faculty dedicated to scholarly innovation, teaching excellence, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Germanic studies program offers both MA and PhD degrees and allows students to tailor their programs to their individual needs and interdisciplinary interests. Students have the option to pursue a emphasis in German (MA, PhD), Germanic Medieval Studies (MA, PhD) or Scandinavian Studies (MA) by completing a specified number of courses in one of those areas.

Intake: Fall

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$27,612.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022


College of Liberal Arts

215 Johnston Hall,

101 Pleasant Street SE,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00. A bachelor's degree in an engineering, basic science, or mathematics program is preferred.

For international students

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.

Other requirements to be completed before admission:

BA or equivalent in German, Scandinavian, or related field. Students are usually admitted to the PhD program, but the MA must be completed first. Applicants must have fluency in German or a Scandinavian language.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – Total Score: 79; Writing Subscore: 21; Reading Subscore: 19; IELTS Academic – Total Score: 6.5; Writing Subscore: 6.5; Reading Subscore: 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – Total Score: 59; Writing Subscrore: 59; Reading Subscore: 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – Total Score: 180; Writing Subscore: 180; Reading Subscore: 180.

Deadline for Fall: December 15.


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