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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts program in German requires a minimum of 33 s.h. of graduate credit. It is offered with or without thesis.

M.A. students choose one of two concentrations: German literature or Germanic linguistics. The German literature concentration requires seven literature courses (21 s.h.) and four linguistics courses (12 s.h.). The Germanic linguistics concentration requires seven linguistics courses (21 s.h.) and four literature courses (12 s.h.).

M.A. students are expected to complete at least 24 s.h. in the Department of German. All M.A. course work taken outside the department requires the graduate advisor's approval.

Before taking the M.A. exam, students must demonstrate reading knowledge of a foreign language other than German, at a level equivalent to two years of college study or four years of high school study. Students may demonstrate competence by submitting proof that they have taken the required course work with a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 or by passing an exam at the fourth-semester college level, as determined by the appropriate language department. Advanced undergraduate students majoring in German may begin working toward a master's degree in German while completing their bachelor's degree.

Career Advancement

Graduates in this area of study frequently enter the teaching profession. They also find positions in government, Foreign Service, and commercial enterprises. The Operant Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit)

Tuition fees
US$30,549.50 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

240 Schaeffer Hall,

University of Iowa,

IOWA CITY,

Iowa,

52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country; A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS score of 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.0; PTE minimum score of 68 with no subscore less than 58; TOEFL scores below 100; a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the test, or a score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT).

For international students

A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00.

English Language Requirements:

An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 7.0, with no sub score less than 6.0.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present iBT scores below 100 on the PBT.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 550 on Paper-based test (PBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present TOEFL scores below 600 on the PBT.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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