What will I learn?

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers degree programs leading to the master of arts in German, the master of arts in Romance languages, and the doctor of philosophy in Romance languages. All three degree programs incorporate a variety of options.

The following descriptions of requirements pertain to the three focused areas of study of the German MA program.

German literature

Plan I (24 hours of coursework and a thesis) or Plan II (30 hours of coursework, no thesis). In addition to German literature courses, students must take GN 510 History of the German Language and 3 hours of Middle High German. With the approval of the German graduate advisor, 6 hours of graduate work in a related field may be applied to the degree.

Germanic philology

Plan I (24 hours of coursework and a thesis) or Plan II (30 hours of coursework, no thesis). In addition to philology courses, students must take 6 hours of German literature. With the approval of the German graduate advisor, 9 hours of graduate work in a related field may be applied to the degree. The focused area of study and courses in Germanic philology are offered subject to availability of qualified faculty.

German studies

Plan I (24 hours of coursework and a thesis) or Plan II (30 hours of coursework, no thesis). Students must take 15 hours of German literature/culture and philology courses, 3 hours in German history, and one 3-hour interdisciplinary seminar. With the approval of the German graduate advisor, 9 hours of graduate work in a related field may be applied to the degree.

Regardless of focused area of study, all graduate teaching assistants must enroll in the teaching practicum, currently offered under GN 551 Spec Probe Direct Readings/GN 552 Spec Probe Direct Readings. Upon completing coursework for any of the three focused areas of study in German, a student must pass a comprehensive examination based on the coursework and on a pre-established reading list. For information regarding the examination, please contact the German graduate advisor.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Plan I - 24 hours; Plan II - 30 hours)

Tuition fees
USD $15,125.00 per semester for 9-15 hours.

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

Start date

12 January 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

First floor, Clark Hall,

TUSCALOOSA,

Alabama,

35487, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International application must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission.

For international students

A person holding a bachelor's degree (or who is a senior) from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (or the foreign equivalent for an international applicant), is eligible for consideration for admission to the Graduate School of The University of Alabama.

English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): The minimum score of admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 59.

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

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