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Graduate students on the steps of Joe Brown Hall (Departmental Social, Fall 2014)

Graduate School Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the graduate school should be filed online. Contact the Graduate School for additional information on requirements and links to the online application form or downloadable printed forms.

Students from American Colleges and Universities

  • B.A., with minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0.
  • Current Current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with minimum combined score of 280 (verbal and quantitative).
  • For GRE testing prior to August 2011, minimum combined score of 800.
  • For GRE testing prior to August 2011, minimum combined score of 800.
  • Official college transcripts.

Students from German-Speaking Countries

  • Fulfillment of Grundstudium or completion of Zwischenprüfung plus two (2) semesters (not necessarily in Germanistik).
  • Current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with minimum combined score of 280 (verbal and quantitative).
  • For GRE testing prior to August 2011, minimum combined score of 800.
  • Official list of all university courses taken, with an official/certified translation of the names and courses.
  • Photocopies of Scheine.
  • Test Of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall minimum score of 80 with at least 20 on speaking and writing.

Consult with the Akademisches Auslandsamt for proper procedure for taking GRE and TOEFL.

Credentials of students from other countries will be evaluated for their equivalency.

Departmental Admission, Teaching Assistantships, Fees and other Financial Awards

​The departmental application consists of the completed form, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a typed statement of purpose, and a writing sample of formal written German. Candidates for a teaching assistantship should also apply directly to the department when they apply for admission to the Graduate School; i.e., two separate applications must be sent, one to the Graduate School and the T.A. application and material to the department. Acceptance by the one is ordinarily contingent upon acceptance by the other. The stipend for teaching assistantships is currently (academic year 2015-16) $12,195. A limited number of non-teaching Graduate Assistantships of equal salary, awarded on a competitive basis, may at times be set aside for especially well-qualified students.

Tuition and Fees

Teaching assistants receive a waiver of tuition and pay student fees of approximately $1,123.

Financial Awards

Additional sources of financial assistance are available. Application for the following should be made through the department:

  1. Teaching Assistantship in German Language Education (M.Ed.): Students holding this award take fewer hours of German but supplement that with additional education courses. There is no second foreign language or thesis requirement. A written examination is administered by the Department of Foreign Language Education, to which interested students should apply; copies of their papers must also be forwarded to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages for consideration for a teaching assistantship.
  2. University-Wide Research Assistantship: The salary is equivalent to that of the teaching assistantships. Recipients are expected to engage in thirteen hours of research per week for the department. (Deadline: February 15)
  3. Research Foundation Tuition Scholarship: This scholarship pays the first three quarters of tuition for new graduate students (U.S. citizens only).
  4. Two Halle Fellowships of $6000 for Summer Study in Germany following the first year in the program are available on a competitive basis for incoming graduate students. These fellowships are intended to support summer language and/or university study in Germany. On a case by case basis, the department is also able to offer summer support for graduate students through the Kicklighter Summer Study program.  

Application for Graduate Teaching Assistantship: You may print this application and mail to the address at the bottom of the form.

For more information, or for questions regarding specific requirements, please contact Prof. Alexander Sager (706.542.6211).


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