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Applying to Germanic Studies

Admission information for prospective graduate students

We admit students to the Germanic studies graduate program only for fall semester. Admission to our M.A. and Ph.D. programs is based on

Application Requirements

Application Process

Below is a table indicating the supporting documentation required and who requires it (some are required by the Graduate School, some by GSD, and some by both). All of the required documents are submitted via the Graduate School's online application system, ApplyYourself. The Graduate School does not accept paper documents. If you any questions or problems with the application procedure, please e-mail

Deadline: December 15

Required Documents Required by How to submit Notes
Graduate School application + fee Graduate School Fill out & submit online through the ApplyYourself website  
GSD's Supplemental Information form
(click for form)
GSD Upload into your ApplyYourself account in the “Graduate Program Additional Application” section. The form is a Word document. Contact for alternate versions (pdf, rtf, etc.).
Statement of your professional goals (Statement #1) Graduate School & GSD Upload into your ApplyYourself account. A description of your professional goals of approximately 1-2 pages long. It should above all focus on your academic interests in the field in which you plan to do graduate studies. Please include information about the level of your training at the time of application; the particular areas of scholarly interest that you would like to pursue during your graduate work; and your professional plans upon completion of your training. Make an effort to address the question of why: why you wish to do graduate work in the field; why at the University of Minnesota in particular; why you think that you are an appropriate candidate for graduate studies in German or Scandinavian. The statement should be written in English.
Diversity statement (Statement #2) Optional Upload into your ApplyYourself account. This statement is used to determine if we are able to nominate students for the University's Diversity of Views & Experiences Fellowship. Two important criteria for this are:
1) Evidence that the nominee has achieved academic success while overcoming substantial educational or economic obstacles; and
2) The nominee’s demonstrated experience with, or commitment to, serving or working with historically underserved or underprivileged populations.

If you believe these descriptions fit you, please submit the statement (not to exceed one page in length).
Three letters of recommendation GSD Your recommenders must be listed in ApplyYourself. (It is best if they upload their letters into Apply Yourself, but if they encounter problems with that or would prefer not to, they may send send the letters (on letterhead) to the Department. No form is required.) The letters should be from persons who can comment meaningfully about your intellectual capabilities. At least two of these letters must be from professors with whom you have studied. Please note that only the narrative evaluation (i.e., letter) is required.
Transcripts Grad School, GSD Upload an unofficial copy into your Apply Yourself account.
(More information on uploading transcripts).
Please make sure your institution's name is on the copy you upload.

International transcripts
: The Graduate School requires non-English transcripts to be accompanied by English translations of those documents.

Writing sample GSD Upload into ApplyYourself in the “Writing Sample” section.

Important: The length of the writing sample should be no longer than 25 pages total.
The paper should be no more than 25 pages and should reflect your scholarly/academic interests as well as the current level of your analytic knowledge in German or Scandinavian Studies. A term or seminar paper is best. If you have a thesis, please send an excerpt (e.g., title page, contents, and one chapter). The paper may be in English or German or a Scandinavian language, but keep in mind that the admissions committee is made up of faculty members from both Scandinavian and German, and it is not a given that they are fluent in all these languages. Some students send two shorter papers, one in English and one in German. If you do this and want to use the upload feature in ApplyYourself, only one paper can be uploaded into the “Writing Sample” section. The other one can be uploaded in the ”Other Information” section. If submitting more than one paper, the total number of pages should not exceed 25 pages.
GRE scores
(Graduate Record Examination)
GSD Have the ETS (Educational Testing Service) forward the scores to the Department. If you take the test in December or if you requested a copy be sent to us late, please also e-mail us a copy of your scores, so that your application will be complete in time. Students who already have an M.A. degree are encouraged, but not required, to submit the GRE scores.

Note: GRE scores are not required for non-native speakers of English unless they wish to be considered for the CLA Fellowship. However, you would be considered for a teaching assistnatship or departmental fellowship.
TOEFL scores
(Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores (for non-native speakers of English)
Graduate School Have the ETS forward the scores to the Graduate School. Minimum TOEFL score requirements: 550 on paper test; 79 on internet-based test, with a minimum of 21 in writing and 19 in reading. [A speaking score of at least 27 is required for a teaching assistantship. Without that, you will be required to take additional coursework in English.]

The Graduate School also accepts English language test scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS; minimum score: 65) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB; minimum score: 80) in lieu of the TOEFL.

For more information on the requirement, see the Graduate School's webpage.

Department Address

Dept. of German, Scandinavian & Dutch
320 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St. SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455