Application to the MA Program

All applicants must apply via the university's graduate application system and submit the following:

  • Graduate Teaching Application Form: this form is found in the online application. Please log in to GradWeb, start a new application, download a copy of the form, and upload the completed document into the application. 
  • Statement of Purpose: submit a statement of 1-2 pages presenting your academic background, intellectual and literary interests, and reasons for pursuing graduate study in German at the University of Oregon.
  • Writing Sample: submit a writing sample of 10-12 pages of your best scholarly writing, preferably in the field of German Studies (written in English or German)
  • Language Proficiency: submit an audio file of your spoken German of about 3-5 minutes.
  • Official Transcript: Official transcripts no longer required with application unless student is accepted into program as of 2023.
  • Recommendations: have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted by scholars familiar with your work (We prefer that letters be uploaded electronically by the recommenders, but they may also be sent via mail).
  • English Language Proficiency:  All applicants for whom English is not a native/primary language must satisfy one of the following English Language Proficiency criteria in order to be eligible for admission.
  • C1 Exam Score: all applicants whose native language is not German must supply the result of the C1 Exam administered by the Goethe-Institut. The department requires a C1 score of Befriedigend (3) or better. If not included by the application deadline, this score must be supplied by August 15 prior to enrollment

Please submit by mail all official transcripts (except University of Oregon) from all the institutions where you have earned a degree to:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403, USA

Note: All materials are due by January 5th, 2024 for students applying to enter the following fall. The Graduate Committee of the department will evaluate each file and notify applicants of the results by mid-April. The MA Program is designed for two academic years, starting in the fall. Award of a Graduate Employee teaching position (= GEship) is for one academic year at a time. Renewal depends upon ongoing departmental evaluation of course work, teaching success, and available funding. GE support for the MA is limited to two academic years.