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World Languages (German) [M.A.]

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The Master of Arts in World Language - German program aims to improve students’ cultural knowledge and linguistic proficiency, enhancing their professional skills and/or preparing them for further graduate study.

General objectives of the program include:

  1. Development of advanced-high level skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the chosen foreign language;
  2. Analysis of current cultural patterns, literary material, and/or technical information; and
  3. Acquisition of research skills.

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

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For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Candidates must hold undergraduate major or minor in german
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement in german (Instructions )
  • Candidates must complete an oral proficiency interview in the language of their specialization with a rating of “Advanced-low” on the ACTFL scale (Additional Information ). 

Conditional admission may be granted to candidates with deficiencies in german. Such candidates must successfully complete deficiency courses including, but not limited to, GERN 343L5 - German Composition on Cultures and Civilization  and GERN 344L5 - Principles of German Phonetics and Conversation . Graduate credit will not be granted for these courses.

The German faculty will review applications.

Department Information

World Languages | Jeff Popko, Ph.D., Department Head | 219 Alexander, 734.487.0130,

Advisor Information

Carla Damiano, Ph.D., 219 Alexander, 734.487.0130,

Program Requirements

Students in all programs must complete a cultural immersion experience of at least six weeks in a German-speaking country. Students may satisfy this requirement through an EMU study abroad program in German, or through participation in a similar program of study sponsored by another accredited US university upon approval of the faculty of the German Program. Students should select a study abroad program in consultation with a  faculty advisor prior to enrollment in any such program. Students who believe they have already fulfilled this requirement through previous experience may petition to have the requirement waived or reduced; if the petition is approved, the candidate may substitute up to six hours of restricted electives for the international study experience.

Students must, in consultation with the teacher, complete a master’s research project in the FLAN 650 - Graduate Research Seminar  course.

Degree Requirements: 33 hours

The Master of Arts in World Languages (German) requires 33 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses and restricted elective courses:

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