24 months
20380 USD/year
20380 USD/year
9342 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The German and Scandinavian Studies program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers graduate work leading to the degree of Master of Arts (M.A.).


Degree Requirements

The strengths of the German and Scandinavian Studies program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst are in interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies, including Black German Studies, Cultural and Intellectual History, Film Studies, GDR Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, German-Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies, Medieval Studies, Minority Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, Transnationalism, and Turkish German Studies. We are home to the DEFA Film Library, a research center focusing on film related to East Germany.

Our resources are enhanced by the Five Colleges, the Yiddish Book Center, and exchange programs with universities in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria. UMass offers language instruction in German, Yiddish, and Middle High German.

Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates include many prominent scholars and teachers worldwide.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Teaching German
  • History of the German Language
  • Old Norse
  • Middle High German
  • Exile in L.A.
  • Film Adaptations: From Literature to Film

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official Transcripts documenting all post-secondary (college / university level) degrees and/or coursework. Applicants to the MA and PhD program must have earned a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree at minimum by the time they enter the program.
  • A Statement of Purpose (approx. 2-3 pages) outlining your qualifications, academic interests, and goals. Your statement should also address why you want to join the program and work with faculty in German Studies at UMass Amherst specifically. 
  • An Academic Writing Sample of not less than ten pages (in either German or English). The admissions committee reviews writing samples for strength of style, argumentation, and research and/or analysis.
  • Three Recommendations from individuals who can address your qualifications, preparedness, and potential for success in graduate studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4671 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Amherst Center

1228 - 2543 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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