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MA German (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27180 USD
27180 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of Germanic Languages
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

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About this course

The German Language Program offers courses for beginning, intermediate and advanced learners. To ensure optimal placement, students who have had prior German instruction are required to take our placement test. In addition, we offer a reading knowledge course to graduate students for academic purposes.


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Eligibility Criteria

Ideally candidates for admission to the graduate program should have exceptional fluency in German, an excellent undergraduate and (if applicable) postgraduate record, strong letters of recommendation, competitive GRE scores, and strong writing skills.

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Course Modules

Courses offered every semester: Beginning German I and II, Intermediate German I and II, Intermediate Conversation I and II, and a selection of Advanced Level Courses.

Courses only offered in the Fall: Advanced German I (Berlin Course), Accelerated German I and II, Elementary German Reading I.

Courses only offered in the Spring: Advanced German II (Vienna Course), Accelerated Intermediate German I and II, Elementary German Reading II.

The M.A. Exam must be taken at the latest by the first week of the fourth semester. The exam consists of a written and an oral exam. The written exam includes five questions that test a student's knowledge of the terminology of literary criticism and one question that requires close analysis of a selected passage. The exam is expected to take approximately five hours.

The oral examination, conducted in German, takes place on a separate day after the written exam and lasts one hour. It is directed by two examiners. It is intended to test how students, in a more spontaneous setting, engage with more specific questions concerning literary history.

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How to Apply

The required components of the application, which must be received by the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences no later than January 6 are:

  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic recommenders
  • A personal statement about intellectual interests
  • A writing sample, preferably in German (10-15 pages in length)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from all international students who are not native speakers of English (unless they have received a post-secondary degree at a US college or university)

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