2024-2025 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Germanic Languages

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Germanic Languages


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 15, 2023

Admission Limited to

Fall, Winter, Spring

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation

3, from professors who may provide an evaluation of the applicant's accomplishments or potential in research and related scholarly activities

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit one writing sample of no more than 10 pages in German or English, and a statement of purpose.

Ph.D.: Ph.D.: Applicants interested in a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages are not required to have completed the master's degree in order to be considered for admission. If admitted to the Ph.D. without a master's degree, students are required to complete the UCLA M.A. degree in Germanic Languages while proceeding towards the Ph.D. Also acceptable are European degrees such as German or Austrian Staatsexam, a German or Austrian Magister, or a Swiss Lizenziat. A German Zwischenprüfung is not acceptable.

Applicants with an M.A. in fields other than German (for example, in Comparative Literature or in Linguistics) are required to pass the written part of the M.A. comprehensive examination in German or Scandinavian, as applicable, within three quarters after admission to the department.

Program Name

Germanic Languages

Leading to the
degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

Admits only Ph.D. applicants.

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