German Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admisson


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

German Studies (B.A.)

German Studies / Allemand (B.A.)


Department of German Studies


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Students on the Master's program in German Studies can either specialize in Germanic Linguistics or Germanic Literature.

The program builds on the analytical and theoretical knowledge acquired on the Bachelor's degree and is oriented towards independent research work. The main focus is therefore on the ability to grasp complex issues, examine them critically, reflect on them in connection with other issues, and present a scientific argument according to specific requirements.

In the focus area Germanic Literature, the focus is on text as the basic format for all media. Students address the traditions and diversification of literary culture, the background of which forms the evolution of media from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition to the social relevance of literary, cultural and media research, the program intensively addresses advanced methods, theories and techniques.

The focus point Germanic Linguistics teaches students advanced knowledge of the linguistic system of present-day German, as well as its historical development, and introduces them to current research issues. Emphasis is placed on the core research fields of historical linguistics, linguistic theory, language use, and comparative linguistics, which students are prepared for from a theoretical and empirical perspective.

Master entrance requirements

  • Proof of a Bachelor's degree in German Studies or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad, including proof of courses successfully completed with a minimum of 72 credit points in German Studies. If the applicant provides proof of a minimum of 40 credit points but less than 72 credit points before the application deadline, they may be granted admission provided they obtain the required proof no later than the end of their first year of study. If proof is not provided to the Examination Committee within the deadline mentioned, the student will no longer be allowed to continue their program. Their enrollment will be canceled without further notice. The Examination Committee determines the proof required. The department ensures the courses offered will be held. In cases of doubt, the Examination Committee will make a decision on the conditions for admission.
  • Important: Please submit the additional sheet with the application documents. You can find this questionnaire in the checklist at the end of the online application.
  • It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English. Proof is not required.
  • In addition, students are required to have sufficient active and passive knowledge of another modern foreign language (e.g. French, Italian, Russian) to read specialist literature or sufficient knowledge of Latin (verification not required).


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).