Application Instructions

All applicants are required to submit all application materials electronically.

Hard copies will not be accepted. For more information about the document upload process, visit the Admissions website. You can also view the official degree requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Studies.

Deadlines:

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application material as early as possible to ensure fullest consideration for scholarships and teaching assistantships.

Materials required by the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate College Application (online)
  2. Transcripts - do not have to be official
  3. Photocopy of diploma(s)

Additional Requirements set by the Department of Germanic Studies:

  1. A baccalaureate or its equivalent, conferred by an approved and accredited college or university.
  2. Baccalaureate Field: No restrictions, although a substantial background in German literature or culture is expected, as is proficiency in written and spoken German.
  3. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (out of 4.0) for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study. At least 3.0/4.0 in all German courses.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s academic work.
  5. Statement of purpose of approximately 250 words addressing the applicant’s academic purpose and goals.
  6. Academic writing sample on a topic in German or related field.

Additional Information for International Applicants:

The website of the Office of Admissions and Records gives detailed information and explanations on specific requirements for all countries of origin including:

  1. Postsecondary credentials, accompanied by certified English translation.
  2. TOEFL test scores (550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based). UIC’s Institutional Code is 1851.

Upon admission, applicants will be required to submit the following materials:

Domestic Applicants:
  1. Official final set of transcripts stating “degree conferred”  They must be hard copies mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from educational institution where degree was obtained.
  2. University attested copy of Diploma(s) which is referred to as proof of degree; this copy may be turned in person by the applicant to the Office of Admissions.
International Applicants:
  1. Official final set of transcripts stating “degree conferred”  They must be hard copies mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from educational institution where degree was obtained. The student can directly submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions a certified translation of the final “degree conferred” transcripts by mail.
  2. University attested copy of Diploma(s) which is referred to as proof of degree; this copy may be turned in person by the applicant to the Office of Admissions along with a certified translation of the attested copy.
  3. The Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) Form.

Additional Information for Non-Degree Applicants:

Only domestic applicants are allowed to apply as non-degree seeking students.
Only an online application to the Graduate College and transcripts from the applicant’s baccalaureate institution are required.

GRE test scores are only required for students who intend to apply for University Fellowships. UIC's institutional code is 1851.