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.


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 Graduate College (must be submitted electronically):

  1. Graduate College Application
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s academic work.
  3. Personal statement of approximately 250 words addressing the applicant’s academic purpose and goals.
  4. Academic writing sample on a topic in German or related field.
  5. Transcripts

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.

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.
  3. Declaration and Certification of Finances 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.