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Please note: The Department of German is no longer accepting new students into its graduate program.

Who can apply?graduate admissions

All applicants apply for the PhD program.

Applicants should have a BA or MA in German or a related field. Students with training in related fields will be considered for full graduate status if their background in German language and culture is sufficient to succeed in graduate-level courses.

For admission to the PhD, students completing their MA at the University of Pittsburgh must pass a preliminary evaluation in their final semester of study. For students entering with an MA from another institution, this evaluation takes place by the end of their first year of study at the University of Pittsburgh.


Applications should include:

  • an Application Form;
  • a Statement of Intent (Please describe your intellectual background, research interests, and academic goals);
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation;
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be scanned and included with online application. Students will be required to forward official transcripts/translations at the time of matriculation (upon enrollment) to the Graduate School to clear transcript contingencies. (For non-US degrees, official transcripts  must be accompanied by an English translation);
  • an audiorecording such as a .wav file that can be sent as an attachment.  (Non-native speakers of German should supply a recording in which they 1) speak freely about a topic and 2) read formally a passage from a literary or academic text);
  • a Writing Sample (a research paper or selection from a thesis of about 20 pages that offers an example of the applicant’s ability to conduct research and provide evidence of strong writing skills. It may be in either English or German.);
  • TOEFL scores (Required of Foreign Students: minimum score of 550 [paper-based test] / 213 [computer-based test]/80 [internet-based test]) or the IELTS administered by the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate with a minimum score of 6.5 (taking the academic and reading modules); and
  • an Application fee of $50 (Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies if this represents a financial hardship).


Applicants are required to submit all materials for fall term admissions by January 2. Students who would like to be considered for non-teaching fellowships are encouraged to submit their applications before the New Year.

Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if space is available. Applications are submitted online at

Please note: The Department of German is no longer accepting new students into its graduate program.