The MA German Literature comprises four semesters of study and coursework. It augments and intensifies knowledge acquired in the BA Germanistik (or any comparable course of study resulting in a BA-degree).
The curriculum aims to stimulate critical reflection regarding literature and culture and to strengthen analytical and argumentative skills. It covers the entire spectrum of German literature from its beginnings to the present. In accordance with the organization of German literary studies into Older Literature and Newer Literature, the curriculum builds on the shared emphases on history, theory, and aesthetics and offers studies on an advanced scholarly and academic level. It also hones the skills necessary to adequately understand and analyze the practical and discursive conditions of epochal transformations.
Students enrolled in the MA German Literature profit from co-operation with partners both on and off-campus, such as the Research Center for Historical Sciences, the Research Institute for Humanities at nearby Bad Homburg, the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women and Gender Studies, as well as publishers in Frankfurt, Radio Hessen, the Jewish Museum, the Fritz Bauer Institute, the Freie Deutsche Hochstift at the Goethehaus, the Literaturhaus Frankfurt and numerous others.
The MA degree in German Literature provides an excellent foundation for pursuing graduate studies in a variety of doctoral programs. At the same time, expertise gained in critical analysis and argumentative skills prepares graduates for high-level positions in areas such as media, culture, publishing, and communication.
- Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar subject
- Letter of Motivation (statement of your personal and professional interests about the Master's program (Max. 700 words)
- Proof of English language skills (level B2) and of another foreign language (level A2-B1)
- Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s program (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the program with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office, authorized to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months.
Mode of admission
Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.
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Last updated February 26, 2018