The Master of Arts in German and European Studies program is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study.

Beginning with a set of required core courses, each of which frames European studies from a particular disciplinary vantage point, students then pursue their own tailored concentrations or an approved graduate certificate through the selection of integrated clusters of electives. Elective courses may be taken at the School of Foreign Service, the School of Business, the Public Policy Institute, the Law Center, and the departments of government, history, and economics.

Degree Requirements

  • 48 semester hours, including the 18-credit hour required core curriculum, 6 credits of interdisciplinary electives and 24 credits of free electives
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two foreign language examinations: by completion of the program, students must demonstrate oral proficiency in one European language other than English, and reading ability in a second European language other than English
  • Oral examination
  • Master's Project and participation in the MAGES Colloquium

Fall semester exchange program with Hertie School of Governance

The BMW Center is very pleased to announce an expansion of our ongoing partnership with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, effective 2017-2018. Hertie is a private, international school of public policy located in Berlin Mitte (Friedrichstrasse). Alongside our three-year, dual MAGES-MPP/Hertie degree program, we are launching a new fall semester exchange program beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

This exchange program is designed to enable select MAGES students to spend their third semester at the Hertie School. The working language at Hertie is English, and the exchange will specifically be with their new Master of International Affairs (MIA) program. If you are looking to add an international component to your M.A. program, this will be a fantastic opportunity to study in the heart of Europe. Up to five second-year students from the Walsh School of Foreign Service will have the opportunity to spend the fall 2017 semester (beginning of September through mid-December) at Hertie; students in the MAGES program will be given priority consideration. A list of potential courses can be found here.

For more information on this new exchange opportunity and further details about the application process, please contact Carolina Solms-Baruth, Supervisor of Academic Programs.

Sample Curriculum


  • Core: Modern German & European History
  • Core: Politics in Europe & the European Union
  • Core: The European Economy
  • Interdisciplinary Elective*
  • Optional Language Course


  • Core: Theorizing Culture
  • Interdisciplinary Elective*
  • Elective*
  • Elective*
  • Optional Language Course


Internship, Language Study, or Research


  • Core: International Relations in Europe
  • Elective* or Internship for Credit
  • Elective*
  • Elective*
  • Optional Language Course


  • MAGES Master's Project Seminar
  • Elective*
  • Elective*
  • Elective*
  • Optional Language Course

*Two interdisciplinary electives are required for the MAGES degree. Other elective slots are used to build a concentration or earn a graduate certificate.

Dual Degrees

Dual degrees offer MAGES students the opportunity to combine their MAGES program with another degree offered at Georgetown University or one of our partner universities. The BMW Center offers the following dual degree tracks:

  • MAGES/Ph.D. in German
  • MAGES/Ph.D. in Government
  • MAGES/Ph.D. in History
  • MAGES/J.D.

Career Development

Careers After MAGES

The skills that MAGES students develop in our interdisciplinary program are precisely the qualities that employers in the public and private sectors are looking for: a solid understanding of international events, the ability to write clear and coherent analyses of important issues, the cultural insight and adaptability necessary to perform in many different settings, and the ability to step outside one narrow discipline and see the relationships between the many different facets of a constantly changing global environment. Each year, approximately 30% of graduates pursue public sector employment, 30% private sector employment, 30% NGO/IO, and 10% continue on to receive a Ph.D. or other degree.


Within the private sector, recent graduates have accepted full-time positions at top consulting firms and corporations including:

  • Deloitte
  • Brunswick Group
  • BMW
  • Lidl
  • Banyan Global

Those who have entered the public sector have been employed by:

  • Federal Reserve Board
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • U.S. Army

The MAGES Class of 2015 was 100% employed within six months of graduation. Full placement information for all graduate programs at the School of Foreign Service is available on the Graduate Career Development Center's website.

Career resources on campus

The Graduate School of Foreign Service Career Center (GCC) offers:

  • Skill workshops in resume preparation, networking, interviewing, and more
  • Employer information sessions and resume drops for domestic and international employers
  • Job fairs and on-campus recruiting visits
  • Approximately 200 new internship and job listings per week

In addition to the GCC, MAGES students are supported by the Supervisor of Academic Programs, who works exclusively with students in the program to become familiar with their interests and identify career opportunities that fit each individual's interests and skills.

The MAGES alumni networks are powerful mentors and advocates for the next generation of MAGES graduates, and the BMW Center hosts frequent professional and academic development workshops in collaboration with the CGES Alumni Association. These events aim to prepare students to enter the workforce and include annual Alumni/Student Career Happy Hours, CGES Speed Networking, and skills workshops on topics ranging from "Public Speaking in an Academic Context" to "Conducting a Job Search in Europe."


MAGES students complete high-level internships throughout their studies in order to gain valuable skills relevant to their career trajectories and broaden their networks. While some students choose to complete an internship during their second and/or third semester(s), all MAGES students receive funding to complete an internship during the summer between years one and two of the program. Approximately 70% of students elect to complete an internship abroad.

Recent international host organizations include:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Berlin
  • Interel
  • Denmark Refugee Council
  • Kosovar Center for Security Studies
  • National Democratic Institute in Ukraine

Recent internship assignments in Washington, D.C., include:

  • Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Search for Common Ground

In conjunction with select employers, CGES also supports the MAGES Signature Internship Program, which gives the BMW Center the opportunity to strengthen partnerships within the transatlantic community while giving our students access to top internship opportunities. The program aims to provide employers with high quality, reliable graduate student interns on a regular basis, and in turn, employers provide interns with a valuable experience to enrich their professional and academic development. In 2015, MAGES Signature Internship employers included:

  • BMW North America in Washington, D.C.
  • UNESCO-IIEP in Paris
  • SAP in Berlin
  • The Bank of New York Mellon in Frankfurt

Cost & Fees

Enrollment Fall 2017 (Credit Hours) 12 9 6 9
Tuition & Mandatory Fees $51,041 $39,071 $23,971 $32,876

Entry Requirements

Applicants must submit the following 10 items to the Office of Graduate Admissions by January 15, 2018. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all materials are submitted online and postmarked by the application deadline.

  1. Standard Georgetown University Graduate School Online Application (click here for the application)
  2. Non-refundable Application Fee
  3. Academic Statement of Purpose (500 words in length, in English; Applicants should address their academic and professional objectives, as well as their compatibility with the MAGES program.)
  4. Three Official Recommendation Letters; based on your academic/professional background, professors, employers or a combination who can address your ability to do graduate work (to be submitted via the form in the online application)
  5. Official Transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate studies (Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, not the BMW Center.) Georgetown University, Office of Graduate Admissions, 3520 Prospect Street NW, Box 571004, Washington, DC 20057.
  6. Official Test Scores: GRE (required) and TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable). The ETS code (GRE and TOEFL scores) for Georgetown University is 5244. Official test scores should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, not the BMW Center.
  7. Academic Writing Sample, written in English (preferably 10-20 pages and related to European Studies; include footnotes, citations, etc.)
  8. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  9. MAGES Language Proficiency Form. One European language evaluation must be uploaded to online application. (Language professor, teacher or native speaker with whom you have worked in a professional setting should complete the form. Applicants who are native speakers of a European language do not need to complete a Language Proficiency Form.)
  10. MAGES Supplemental Data Form. Must be uploaded to online application.

Applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all documentation has been received.

Program taught in:
  • English

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