Germanic Languages and Literatures, AM

Master's Candidacy

To earn a master’s degree at Washington University, a student must complete all courses required by their department; maintain satisfactory academic progress; fulfill all academic and residence requirements; and file an Intent to Graduate. For a general layout of master’s degree general requirements in Arts & Sciences, including an explanation of Satisfactory Academic Progress, students should review the Master’s Degree Academic Information page of the Arts & Sciences Bulletin.

Program Requirements

  • Total Units Required: 30
  • Degree Length: 1 year
    • This program is only for graduate exchange students from the University of Cologne. 9 units of transferred credit hours will be applied for students to work towards the 30 unit requirement: 21 units will be obtained over 2 semesters of study at Washington University. 
    • Note: Students must be enrolled in 9 graduate credits each semester to retain full-time status. As students complete their course work, if enrolled in fewer than 9 graduate credits, they must enroll in a specific Arts & Sciences graduate course that will show 0 units but does count as full-time status. Students should connect with their department to ensure proper enrollment prior to Add/Drop.
  • Minimum Grade Requirement: B-

Required Courses

German 5052Teaching Practicum1
German 5053Theory and Practice of Foreign Language Pedagogy (or equivalent)2
German 580Master's Thesis Research3

See Thesis Requirements/Details below for more information.

German Seminar Courses

Students are required to take 4 additional 500/5000-level German Seminar courses (12 units)

Transfer Credits

The student will transfer 9 units of credit from their previous coursework from the University of Cologne, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures. 

Thesis Requirements/Details

Both semesters, students in AM in Germanic Languages and Literatures are required to participate in German 580 Master's Thesis Research (3 units) for a total of 6 units in order to prepare the thesis and defense. 

Students will deliver their thesis to a three member Thesis Committee for approval and in anticipation of the oral defense. 

Contact Info

Contact:Graduate Program Administrator: Germanic Languages and Literatures