We admit students to the Germanic studies graduate program only for fall semester. Admission to our M.A. and Ph.D. programs is based on
Below is a table indicating the supporting documentation required and who requires it (some are required by the Graduate School, some by GSD, and some by both). All of the required documents are submitted via the Graduate School's online application system, ApplyYourself. The Graduate School does not accept paper documents. If you any questions or problems with the application procedure, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Required Documents||Required by||How to submit||Notes|
|Graduate School application + fee||Graduate School||Fill out & submit online through the ApplyYourself website|
|GSD's Supplemental Information form
(click for form)
|GSD||Upload into your ApplyYourself account in the “Graduate Program Additional Application” section.||The form is a Word document. Contact email@example.com for alternate versions (pdf, rtf, etc.).|
|Statement of your professional goals||Graduate School & GSD||Upload into your ApplyYourself account.||A description of your professional goals of approximately 1-2 pages long. It should above all focus on your academic interests in the field in which you plan to do graduate studies. Please include information about the level of your training at the time of application; the particular areas of scholarly interest that you would like to pursue during your graduate work; and your professional plans upon completion of your training. Make an effort to address the question of why: why you wish to do graduate work in the field; why at the University of Minnesota in particular; why you think that you are an appropriate candidate for graduate studies in German or Scandinavian. The statement should be written in English.|
|Diversity statement||Optional||Upload into your ApplyYourself account.||Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success. (Please do not exceed one page in length.)|
|Three letters of recommendation||GSD||Your recommenders must be listed in ApplyYourself. (It is best if they upload their letters into Apply Yourself, but if they encounter problems with that or would prefer not to, they may send send the letters (on letterhead) to the Department. No form is required.)||The letters should be from persons who can comment meaningfully about your intellectual capabilities. At least two of these letters must be from professors with whom you have studied. Please note that only the narrative evaluation (i.e., letter) is required.|
|Transcripts||Grad School, GSD||Upload an unofficial copy into your Apply Yourself account.
(More information on uploading transcripts).
|Please make sure your institution's name is on the copy you upload.
International transcripts: The Graduate School requires non-English transcripts to be accompanied by English translations of those documents.
|Writing sample||GSD||Upload into ApplyYourself in the “Writing Sample” section.
Important: The length of the writing sample should be no longer than 25 pages total.
|The paper should be no more than 25 pages and should reflect your scholarly/academic interests as well as the current level of your analytic knowledge in German or Scandinavian Studies. A term or seminar paper is best. If you have a thesis, please send an excerpt (e.g., title page, contents, and one chapter). The paper may be in English or German or a Scandinavian language, but keep in mind that the admissions committee is made up of faculty members from both Scandinavian and German, and it is not a given that they are fluent in all these languages. Some students send two shorter papers, one in English and one in German. If you do this and want to use the upload feature in ApplyYourself, only one paper can be uploaded into the “Writing Sample” section. The other one can be uploaded in the ”Other Information” section. If submitting more than one paper, the total number of pages should not exceed 25 pages.|
(Graduate Record Examination)
|GSD||Have the ETS (Educational Testing Service) forward the scores to the Department. If you take the test in December or if you requested a copy be sent to us late, please also e-mail us a copy of your scores, so that your application will be complete in time.||GRE scores are not required for non-native speakers of English unless they wish to be considered for the Graduate School Fellowship. Students who already have an M.A. degree are encouraged, but not required, to submit the GRE scores.|
(Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores (for non-native speakers of English)
|Graduate School||Have the ETS forward the scores to the Graduate School.||Minimum TOEFL score requirements: 550 on paper test; 79 on internet-based test, with a minimum of 21 in writing and 19 in reading. [A speaking score of at least 27 is required for a teaching assistantship. Without that, you will be required to take additional coursework in English.]
The Graduate School also accepts English language test scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS; minimum score: 65) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB; minimum score: 80) in lieu of the TOEFL.
For more information on the requirement, see the Graduate School's webpage.
|Dept. of German, Scandinavian & Dutch
320 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St. SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455