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Graduate Studies

The German program offers a 2‐year M.A. degree in German and a 4‐ year Ph.D. in MFLL with first concentration in German. Our graduate program includes a direct exchange with universities in Baden‐ Württemberg. Many of our incoming MA students spend their first year studying in Germany and return to Knoxville for their second year to complete their Master's thesis or exams and to receive pedagogical training in the classroom. We offer tuition wavers and T.A. stipends.

Our German graduate faculty advises students in many fields, from Applied Linguistics, 18th and 19th Century Studies, to contemporary German, Jewish, Media, Cinema and Gender Studies. We welcome students who are interested in interdisciplinary studies, since we work closely with colleagues in History, Geography, Philosophy, Art, Judaic Studies, and Music – just to name a few. Applicants do not have to have a German BA to apply.

Our M.A. graduates pursue a wide range or careers. Some continue their academic careers and work towards a PhD at UT or at other institutions, others go into teaching, journalism, business, tourism, translation, etc.! recent Ph.D. graduated have secured positions at local and national universities or accepted academic positions in Germany.

In order to be considered for admission to a graduate program in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, all applicants must:



Dr. Stefanie Ohnesorg
Coordinator of German Studies
719 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-7098

Complete the Graduate School Application
Pay the $60 application fee by credit card or electronic check
Upload the following materials into the Graduate School Application:

  • Unofficial transcripts of all prior Undergraduate and Graduate coursework and degree confirmations
  • Statement of Purpose (about 300 words; one in the target language and one in English)
  • Two (2) Writing Samples (one in the target language and one in English)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (at least two should be academic references)
  • A GTA Application (ONLY if you want to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship). GTA stipends are competitive and generally range between $14,700-$18,000 for a 9-month contract. Tuition fee waiver and full medical insurance are included.

Application deadlines for those applying for a GTAship are February 1 (for fall admission) and October 1 (for spring admission)

Applicants whose native language is not English must:

  • Submit official TOEFL scores directly from ETS to University of Tennessee (#1843)
  • OR
  • Submit official IELTS scores directly from IELTS administrator to Office of Graduate Admissions


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