Admission to the German Graduate Program

General Admissions Information

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences no longer publishes a printed graduate bulletin, but all information regarding individual programs may be found at their website:

General Degree Requirements

Information for International Students

Fellowship Information

Admissions Information and Online Application

Ideally candidates for admission to the graduate program should have exceptional fluency in German, an excellent undergraduate and (if applicable) postgraduate record, strong letters of recommendation, (if applicable) competitive GRE scores, and strong writing skills. 

The deadline for fall admission to the Ph.D. program is January 4, 2022

The deadline for spring admission to the M.A. program is October 28, 2021 and for fall admission is March 31, 2022.  

The required components of the application , which must be received by the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are:

  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic recommenders
  • A personal statement about intellectual interests
  • A writing sample, preferably in German (10-15 pages in length)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from all international students who are not native speakers of English (unless they have received a post-secondary degree at a US college or university)

In addition, applicants are not required but encouraged to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test by a date that allows for scores to be forwarded to Columbia University by the January 4, 2022 deadline or soon thereafter. For testing dates and locations, please refer to the Graduate Record Examination web site. For questions about the TOEFL see the Educational Testing Service web site.

International students should consult the GSAS page on admissions, as well as the comprehensive site maintained by the Columbia Office for International Students and Scholars.

All students are encouraged to apply online to the graduate program.