Academic Programs

The BMW Center's degree programs are designed for students seeking to combine a deep and abiding interest in Europe with a knowledge base and skill set that will open up exciting career opportunities in the public, NGO, private, and higher education sectors. Building on the presence of seven other world-class Master's programs in the Walsh School, the Center encourages students to connect their tailored program of study to other parts of the world and/or a thematic concentration. Our location in Washington, D.C., provides a unique setting for students to ground their study of Europe in the transatlantic relationship. The Center also provides opportunities to develop mastery of one or more European languages as a means of opening avenues of communication and cross-cultural understanding. By integrating coursework, career development, and internship experiences in a customized program of study, our students gain the maximum value from their Master's experiences and expand their professional opportunities post-graduation.


"At the conclusion of the two-year MAGES program, students will have acquired broad knowledge of Europe and Germany drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives and their methodologies. They will have an appreciation and mastery of interdisciplinary analysis of European affairs, which entails among other things a capacity to interpret and apply theory within and across disciplines and to draw conclusions among discrete elements of a problem.

MAGES graduates will have the ability to integrate academic and practical knowledge, and to demonstrate expertise in a self-designed area of European affairs. Students will acquire valuable skills in oral communication, critical writing, and original (including collaborative) research, and improve their mastery of two European languages. Taken together, their newly acquired proficiencies enable them to be informed participants in the transatlantic dialogue."

*Posting formal learning goals is a requirement for Middle States Accreditation.

The MAGES Academic Experience

We invite you to learn more about what it means to be a part of our learning community by getting a glimpse of one of our core courses, "Politics of Europe and the EU," and hearing from the MAGES Class of 2018!

Apply to the M.A. in German and European Studies

Students interested in applying to the MAGES program should visit our Admissions page to learn more.