Dual Degrees

Dual degrees offer MAGES students the opportunity to combine their MAGES program with another degree offered at Georgetown University or one of our partner universities. The BMW Center offers the following dual degree tracks:

MAGES/Ph.D. in German

The Center and the Georgetown University Department of German offer a joint course of study leading to a MAGES/Ph.D. in German. Joint degree students save roughly one year of taking course work by pursuing the two degrees simultaneously, while still receiving full preparation in both their discipline and in regional studies.

CURRICULUM

The curriculum includes a total of three years (66 credits) of course work drawn from the MAGES program and the German Department. This joint program is designed for students who aspire to doctoral study in German and who wish to complement their inquiry with a broader understanding of the economies, cultures, history, politics and international relations of contemporary Germany and Europe. At the Ph.D. level, students direct their studies in one of two field concentrations: Literary and Cultural Studies or Linguistic and Cultural Studies.

Application 

Students who are interested in this program may either apply to both degree programs jointly, or may apply for the Ph.D. portion of the program during their first year of study in the MAGES program.

Applicants to the joint MAGES/Ph.D. program must complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for the MAGES program. Applicants must also submit a separate application packet for the German program according to the guidelines set out by the German Department. Application requirements for the German program can be found on the German Department website.

MAGES Degree Requirements

Candidates for the MAGES/Ph.D. in German must complete all requirements for the MAGES degree with the following variations:

MAGES free elective course work must be comprised of required courses from the Department of German.

Students must pass the MAGES second foreign language examination prior to taking departmental comprehensive examinations.

Requirements for Ph.D. in German

Candidates must also complete all requirements for the Ph.D. in German as outlined below:

  • Passage of a Ph.D. qualifying appraisal, to be initiated by the student during the beginning of the fall semester of the second year of study in the MAGES program.
  • Six German Department courses taken beyond the MAGES level, including Fundamentals of German Language Instruction and five additional courses selected in anticipation of the focus of the dissertation and in consultation with the student's advisor (18 credit hours).
  • Passage of both a written Ph.D. comprehensive examination, taken during the semester following course completion, and a subsequent oral Ph.D. comprehensive examination.
  • Preparation and successful defense of the dissertation.

For more information about the Ph.D. portion of the program visit the Department of German website.

MAGES/Ph.D. in Government

The Center and the Georgetown University Department of Government offer a joint course of study leading to a MAGES/Ph.D. in Government. Within the Ph.D. program, students can choose from one of two tracks: Comparative Government or International Relations.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes a total of three years (63 credits) of course work drawn from the MAGES program and the Government department. This program is oriented towards students who wish to complement their disciplinary studies in Government with the interdisciplinary regional focus of the MAGES Program.

Application

Students who are interested in this program may either apply to both degree programs jointly, or may apply for the Ph.D. portion of the program during their first year of study in the MAGES program.

Applicants to the joint MAGES/Ph.D. program must complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for the MAGES program. Applicants must also submit a separate application packet for the Government program according to the guidelines set out by the Government Department. Application requirements for the Government program can be found on the Government Department website.

MAGES Requirements

Candidates for this degree must complete all requirements for the MAGES degree with the following variations:

MAGES free elective course work must be comprised of required courses from the Department of Government.

Students must pass the MAGES second foreign language examination prior to taking departmental comprehensive examinations.

Ph.D. in Government Requirements

Candidates must also complete all requirements for the Ph.D. in Government follows:

  • The Theory and Methods requirement, comprised of 7 related courses (21 credit hours).
  • A major in either Comparative Government, comprised of a minimum of 6 related courses (18 credit hours) or a major in International Relations, comprised of a minimum of 6 international relations courses (18 credit hours).
  • A special field minor comprised of the remaining eight courses from the multidisciplinary core curriculum of the MAGES program.
  • Passage of a Ph.D. Qualifying Appraisal, to be initiated by the student during the spring semester of the first year in the MAGES program.
  • Passage of Ph.D. Comprehensive Examinations in the MAGES minor field, as well as both a written and oral examination in the major field. Comprehensive examinations can be taken upon completion of all relevant course work.
  • Preparation and successful defense of the dissertation according to the guidelines set out by the Department of Government.

For more information about the Ph.D. portion of the program visit the Department of Government website.

MAGES/Ph.D. in History 

The Center and the Georgetown University History Department offer a joint course of study leading to a MAGES/Ph.D. in History. Joint degree students save roughly one year of taking course work by pursuing the two degrees simultaneously, while still receiving full preparation in both their discipline and in regional studies.
Curriculum

The curriculum includes a total of three years (60 credits) of course work drawn from MAGES program and the History department. In the belief that the complexities of world affairs, no less than the demands of an academic career, recommend breadth in graduate education, this program is designed to provide a strong interdisciplinary foundation for more advanced, specialized work in German history.

Application

Students who are interested in this program may either apply to both degree programs at the same time, or may apply for the Ph.D. portion of the program during their first year of study in the MAGES program. Students may apply to receive the MAGES degree upon completion of all Ph.D. course work and the MAGES portion of their comprehensive exams.

Applicants to the joint MAGES/Ph.D. program must complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for the MAGES program. Applicants must also submit a separate application packet for the History program according to the guidelines set out by the History Department. Application requirements for the History program can be found on the History Department website.

MAGES Degree Requirements

Candidates for this degree must complete all requirements for the MAGES degree with the following variations:

MAGES free elective course work must be comprised of required courses from the Department of History.

Students must pass their foreign language examination prior to taking departmental comprehensive examinations.

Ph.D. Requirements

Candidates must also complete all requirements for the Ph.D. in History as outlined below:

  • One core colloquium, taken by all entering students in their first semester (3 credits).
  • One year-long research seminar in the major field (6 credits).
  • One course in issues and literature of the major field (3 credits).
  • Five colloquia in the major field, including the MAGES core course in Modern German and European History (15 credits). A second research seminar can be substituted for one or two of these colloquia. Three colloquia in the minor field (9 credits).
  • Passage of first and second foreign language exams.
  • Passage of written and oral departmental comprehensive exams.
  • Preparation and successful defense of the dissertation according to the guidelines set out by the Department of History.

For more information about the Ph.D. portion of the program visit the Department of History website.

MAGES/J.D. 

The Georgetown University Law Center, the Graduate School, and the School of Foreign Service offer a four-year dual degree program of international studies leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES). This professionally oriented course of study is designed to integrate advanced work in area studies with a professional legal education.

CURRICULUM

Students undertake a four-year course of study comprising a minimum of 113 credit hours: 74 hours of Law Center courses and 39 hours of MAGES work. Students would typically begin the dual degree program at the Law School, spend their second year in the MAGES program, and take coursework in both programs during the third and fourth years of the program. More detailed information about the MAGES/JD requirements and curriculum can be downloaded here.

Admission and financial aid

Applicants to the MAGES/J.D. dual degree program must separately complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for both the MAGES program and the J.D. program. Guidelines set out by the Georgetown Law Center are different than those set out by the School of Foreign Service. Application requirements for the J.D. program can be found on the Law Center website.

The dual degree student is considered a law student for three out of the four years of the program, and would be subject to law school tuition and financial aid arrangements for three out of four years. This would typically mean that students would be eligible for Law Center funding and subject to Law Center tuition and fees in their first year, Main Campus funding and tuition levels in their second year, and Law Center Funding and tuition arrangements for all subsequent years.

MAGES/MPP

The BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES), the McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP) and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin offer a three-year dual degree program leading to a Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) and Master of Public Policy (MPP). Students will have the option of spending either their second year, or the spring term of their second year, at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

The Program

The dual degree program requires three years of full time study. Successful completion requires achieving 72 credits, comprised of 36 MPP credit hours and 36 MAGES credit hours.

In order to achieve the MAGES/MPP degree, students must:

  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Write a thesis in the MPP Thesis Workshop, subject to the conditions listed below
  • Pass the MAGES oral exam in the fall of their third year
  • Satisfy the MAGES language requirements
    • Oral proficiency in a European language other than English
    • Written proficiency in a second European language other than English
  • The dual degree combines MPP and the MAGES degree requirements.
Admissions and Financial Aid

Applicants to the dual degree program must apply independently to both programs (MAGES and MPP) and will be admitted to the individual programs based on the recommendations of each program’s admissions committee. Applicants admitted to both individual programs will then be considered by a separate MAGES/MPP admission committee for admission to the dual degree program.

Applicants must complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for the MAGES program. Applicants must also submit a separate application packet for the MPP program. Students will pay tuition for all three years to Georgetown University (regardless of whether the second year of study is spent at Hertie or at Georgetown).

BSFS/MAGES 

This accelerated program allows select highly-qualified Georgetown undergraduate students receiving their BSFS degree from the School of Foreign Service to complete their MAGES degree requirements in just one additional year of study. Applications must be submitted in the student's junior year and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are a BSFS undergraduate interested in this unique opportunity, you must have a joint meeting with the Supervisor of Academic Programs at MAGES and the undergraduate dean responsible for accelerated programs prior to submitting your application. Please contact the Supervisor of Academic Programs at the BMW Center for German and European Studies for more information about the degree and to set up the joint meeting.