M.A. Program

The Master of Arts in German and European Studies program is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study.

Beginning with a set of required core courses, each of which frames European studies from a particular disciplinary vantage point, students then pursue their own tailored concentrations or an approved graduate certificate through the selection of integrated clusters of electives. Elective courses may be taken at the School of Foreign Service, the School of Business, the Public Policy Institute, the Law Center, and the departments of government, history, and economics.
 
Degree Requirements
  • 48 semester hours, including the 18-credit hour required core curriculum, 6 credits of interdisciplinary electives and 24 credits of free electives
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two foreign language examinations: by completion of the program, students must demonstrate oral proficiency in one European language other than English, and reading ability in a second European language other than English
  • Oral examination
  • Master's Project and participation in the MAGES Colloquium
FALL SEMESTER EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE

The BMW Center is very pleased to announce an expansion of our ongoing partnership with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, effective 2017-2018. Hertie is a private, international school of public policy located in Berlin Mitte (Friedrichstrasse). Alongside our three-year, dual MAGES-MPP/Hertie degree program, we are launching a new fall semester exchange program beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

This exchange program is designed to enable select MAGES students to spend their third semester at the Hertie School. The working language at Hertie is English, and the exchange will specifically be with their new Master of International Affairs (MIA) program. If you are looking to add an international component to your M.A. program, this will be a fantastic opportunity to study in the heart of Europe. Up to five second-year students from the Walsh School of Foreign Service will have the opportunity to spend the fall 2017 semester (beginning of September through mid-December) at Hertie; students in the MAGES program will be given priority consideration. A list of potential courses can be found here.

For more information on this new exchange opportunity and further details about the application process, please contact Carolina Solms-Baruth, Supervisor of Academic Programs.

MAGES Admissions and Additional Information

Apply by January 15 to join the MAGES program next fall. For more information, please visit our Admissions Page. Please email us if you would like to set up a visit to the BMW Center or if you have additional questions. You may also call the BMW Center by phone at 202-687-5602. 


Read more about the Master of Arts in German and European Studies program in our brochure:

 

 


SAMPLE CURRICULUM 
FIRST SEMESTER
Core: Modern German & European History
Core: Politics in Europe & the European Union
Core: The European Economy
Interdisciplinary Elective* 
Optional Language Course
SECOND SEMESTER
Core: Theorizing Culture
Interdisciplinary Elective*
Elective*
Elective*
Optional Language Course
SUMMER
Internship, Language Study, or Research
THIRD SEMESTER
Core: International Relations in Europe
Elective* or Internship for Credit
Elective*
Elective*
Optional Language Course
FOURTH SEMESTER
MAGES Master's Project Seminar
Elective*
Elective*
Elective*
Optional Language Course

*Two interdisciplinary electives are required for the MAGES degree. Other elective slots are used to build a concentration or earn a graduate certificate.