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.


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.


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 German Department’s website.