Entrance Requirements, Application Timeline, and Checklist

The M.A. in German and European Studies (MAGES) is an interdisciplinary 2-year master's program endowing graduates with expertise in political science, economics, history, and cultural studies with a regional focus on Europe. We seek applications from passionate, driven students with an abiding interest in international affairs or Europe.

Prospective MAGES students are encouraged to connect with our Supervisor of Academic Programs, Zoe Ziliak Michel, as soon as possible to learn more about the program. Prospective students may also wish to write to MAGES faculty members with whom they may wish to work while pursuing their degree.

Interested students also benefit from visiting the BMW Center or meeting with Zoe at a recruitment fair across the US or Europe.

Entrance Requirements

Good candidates for admission generally meet these criteria:

  • Three years of college-level instruction in a European language other than English
  • GRE score of at least 150 for quantitative and verbal sections and 4.5 for analytical writing
  • If applicable, a score of at least 100 on the TOEFL or 7.5 on the IELTS
  • Internship, work, and/or research experience demonstrating an abiding interest in Europe and/or international affairs

Additionally, MAGES applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) by the time they matriculate. Current bachelor's students may apply in their senior year, so long as they will complete all requirements for the undergraduate degree before the August in which they begin the MAGES degree.

Application Checklist

Applicants must submit the following 10 items to the Office of Graduate Admissions by January 15, 2019. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all materials are submitted online and postmarked by the application deadline.

  • Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose (500 words in length, in English)
  • Three Official Recommendation Letters; at least two of which should be from academic references (to be submitted via the form in the online application)
  • Official Transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Official Test Scores: GRE (required) and TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)
  • Academic Writing Sample, written in English 
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all documentation has been received.

Recommended Timeline for Applying:

By November 18 – Register for the GRE Test and TOEFL or IELTS (if necessary), start studying!
                                       Request your three letter of recommendation from professors/supervisors  by 12/16/18     
                                       Request your transcript(s) to be sent to Georgetown

By November 25 – Begin your online application
                                       Choose your academic writing sample
                                       Start preparing your academic statement of purpose

By December 2 –  Follow up with your recommenders, share your academic statement of purpose with them
                                    Review your resume/CV and get feedback from the career center or a friend/colleague

By December 9 –  Finalize your academic statement of purpose and get feedback from a professor/colleague

By December 15 – Take the GRE & TOEFL/IELTS Test (if necessary), scores must be in at Georgetown by 1/15/19

By January 6 –   Upload resume/CV, statement of purpose, MAGES supplemental form and writing sample
                                 Complete your online application
                                 Pay application fee and submit your application
                                 Make sure your recommenders have submitted their letters to support your application

Application Fee Refunds and Waivers

The standard application fee for the program is $90. However, many students qualify to have the application fee waived or refunded.

All applicants who submit their complete applications by December 1 will have their application fee refunded. To qualify, applicants must submit their complete application, including all letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts, by midnight on December 1. These applicants will pay the $90 application fee up-front and then receive a refund in late December or early January.

Additionally, the following groups of applicants are eligible for fee waivers (and do not need to meet the early Decembe 1 deadline). To arrange for your fee waiver, contact Zoe Ziliak Michel and Christina Ruby no later than January 2 to verify your eligibility.

Dual Degree Applications

MAGES offers multiple dual degree options. Applicants for the MAGES/Ph.D., MAGES/MPP, and MAGES/J.D. program must submit two online applications, one for each program applied to (e.g. one for the MAGES program and one for the Ph.D. in history). It is recommended that applicants write an sumit separate statements of purpose for each degree application.

MAGES/J.D. applicants must submit LSAT scores to the Georgetown Law Center as well as submitting GRE scores to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office.

Applicants should indicate on the online application that they are applying for a dual degree program.

Undergraduate juniors from Georgetown University who are interested in applying for the five-year accelerated MAGES/BSFS program should contact MAGES for more information