The MA in German and European Studies (MAGES) curriculum is designed to provide a firm rooting in each of the program's five disciplines (comparative politics, cultural studies, economics, history, and international relations) while remaining flexible for students to develop individual concentrations that reflect their personal interests and professional goals. Students can also pursue a certificate in a technical or regional area as their concentration in the MAGES program.

While students may enter the MAGES program with a fairly firm idea about their desired areas of specialization, the first semester of the MAGES program may re-shape preferences. Students are asked to work with their faculty advisor to declare their concentration at the beginning of the second semester.

Some sample concentrations that former MAGES students have self-designed are:

  • Comparative Economic Policy
  • Comparative Government
  • Comparative International Education
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary European Cinema
  • Corporate Responsibility in Europe
  • Cultural Politics of European Security
  • Diplomacy and International Security
  • Energy, the Environment and Transatlantic Relations
  • EU Enlargement
  • EU Food and Agricultural Policy
  • EU Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations
  • EU-Latin American Relations and Economic Development
  • EU-Russian Relations: Energy Politics
  • EU-Turkish Relations
  • European Business and Transatlantic Affairs
  • European Environment History
  • European Imperialism
  • Foreign Aid, Investment and Development
  • History, Culture and Politics of European Transitions to Capitalism
  • Human Rights in the EU
  • International Business and Diplomacy
  • International Economics and Finance
  • International Law and Negotiations
  • Multilingualism and Minority Rights
  • Muslims in Europe in a Post-9/11 World
  • Nationalism and Political Identity in European Integration
  • Non-EU Member States in the Broad Neighborhood of Europe
  • Private Sector Development in Emerging Markets
  • Post-Socialist Politics in Europe
  • Post-War German History, Culture and Society
  • Public Diplomacy and International Security
  • Regional Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Telecommunications Policy and Globalization
  • Transatlantic Regulatory Policy
  • Transatlantic Security and Counterterrorism