How To Apply


Application deadline for first consideration for grants and stipends March 1, 2016

Prospective students for the MA, MAT or Dual MA programs should:

  • have an undergraduate major in German or
  • have a German minor with at least an intermediate-high level of German and/ or a record of study in a German-speaking country.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted in exceptional circumstances provided they are willing to make up their deficiencies as specified by the graduate coordinator.

The department looks for a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 both overall and in German.

Please note that an additional requirement for the MAT program is that it is open only to licensed teachers with at least one year of teaching experience, as the MAT itself does not offer a path to licensure.

To apply, you will need to route your materials in two directions:

To the Graduate College

  • Complete an online application for admission to the Graduate College.
  • Mail the check or money order [payable to BGSU) to the Graduate College along with all of the additional materials detailed on their web page.
  • Send to the Graduate College two official transcripts (directly from the institution) from all the institutions attended.
  • Have your GRE scores sent to the Graduate College. For information about the GRE and how to register for the exam, see: [BGSU’s institutional code is 1069.) Please be advised that the Graduate College must receive your GRE scores before your application can be completely processed.

To the Department

  • Complete the department application form. Completing an application for the program will allow you to be considered for financial support. Note that Dual degree applicants must also follow all departmental-level application instructions for the other program.
  • Mail three letters of recommendation (Language Reference Form - Academic Reference Form) to the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these recommendations should be from individuals who will comment on your proficiency in German. 1 recommendation should address your critical thinking skills and your ability to do research.
  • A writing sample. The writing sample should be an academic paper that you wrote in German or English and that you believe reflects your potential for graduate-level study.

Please send all Department application materials to:

Graduate Coordinator/German

Department of German, Russian & East Asian Languages

103 Shatzel Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0215

The policy of the Department of German, Russian & East Asian Languages is to begin reviewing completed applications on March 1, and to continue reviewing later applications on a rolling basis until enrollment is full.