Master of Arts in German

There are hundreds of German companies in Michigan and throughout the Midwest, including Mercedes Benz, Detroit Diesel, Daimler, Thyssen, and BASF. The deep research and language skills acquired in an M.A. program can help you secure an excellent job in Detroit or globally.

Our master of arts in German provides advanced training in language, literature, and culture. Students who complete the program gain skills in translation, textual analysis, and intercultural competency. Applicants must demonstrate competency in German.

Previous graduates of our program hold a variety of high school and college-level teaching positions, have gone on to receive a Ph.D. at Wayne State and other universities. Our graduates have obtained employment in the automotive industry and with other private-sector employers.

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Graduate year in Germany

Students accepted into the German graduate program have the opportunity to earn graduate credit towards a Master of Arts in German while spending two semesters studying at the University of Munich. The opportunity is made possible by the cooperation of the Junior Year in Munich Program, which facilitates the student's matriculation, registration, and housing in Munich.

All students must first be admitted to the German graduate program before they will be considered eligible to participate in this option.

Students already enrolled are eligible to participate upon successful completion of 16 graduate credits within the department with a grade of B or better, approval of the M.A. Plan of Work, and/or the approval of the graduate advisor.

Students who wish to spend their first year of graduate study in Munich must complete their studies on the WSU campus in order to receive the M.A. degree.

While in Germany the student will complete a minimum of eight credits per semester. WSU credit will be granted only for those classes approved in advance by the graduate adviser and for which the student has earned "benotete Scheine."

Important: Interested students must inform the graduate advisor in writing of their desire to participate in this option by March 15.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.