B.A. / M.A. Program


The College of Arts and Science (CAS) and the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) offer students the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in German in a shorter period of time and at less cost than is normally the case.

The B.A./M.A. program in German is designed to prepare undergraduate students for career choices requiring advanced knowledge of German language, literature, and culture or a sophisticated understanding of the German intellectual and critical traditions. The four-year undergraduate component of the program includes one semester of study abroad and leads to the B.A. degree. Students in this portion of the program develop their language skills and cultural awareness and examine significant works and authors of German literature.


Students in CAS and Global Liberal Studies (GLS) may apply to the program once they have completed a minimum of 48 credits toward the bachelor's degree (with at least 16 of these points completed at NYU), but generally not more than 96 credits, and prior to their final two semesters. They must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies for application to the combined degree program.

Students must also meet the following minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the program:

  • Primary major in German;
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and a GPA of at least 3.6 in German;
  • A minimum of two semesters remaining in CAS or GLS during which they are still working towards completion of undergraduate requirements (e.g., Core, major, minor, and/or  minimum credit requirements);
  • Satisfactory completion at NYU, by the start of the first semester in the program, of at least two 4-point courses in German at the advanced level;
  • Evidence of overall language competency in German sufficient for successful advanced undergraduate and graduate study.

In addition, strong applicants for the Bachelor's/Master's program in German will have completed or will plan to complete all the requisite coursework for the German major, in particular GERM-UA 152 (Introduction to German Literature).


Please refer to the Bachelor's/Master's website for admission deadlines and instructions. If you have questions about the admissions process or the program in general, please contact Scott Statland (scott.statland@nyu.edu), Academic Advisor for CAS and Associate Director for Juniors and Inter-School Programs. You may schedule an appointment with Scott by calling 212-998-8130.


Students in the program must satisfy all requirements of both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees; there is no double-counting of courses. In order to complete the program in five years, students are expected to complete at least a quarter of the graduate courses required for the Master's degree before earning the Bachelor's. For the German Master's program, students are advised to complete a minimum of two graduate courses (8 credits) towards the Master's degree while still undergraduates.

If you are an admitted Bachelor's/Master's student who will begin graduate coursework in the fall or spring semester, we advise you to take one or more of the following courses, if offered: GERM-GA 1115 (Origins of German Critical Thought I), GERM-GA 1116 (Origins of German Critical Thought II), and GERM-GA 2703 (Poetics and Theory Seminar).

Admitted students, as well as those with questions about graduate course selection or sequencing should contact Leif Weatherby (leif.weatherby@nyu.edu), Director of Graduate Studies, for advisement.

study abroad

Undergraduates accepted into the B.A./M.A. program are required to spend at least one semester studying abroad in one of the NYU exchange programs in a German-speaking country. The study abroad requirement may be waived by the department in consideration of special circumstances. Summer study in an approved program may be used to satisfy the study abroad requirement.

master's thesis

Students are required at the end of the fifth year of the program to submit a master's thesis, which should represent the culmination of a longer-term research effort.

scholarship and financial aid

Students admitted into the Bachelor's/Master's program are eligible for a tuition scholarship covering 50% of the credits required for the Master's portion of the program. For more information, please visit the Bachelor's/Master's website.


Interested students should review the information on the Bachelor's/Master's website, including its Frequently Asked Questions section. Students who wish to meet in person to discuss eligibility or admissions should call 212-998-8130 to schedule an appointment with Scott Statland (scott.statland@nyu.edu), Associate Director for Juniors and Inter-School Programs, whose office is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC, 18 Washington Place). Those wishing to discuss specific aspects of the German Master's program should schedule an appointment with Christopher Wood (christopher.wood@nyu.edu), Director of Graduate Studies.