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Graduate Programs (MA and PhD)

The Department of Germanic Studies is housed in the heart of Chicago in UIC’s School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics. Our department is particularly attuned to the linkages between German culture, transnational identities, and urban spaces. UIC is proud to be recognized as of one of the five most ethnically and culturally diverse campuses in the United States and amongst those ranked most highly on the Social Mobility Index. In the Germanic Studies department we actively foster dialogues with the diverse cultural and social groups represented in the university and in the greater Chicago area. Graduate students can gain interdepartmental concentrations in Black Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Jewish Studies, and they can study in Berlin through our exchange program with the Humboldt University.


  • All students accepted into the program receive support through teaching and graduate assistantships, fellowships, or Board of Trustees tuition waivers.
  • Annually, three students receive a Max Kade fellowship to focus on research.
  • Many students win competitive grants through the UIC Graduate College, such as the multi-year University Fellowship, the Graduate Research Award and the Provost’s Graduate Research Award.
  • Annually, the Department awards prizes for scholarship and teaching.
  • Funding to support summer research and development programs is available through the Jacobson’s “Bridges” Award.
  • A year-long exchange allows students to study at Humboldt University and earn UIC credit.

Professional Mentoring

  • Participate in faculty-led teaching internships in General Education and major courses.
  • Receive individual academic mentoring from your advisor (on grant and fellowship applications, conferences, CV writing, etc.).
  • Attend workshops that focus on professional development (how to write teaching statements, application letters, prepare for job interviews, etc.).
  • Present your research in conferences and colloquia organized by the Department.

Development in Teaching Abilities

Our Students

  • Learn about our recent student placements in a wide variety of professional positions within and beyond the Academy.
  • Become part of an international student body. Our students and recent graduates come from 13 different countries.
  • Join a successful cohort of students: our students have received awards from such prestigious organizations as the DAAD, the Max Kade Foundation, the Holocaust Museum, the Chicago Jewish Historical Society, among others.
  • Collaborate with peers on organizing and hosting an interdisciplinary graduate student conference and in publishing research.

Our City

  • Take advantage of an intellectually stimulating, urban environment. Our students utilize the resources of many nearby cultural institutions: the Goethe Institute, Newberry Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the multiple film festivals in Chicago, etc.
  • Discover our vibrant urban campus located minutes away from the center of one of America’s most exciting cities.


For more information about our program, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies.

Application Instructions & Deadlines

For Current Students