To apply to the PhD program in Germanic Studies you must submit your application through the Division of the Humanities Admissions website by mid-December for admission the following fall quarter. Once submitted, your application will be forwarded to our department for review.

We encourage all applicants to contact faculty members in your proposed field of study to introduce yourself and ask questions.

The application typically opens in October. Please check the Division of the Humanities website for details as they are updated.


Brigitte Riesebrodt, “September” (2012), oil, wax, pigment on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Brigitte Riesebrodt, “September” (2012), oil, wax, pigment on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Admissions Decisions

All admissions decisions are sent by the Division of the Humanities admissions office through the online application system in mid-February. No decision information can be given by phone or email from the department. Unless you are contacted by the department, please direct all questions about your application directly to

Master of Arts Degree

Our department does not offer a stand-alone MA program. Instead, the Division of the Humanities has a one-year Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, in which students can choose to concentrate in Germanic Studies and complete an MA thesis supervised by a faculty member.

Additional Information and Contacts

Tours of campus are available for prospective or admitted graduate students. These tours, led by current graduate students, are managed by UChicagoGRAD. Please contact their office directly if you would like to register for a tour.