University of Göttingen


M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Language and Literary Studies
English only
Summer semester:  01 Dec
Winter semester:  01 Jun
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Both semesters
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

Evidence must be submitted of credits in general linguistics, linguistics or specific philology to the extent of at least 60 C, including a total of at least 36 C from the areas of syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics, empiricism (language courses in philological subjects, psycholinguistics and/or corpus-based data acquisition); academic achievement in language practice can be considered as relevant for the MA program up to 12 credits.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CERF English
min C1
min III
min B2 First (FCE)
Specification: At least grade A (180 points).
min 6.5
min 110
PTE Academic
min 76
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
Successful completion of a test must not be more than three years prior to the date of your application for admission. Proof of adequate proficiency in the English language can also be provided by successfully completing a course of study in which English proficiency at CEFR level C1 or higher is specified as an accredited competence objective in the Diploma Supplement. Proficiency in German is not required. You can also provide English proficiency at the B2 level only if you provide too proficiency in the German language, by providing the DSH at level 2, TDN at level 4, or by passing the "PrĂŒfungsteil Deutsch" of the "FeststellungsprĂŒfung" at a German preparatory college. Check the program website for this special requirement.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:April 01 (German)April 01 (EU)April 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:October 01 (German)October 01 (EU)October 01 (Non EU)

Special Deadline Case:
Winter semester: Additional application period: September 15th – September 30th (this only applies for applicants from EU countries and for applicants with a resident permit for Germany).
Summer semester: Additional application period: March 15th – March 31st (this only applies for applicants from EU countries and for applicants with a resident permit for Germany).

Application Procedure & Selection

Admission test/interview:
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

The following application documents are required:

  1. Bachelor's degree certificate with a transcript of records. If the originals are not in English or German, these documents have to be submitted additionally in the form of certified German or English translations. You may apply for a place in any of the master's programs even if you have not yet fully completed your bachelor's degree. If you fulfill the program requirements, you can be conditionally admitted and you can enroll, even if you have not completed your bachelor's degree. Please note, though, that your bachelor's degree must be completed by November 15 (application for the winter semester) or by May 15 (application for the summer semester). Göttingen students do not have to hand in their bachelor's diplomas separately as the alumni list is kept at the Faculty. However, it is strongly recommended that Göttingen students keep a close eye on the list of grades in FlexNow to make sure that all grades are entered in due time.
  2. CV in German or English with a meaningful representation of the education.
  3. If necessary, appropriate documentation to prove specific language skills for the chosen MA program, if special access requirements have been defined (see language requirements).
  4. If necessary, descriptions of the finished BA courses.
  5. Placement in a higher semester If you apply for a placement in a higher semester of a master's degree program (with a planned relocation to Göttingen), further documentation of respective studies and/or appropriate credit certificates must be included.

Applications that are received incomplete, not in due form, or past the deadlines are excluded from further proceedings.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website