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Goethe University Frankfurt


M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Language & Literary Studies, Linguistics
English only
Winter semester: 31 Aug
Summer semester: 28 Feb
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Both semesters
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction 
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in linguistics or a program with a similar context. The examination board decides whether the content corresponds or not. In cases of doubt, admission to the master’s program will depend on an entry examination that students have to pass.

Minimum standard period of study: 6 semesters.

In individual cases, applicants with a bachelor’s degree from another German or foreign university may be admitted to the master’s program subject to additional course work and module assessments worth up to 30 CP in order to establish equivalence with the bachelor’s program Linguistics at the Goethe University. The exact extent of such additional requirements is determined by the Admissions Board.

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive master’s program (namely the bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the program with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorized to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid for 6 mοnths.

Language Requirements

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

CEFR English
min B2
min 110
min 270
min 6.5
min B2 First (FCE)
Specification: At least `Good’ in each section.
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: At least `Good’ in each section.
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Specification: At least `Good’ in each section.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Test demonstrating English competence has to be completed no more than 2 years prior to the time of application. English language knowledge can also be proven by a completed bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, or equivalent qualification in Linguistics with English as the language of instruction from either a German or foreign university, or equivalent qualification in English or American Studies.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

In 11 days free webinar
How to apply via uni-assist

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
without admission restriction 
Admission Test/Interview:
Application Fee:
free of charge

Application Documents

Documents to be submitted:

  1. If you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt: university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels).
  2. Bachelor’s degree certificate.
  3. If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    • A transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study program and average grade.
  4. Proof of English language skills (see language requirements).
  5. APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam, China, and Mongolia (οriginal).


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Further Information

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