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How to Apply

To apply to our program you will need to submit your application to the Rackham Graduate School. For your convenience, the Rackham Application Checklist will assist you in completing the steps in the application process. In addition to following the steps identified in the Checklist, follow the instructions that appear throughout the application. Please note that there are differences in requirements for domestic and international applicants. Following the instructions will allow the processing of your application to be handled with minimal delays.

Application materials are due January 10.

Timing of the Decision

The Graduate Faculty of Germanic Languages & Literatures (GLL) will review applications and make decisions on admission promptly after the admission deadline and you will be informed about the outcome of your application by email.

Application Fee

The application fee is $75.00 for domestic applicants (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents) and $90.00 for international applicants (non-U.S. Citizens who are not Permanent Residents).

Application Fee Waivers

Rackham administers fee waivers. To qualify you must meet the requirements for a specific fee waiver listed on the following website. One Rackham administered fee waiver is allowed per applicant.

If you've participated in a Sneak Peek event hosted by the German Department, you may be eligible for a fee waiver from our department. Please contact or call 734.936.0150.

Application Requirements

Please follow the detailed instructions in the sections below to submit your application. 

Contact Information

If you have questions about the application process (application requirements, GRE test score requirements, deadlines, status of your application's review), please contact our department by email at or call 734.936.0150. Please note that the university is closed December 25-January 2.  

If you or your recommender need technical assistance regarding the application or recommendation system, please email ApplyWeb at Include the following information: user name, full name, email address, and phone number. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

Rackham Admissions provides information on its website about English language proficiency, how to set up a Friend Account, missing test scores, and incorrect information on your application record. Please do not follow the directions on Rackham's website regarding transcripts. The instructions listed here are the correct instructions.