The MA degree provides students a solid foundation in the discipline. After completing a small set of core requirements, students may pursue their individual interests from among the courses offered by faculty who specialize in German Applied Linguistics and Literature and Film Studies, and other affiliated departments at the University.

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Make sure to also take a look at our exchange program with Germany!

Program of study

  • The MA program offers students a solid introduction to some of the basics of advanced study in German. As an MA student, you will begin your studies with Methods of Research, a course which introduces you to the most important skills for succeeding at graduate study.  In addition, you choose additional seminars from a range of courses.  Recent seminars have included Goethe in Performance, From Indo-European to Standard German, Narrative Theory and Hypertext, Literary Theory in the Third Reich, Discourse Analysis, Applied Language Didactics, Literature since Wende, and Comparative German and Canadian Literature and Culture. Our seminars run for three hours per week, and usually have between five and ten students.  The language of instruction is English and/or German.
  • As a candidate for an MA, you have three options: (1) thesis option; (2) master's research paper option; (3) courses only option. If you choose the thesis option, you are required to take four courses in addition to the Methods of Research course, and write a thesis under the close supervision of a faculty member.  The research paper option would see you take six courses in addition to Methods of Research, and you would write a long research paper instead of a thesis.  The courses-only option means you will take seven courses in addition to Methods of Research.
  • Normally, you can expect to spend two semesters completing course work, and then one to two semesters working on your thesis or master’s research paper.  (If you select the Courses Only option, you can spread your courses out over three terms.) In addition, you may wish to take advantage of our exchange programs with Universität Mannheim and Universität Bamberg.  Many of our graduate students have spent an unforgettable semester or year living and studying in Germany. 
  • We also welcome up to 10 students from Mannheim and Bamberg into our MA program annually, and their presence gives our department a strong connection to contemporary German culture.
  • Most students in our program also gain experience as teaching assistants.  Each semester you will receive a teaching assignment that usually consists of providing teaching and marking support for a language course.  In September every year we offer a workshop to help prepare you for these duties.
  • Our graduate students have access to some excellent resources here at the university.  The library’s collection of books and journals in the humanities, and specifically German studies, is excellent, and also contains archives on Canadian-German history and culture.  We also encourage students to develop their professional skills by integrating professional development into our graduate seminars.  We provide opportunities for students to present papers on research topics at colloquia here on campus, and some give papers at scholarly conferences
  • Our faculty members offer expertise in various fields.  We have professors who are all active in research and teaching.  Currently we are particularly strong in the fields of literary studies from the 18th to the 21st centuries, film studies, literary theory, sociolinguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and second language acquisition theories.  We are a friendly, dedicated group of individuals who realize the importance of providing graduate students with individual intellectual support during their studies.

Application deadline

February 1st is the normal application deadline, but we can accept applications at any time.

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