Five happy students hand in their MA theses.

Five happy students hand in their MA theses

We have lots of information here to help you find your way through your program.  But you may still have questions!  If that's the case, we're here to help.

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Why do an MA or PhD in German at Waterloo?

Where to begin? There are so many reasons - active and engaged students, friendly faculty, interesting guest lectures, awesome library. But we'd like to draw your attention to three key features of our grad programs:

  1. We offer very strong programming in cultural studies - we cover literature, film, and theory across all periods and genres.
  2. We offer very strong programming in applied linguistics. Theory, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, computer-assisted language learning - we do it all.
  3. We offer excellent training for both academic and non-academic careers. With us you'll gain in-depth, guided experience in teaching language and culture courses, both in-class and online. But if you don't want to become a prof, we help you identify the skills you gain in graduate study and market them in other fields.

If you'd like to know more, please head over to our programs page. And if you've grown tired of watching cat videos on YouTube, why not watch our videos on research and the student experience instead? Or even the videos where the profs tell you about themselves?

Important information for International Applicants 

(25 Nov 2020)

Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is not currently accepting international applicants to its PhD programs.  The Department of German & Slavic Studies will be unable to admit PhD applicants who require study permits for the 2021-2022 academic year and until further notice.  Limited numbers of international applicants to MA programs and to the IcGS MA program can still be accepted.

The Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo deeply values the contributions of international students in our graduate programs. The current application constraint is entirely based on University and government budget models, making it financially unfeasible for Arts to accommodate a larger cohort of international students.