How to apply

The application process for graduate school is handled by the Graduate Studies Office. An online application is required.

If you need any assistance with your application, we're only too happy to help. Please contact us.

Admission requirements

If you're not sure whether your credentials or experience meet our admission requirements, please contact us - every student's situation is different, and we are often able to figure things out.

MA in German

Minimum requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in German with at least a 75% standing

  • Application materials

  • Supplementary information form

  • Transcript(s)

  • Writing sample

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)


  • Number of references: 2

  • Type of references: academic

MA in Intercultural German Studies (IcGS)

Minimum requirements

  • An Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in German Studies, or an Honours Bachelor’s degree in another field with substantial German studies exposure.

  • Minimum average of 78% overall, and 80% in all German courses in final two years.

  • Students whose native language is neither English nor German and who have not taken their first degree in a program taught in either language will have their language skills assessed by the admitting university.

  • While every student will be registered at both the University of Waterloo and the Universität Mannheim during the two-year program, students should apply to the university that they will consider their home-university, via that university’s application system. This means that Canadian students should apply to the University of Waterloo while German students should apply to the Universität Mannheim.

  • Students whose undergraduate degrees are not considered closely related enough to the German Studies field may be admitted to the University of Waterloo’s regular Master of Arts (MA) in German program with the possibility of switching into the joint MA in Intercultural German Studies program after completing one or more courses determined by the Graduate Officer.

Application materials

  • Résumé
  • Supplementary information form:
    • Outlining intellectual interests and reasons for applying; international study and work experiences, as well as academic honours, or presentations or publications should be included
  • Transcript(s)
    • From all other post-secondary institutions


PhD in German

Minimum requirements

  • A Master of Arts (MA) degree or its equivalent in German with a 78% overall grade average.

  • A study proposal.

  • Application materials.

  • Supplementary information form.

  • Transcript(s).

  • Writing sample.


Please also check out the website of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for further information on how to apply and take a look at this recorded webinar on preparing your graduate application:

Remote video URL

Additional information

  • For additional information, please visit the Guidelines page