The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Fields (areas of research)

  • Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition
  • Literature and Film Studies
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Master's
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • 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
  • References 
    • Number of references:  2
    • Type of references: 

      academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Candidates may wish to combine their graduate work in German with another discipline. Such programs are welcome upon the approval of the departments involved. Students who wish to obtain their MA in three terms will normally write a thesis. Students intending to enter the PhD program are strongly advised to write an MA thesis.

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete GER 600 Methods of Research and at least 4 other GER graduate courses (with a 0.50 credit weight per unit).
    • Candidates must obtain a minimum overall average of 75% in the courses presented in fulfilment of the degree requirements.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Link(s) to graduate courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • Master’s Thesis
    • The Master’s Thesis comprises a Master’s Thesis Prospectus, the Master’s Thesis (should be 80 pages in length), and the Master’s Thesis Defence. The Defence is normally public.
      Guidelines for the Thesis Prospectus and the Thesis Defence are available from the Department.

    Master's Research Paper option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete GER 600 Method of Research and at least 5 other GER graduate courses (with a 0.50 credit weight per unit).
    • Candidates must obtain a minimum overall average of 75% in the courses presented in fulfilment of the degree requirements.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Link(s) to graduate courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • Master’s Research Paper
    • The Master’s Research Paper consists of an in-depth study of an approved topic; the research paper may grow out of a formal course; but cannot be an expansion of a paper for which the student has received credit; the research paper will be between 30 and 40 pages and written in accordance with the MLA Handbook; the research paper will demonstrate that the student has a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and is familiar with the major research related to it. The research paper is read by the research supervisor and one other faculty member. There is no oral examination.

    Coursework option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete GER 600 Methods of Research and at least 7 other graduate courses with a minimum weight of 0.50 units each. A minimum of 5 graduate courses must be taken within the Department (GER courses). These courses must also require a substantial piece of research (project or essay).
    • Candidates must obtain a minimum overall average of 75% in the courses presented in fulfillment of the degree requirements.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Link(s) to graduate courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop