German - MA (Intercultural German Studies) at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School Germanic & Slavic Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

March 31 (for admission in September)

Delivery mode On-campus (Waterloo/Mannheim campus)
Program type Joint, Master's, Research
Length of program 24 months (full-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time
Study option(s) Thesis
Research field(s) - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student’s research concentration

Applied Linguistics/Language Acquisition

Literature/Media Studies

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Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.

What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • A four-year Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in German Studies or a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences if evidence justifying admission is offered (with sufficient German proficiency; normally level B2).
  • Minimum average of 78% overall 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.


Application material

  • Resume
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • Outlining intellectual interests and reasons for applying; international study and work experiences, as well as academic honours, or presentations or publications should be included.
    • Review the writing your personal statement resources  for helpful tips and tricks on completing this form
  • Transcript(s)
  • References
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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Program Contact

Yessenia Guerrero at
519-888-4567, ext. 45710