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Graduate Program in German

Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 9:25am

The graduate program in German welcomes high quality, motivated students seeking a graduate degree with an interdisciplinary focus. We believe that German is studied often most productively with interdisciplinary, international or intercultural goals in mind. To study German here in North America means looking in from the outside. To study German in the 21st century means linking it to issues and concerns relevant to other cultures, languages, histories and modes of thinking. We encourage research in German in conjunction with, for example:

  • Education

  • English

  • Film

  • Fine Arts

  • French

  • History

  • Linguistics

  • Music

  • Philosophy

  • Spanish

M.A. students in our department have ample research and teaching opportunities. They receive training in second language teaching and the teaching of culture and literature. They also have the opportunity to develop their research skills by working on the many and varied research projects of faculty members. Members of the department work in close connection with the recently established Language Research Centre, and this collaboration provides many exciting research opportunities for graduate students in the areas of second language acquisition and pedagogy.

If you are interested in connecting German with other fields and disciplines; if you are thinking about teaching and research – the MA program in German might be for you.

Program Requirements

Students are expected to bring to the program sufficient German language skills to undertake the research they wish to pursue.

Within the program, students will normally complete six half courses (three full-course equivalents) as partial fulfilment of the M.A. degree requirements. For programs with an interdisciplinary focus, some of these courses will be in other departments. An individualized reading course is also often part of a student's program.

This program is thesis-based, and a written thesis proposal must be submitted by the sixteenth month of the program. The required form [link to Thesis Proposal – form in folder] explains the process in greater detail.

Most students complete the program in two years, and maximum completion time is four years.


The M.A. program in German offers exceptional funding to its students.

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Information for international students

Pursuing an MA degree in German in Canada means capitalizing on a number of opportunities: The MA program in German encourages interdisciplinary work that combines the study of German in the widest sense with a number of other disciplinary perspectives. The University of Calgary particularly fosters inter- and multi-disciplinarity. Studying at a Canadian university also means capitalizing on a vibrant multicultural perspective that is evident in much of the course offerings at Canadian institutions. The MA program in German will allow you to connect the study of German to other cultures and disciplines and help you gain an international perspective that has become more important than ever in the 21st century.

Tuition Fees for International Students:

The University of Calgary has higher tuition fees for international students than for domestic ones. However, the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures has a policy of returning the international fee differential (75 %) to international graduate students.

Faculty members

Dr. Cornelia Burian

Dr. Cheryl Dueck

Dr. Sandra Hoenle 

Dr. Mary Grantham O'Brien 

Dr. Lena Schuett

Dr. Florentine Strzelczyk 

Dr. Jan Suselbeck

Dr. Martin Wagner