Master of Arts - German Language and Literature

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The major goal of a university education is to enable citizens to reason, analyse, problem-solve, and communicate in a world of cultural variations. The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Memorial University understands that a wide range of personal and professional experiences can spark an interest in continuing advanced studies in German. As a result, it welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of aims.

The cultural and linguistic understanding gained in graduate German studies prepares students for work, continued study, or both. Students interested in teaching jobs are invited to take part in Memorial's Teaching Skills Enhancement Program.

The MA programme consists of courses and a thesis and is typically completed in two years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Topics in Modern Technology, Literature and Culture
  • The Other in German-language Literature and Culture
  • Topics in the History of the German Language
  • Bibliography and Research Methods
  • Issues in Early German Literature and Culture I
  • Topics in Early German Literature and Culture II
  • Topics in Early Modern German Literature and Culture I
  • Topics in Early Modern German Literature and Culture II
  • Topics in Modern German Literature and Culture I
  • Topics in Modern German Literature and Culture II
  • Topics in Contemporary German Literature and Culture I
  • Topics in Contemporary German Literature and Culture II
  • Propaganda and Censorship
  • Special Subject or Author I
  • Special Subject or Author II
  • Special Topics in German Studies


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum second class honours) in an appropriate area of study.
  • Official transcript
  • Letters of appraisal (2)
  • Non-refundable application fee

Additional documents may be required to better assess the application (writing sample in German); an interview may also be required

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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