German Language and Literature

Why German Language and Literature @ Memorial?

Learning another language fulfills the primary purpose of a university education: to prepare citizens to reason, analyse, problem-solve and communicate in a world of cultural differences. Memorial’s Department of German Language and Literature recognizes that interest in pursuing advanced studies in German may be stimulated by a wide variety of personal and professional experiences. It welcomes, therefore, students with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of goals.

The cultural and linguistic knowledge acquired in German studies at the graduate level prepares students for employment, further study, or both. Those students interested in careers in teaching are encouraged to participate in Memorial's Teaching Skills Enhancement Program.

Description of program

  • MA – The MA program includes two options: 1) courses and comprehensive exam, and 2) courses and thesis. It can normally be completed in one year of full-time study.

Find a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to find a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of German and Russian website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class honours) in German; in addition, candidates must have acquired a superior knowledge of the spoken and written language, and may be asked to take advanced undergraduate courses


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Program Information

Degrees Offered:



course, thesis


MA: 1 year

Campus: St. John's

Application Deadline:

June 1 for Fall admission

October 31 for Winter admission

February 28 for Spring admission


MA: $10,750-$15,337

More funding information

Tuition (Canadian students):

2016-2017 academic year
MA: $632-$1,313/semester

Tuition (International students):

2016-2017 academic year
MA: $822-$1,706/semester

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