M.A. On Campus

Germanic Languages and Literatures

8 months
27520 CAD/year
6210 CAD/year
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The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto is the oldest and largest department of German in Canada encompassing 11 full-time faculty who contribute to a curriculum that speaks to our traditional strength in literary and intellectual history.


The MA degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto is offered in two fields:

  • German Literature, Culture and Theory

  • Yiddish Studies

The course-based, one-year MA program normally spans two sessions. Students have the option to concurrently enrol in one of the collaborative specializations at U of T, such as Women and Gender Studies, Jewish Studies, Transnational and Diaspora Studies, or Book History and Print Culture. This also requires registration in their respective core course(s). 

The MA in German is a full-time program, but may also be taken part-time under extenuating circumstances. Graduates may continue on to doctoral studies as well as embarking on careers in translation, language teaching, literary editing, cultural programming, and corporate and administrative positions requiring advanced communication and analytical skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text
  • at least 1.5 FCEs of the remaining 3.0 FCEs must carry a GER designator
  • the remaining course selection which is made in consultation with the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies of the department and must be approved by the department.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 8 months
  • Part-time
    • 20 months

Start dates & application deadlines


3 alternative credits

3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs)


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the one-year MA program in the field of German Literature, Culture and Theory must have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university that includes at least 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in German language, literature, and culture, with an average grade of at least a B+.

  • Admission is based upon the applicant's academic record as evidenced through transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, the supporting letters, a sample of written work (such as a term paper), and a Letter of Intent (500-word maximum) identifying current career goals and areas of academic interest.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27520 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27520 CAD per year during 8 months.
  • National

    6210 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6210 CAD per year during 8 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

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