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Students have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of German literary texts in their aesthetic, social, political, (inter-)cultural, and historical dimensions. Read more

MA in Germanic Studies

Students have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of German literary texts in their aesthetic, social, political, (inter-)cultural, and historical dimensions. They will learn how to apply a variety of critical methods and theories to the study of literary texts, refine literary sensibilities, analytical skills and conceptual abilities. The Master’s program is intended as preparation for a career in teaching and provides a possible foundation for advancement to a PhD program in Germanic Studies.

Students also have the option of proceeding directly to the PhD program after only one year of our M.A. program in Germanic Studies (without completion) if they obtain first-class marks, demonstrate advanced research potential, and if the other requirements for PhD admission, as outlined in the Academic Calendar, are met.

Master of Arts

The program of study intended as preparation for a career in teaching and/or research in German literature and provides a possible foundation for doctoral study in Germanic Studies.

As the emphasis of the M.A. is on the study of literature and literary historiography, students have the opportunity to: develop comprehensive knowledge and critical judgment of German literary history; acquire an understanding of literary texts in their aesthetic, social, political, (inter)cultural, and historical dimensions; apply a variety of critical methods and theories to the study of literary texts; and refine literary sensibilities, analytical skills, and conceptual abilities.

Program Requirements

There are two options for the M.A.:
1. The Thesis Option requires a 9-credit thesis, 9 credits of obligatory courses, and 12 credits of additional coursework excluding the extended research paper. At least 24 credits must be at the 500-level or above.
2. The Course-based Option requires 30 credits of coursework, including GERM 548. At least 24 credits must be at the 500-level or above.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Germanic Studies
- Subject: Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Options
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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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. Read more
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto is the oldest and largest department of German in Canada. In addition to our traditional strength in literary and intellectual history, faculty and students are conducting research in German cinema, critical theory, language pedagogy, Yiddish studies, medieval studies, travel literature, as well as post-colonial, psychoanalytic, and transnational studies.

The department offers a graduate program of study leading to two degrees: Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The MA degree usually takes eight months (September to April) to complete, while the PhD degree is normally completed in four to five years.

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