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German Studies

German Studies

Location

Location

  • Department of German Studies
  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 425
  • Montreal, QC H3A 3R1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-3650
  • Fax: 514-398-1748
  • Email: german [dot] studies [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/german

About German Studies

About German Studies

Faculty research specializations in German Studies cover philology and literary history from the 18th century to the present, film studies, history of the book, philosophy, intellectual history, and the history of the German left. Students may specialize in literature, intellectual history, film, and/or German media studies. Students in our Department often spend time abroad in Germany and Austria and take part in conference and workshop organization. Notable facilities and resources connected with German Studies include the Interacting with Print research group and the Moving Image Research Laboratory.

Ph.D. Language Tests

Ph.D. candidates in other disciplines who are required to pass a reading test in German may prepare themselves by taking GERM 200, GERM 202, or GERM 203D1/D2.

Master of Arts (M.A.); German (Thesis) (48 credits)
Students enrolled in the M.A. with thesis option complete six 3-credit courses and write an M.A. thesis under the direction of one faculty member. Students enrolled in the thesis M.A. in German take fewer courses than non-thesis M.A. students and finish their program by conceiving and executing a substantial research project under the supervision of one professor. This M.A. is geared toward students planing to do a Ph.D. in German Studies or a related field. M.A. students in this track have gone on to do Ph.D. degrees in German and related fields, and pursue academic careers.
Master of Arts (M.A.); German (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
Students enrolled in the M.A. with non-thesis option complete nine 3-credit courses and three research papers. This program is geared toward students who may or may not plan to do a Ph.D. in German and therefore do not necessarily need to undertake a major research project, but would like to acquire a broad basis of courses in German culture and media. Non-thesis M.A. students have gone on to pursue a variety of careers inside and outside the academy.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); German
Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in German Studies take courses in literature, film, and media history during their first two years, before designing a set of comprehensive qualifying exams tailored towards their particular research and future teaching interests. After passing their exams (including language examination(s)), students may develop a doctoral dissertation topic in consultation with a Departmental faculty member. Students enrolled in this program have gone on to teach German Studies and related fields in universities, CEGEPs, or high schools, as well as pursuing some careers outside of the academy.

German Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

German Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Master's

In order to be admitted to the M.A. program in German Studies, candidates must have at least a B.A. degree in German from McGill University or an equivalent degree from another college or university of recognized standing.

Applicants with joint degrees or majors degrees may be admitted on individual merit but they may be required to take additional courses. They may also be able to enter the program as qualifying students for the purpose of completing these preliminary studies.

In order to pursue graduate studies in German, all candidates must have considerable fluency in German, as all courses are given in German.

Graduate students holding a Language Instructorship or who are otherwise employed will normally not be allowed to take more than four courses a year. Students may be required to attend an approved course in English if their knowledge of that language is judged inadequate. All graduate students are expected to attend the staff-student colloquium.

Ph.D.

M.A. or equivalent.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

  1. Application form.
  2. Two certified copies of all university transcripts (all transcripts not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified English or French translation).
  3. Two letters of recommendation (in English or French).
  4. $100 application fee.
  5. Test results; TOEFL required of all applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone). Minimum score of 86, with each component score not less than 20, required on the Internet-based TOEFL examination. Proof of TOEFL must be presented at time of application or shortly thereafter.
  6. Writing sample.
  7. Statement of academic intent.

All information is to be submitted directly to the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of German Studies.

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. Then select the appropriate program.

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

German Studies Faculty

German Studies Faculty

Chair
K. Bauer
Director of Graduate Studies
M. Cowan
Emeritus Professor
P.M. Daly; B.A.(Brist.), Ph.D.(Zür.)
Professor
P. Peters; Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin)
Associate Professors
K. Bauer; M.A., Ph.D.(Wash.)
M. Cowan; B.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
A. Piper; B.A.(Princ.), Ph.D.(Col.) (on sabbatical 2011-2012)

Master of Arts (M.A.); German (Thesis) (48 credits)

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); German (Thesis) (48 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); German (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); German (Non-Thesis) (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); German

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); German .

Faculty of Arts—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)