German Graduate Studies

The graduate program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - German Studies combines the rigor of traditional philological inquiry into the history of German literature with a broader cultural studies approach that attends to the historical and mediological aspects of German intellectual history. Particular emphasis is placed on the way media technologies – film, photography, the physical form of the book – influence, interact with, and inflect this textual tradition. In bringing together research on both the semiotic and material aspects of literary and intellectual history, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - German Studies encourages students to engage with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches on their way to formulating their own coherent interdisciplinary programs of research.

Program Information

Master of Arts - German Studies (Thesis)

Master of Arts (M.A.) German (Thesis) (45 Credits)

Master of Arts - German Studies(Non-Thesis)

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

Doctor of Philosophy - German Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) German

Admission Information

Preparing to Apply

Applicants to German Studies should have a solid background in the German language and cultural history. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees not in German are encouraged to apply, but must demonstrate linguistic fluency and some prior study of German-related courses. Such students may be admitted with the requirement of extra-course work or as qualifying students.

Detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see:



Deadlines for Receipt of Completed Applications: 

Please note that incomplete applications (including letters of recommendation, testing scores (TOEFL, IELTS), transcripts, sample(s) of written work) by the application deadline will not be considered.

Note: Ph.D. students are only considered for Fall admission

For Fall Admission:  January 6 (Canadian/Permanent Resident/International).

For Winter Admission: September 15 (Canadian/Permanent Resident);

For Winter Admission: August 1 (International). 

Special/Exchange/Visiting:  As above.

Application and Required Documents:

Should you decide to formally apply, all supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system (complete

  • Online application form.
  • Application fee.  You must pay a non-refundable fee or your application will not be processed.
  • All university transcripts. Those transcripts not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified English or French translation (prepared by a licensed translator).
  • Research proposal. Applicants are requested to send a brief statement of their interests and the areas they wish to study within the Department (1 to 3 pages).
  • Two letters of recommendation. Those letters not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified English or French translation (prepared by a licensed translator). On the application form you must provide the names and email addresses of at least two professors who are familiar with your academic work. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf. Please note that although you can list public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail on the application form, references uploaded from these addresses will not be accepted by the Department. Therefore you must list a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address for your referees.
  • One or two samples of written work (in PDF format). This can be in the form of a graded paper, a chapter from a thesis, or an academic article.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for non-native English applicants. This is a requirement of all students applying whose native language is other than English. Results must be on file by application deadline – Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies no longer process applications without official results. Minimum score of 575 or 231 computer based scale. Please note that permanent residents may be required to submit a TOEFL score. IELTS scores are also acceptable: a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).


Contact Information

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
McGill University
680 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 2M7

info.llcu [at] (Email)

Phone : (514) 398-3650




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