Master of Arts in Germanic Studies (MA)
The Graduate Program in Germanic Studies at UBC integrates a large scope of thematic and theoretical research areas. Students are guided by faculty whose teaching and research cover the full range of German literature and culture from medieval to the present. Course offerings comprise approaches from historical, cultural, media, performance and gender studies. The program's structure encourages students to develop their individual focus of study and research. 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. We offer professional development opportunities such as Teaching and Research Assistantships.
What makes the program unique?
We are one of North America's top departments for Northern and Central European languages, with a thriving cohort of German and Swedish-language students and outstanding Polish, Danish and Russian language programs.
We encourage our MA students to pursue German cultural and literary studies with an interdisciplinary approach.
Our faculty, whose expertise lies in all areas of German, Baltic, Scandinavian, and Slavic studies, including gender, film and media studies, as well as second language acquisition, prepare students for their future endeavours and engage them in a diversity of professional development opportunities.
Our faculty are dedicated teachers who are regularly honoured with prestigious teaching awards.
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Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,600.60||$2,811.98|
|Tuition per year||$4,801.80||$8,435.94|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$899.00 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
Based on 10 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 1.33 years and the maximum time is 3.00 years with an average of 2.26 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Bowers, Katherine (Russian literature, Russian culture, literary culture, genre, narrative, gothic, Dostoevsky)
Frackman, Kyle (German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia)
Hallensleben, Markus (Austrian and German literature, transcultural images of the body in literature, sciences and art performances)
Iurascu, Ilinca (19th c. German and comparative literature, media theory, material culture studies, film studies, critical theory)
Karwowska, Bozena (Sexuality, Body and Gender in Nazi Concentration Camps)
Pailer, Gaby (German literature, gender and literature, drama and theatre, enlightment, classicism and romanticism )
Rieger, Caroline (Laughter in interaction, education for global citizenship, translation, language assessment, learning of a third language in a second language environment)
Salumets, Thomas (German and Estonian; Theory; Figurational Sociology and Norbert Elias, 18th-century german literature, Estonian cultural studies)
Taubeneck, Steven (Philosophy and history, intersections between culture as literature and film )
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey (German theories of media and cultural techniques, Complexity, biological evolution and animal studies, Secret societies and conspiracy theories, Science Fiction (special focus on Alternate history))