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 a wide range of German literature, film, and culture. Course offerings feature approaches grounded in varied theories and disciplinary perspectives. Our courses engage with, for example, literature, film, culture, and media. The program's structure encourages students to develop their individual focus of study and research in consultation with faculty. Students have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of German literary texts in their aesthetic, social, political, cultural, and historical dimensions. They will learn how to apply a variety of critical methods and theories to the study of cultural texts, while developing skills that are applicable to many career paths.
What makes the program unique?
Our graduate programs are situated in a thriving comparative department, which houses programs that concentrate on German, Scandinavian, and Slavic studies. Our departmental structure and the format of the degree encourage students to pursue their work in Germanic Studies with an interdisciplinary and transcultural approach.
Our faculty, whose expertise lies in all areas of German, Scandinavian, and Slavic studies, including gender/sexuality studies, film and media studies, and second language acquisition, prepare students for their future endeavours and support them with a range of professional development opportunities.
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Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
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September 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 November 2019
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.
We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.
In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,698.56||$2,984.09|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$944.51 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,954.00 (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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. 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
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, imagined geography, the novel, Dostoevsky, gothic literature)
Frackman, Kyle (German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect, media)
Hallensleben, Markus (German Language Cultures and Literatures, Transnational Literatures, Visual Arts and Literature, European Studies, Literature and Sciences, Literature and Migration)
Iurascu, Ilinca ( German literature, media theory, cultural studies, film studies, critical theory, visual studies, media archeology)
Karwowska, Bozena (Sexuality, Body and Gender in Nazi Concentration Camps)
Malakaj, Ervin (German Studies, German Film Studies, German Media Studies, German Media History, Queer Theory and Queer Studies, Feminist and Queer Film Historiography, Critical Pedagogy)
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)
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))