German Language and Literature

Why German Language and Literature @ Memorial?

Learning another language fulfills the primary purpose of a university education: to prepare citizens to reason, analyse, problem-solve and communicate in a world of cultural differences. Memorial’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures recognizes that interest in pursuing advanced studies in German may be stimulated by a wide variety of personal and professional experiences. It welcomes, therefore, students with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of goals.

The cultural and linguistic knowledge acquired in German studies at the graduate level prepares students for employment, further study, or both. Those students interested in careers in teaching are encouraged to participate in Memorial's Teaching Skills Enhancement Program.

Description of program

  • MA – The MA program involves courses and a thesis, and can normally be completed in two years of full-time study.

  • MPhil - The MPhil program involves courses only, and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to connect with a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search application to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA, MPhil – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class honours) in an appropriate area of study. Applicants will be required to demonstrate superior German language skills by submitting a writing sample in German. An interview may also be required.

Potential career options and outcomes

Education (translation, research, teaching, library work, graduate studies in Education, French, German, Russian, and Spanish), business and industry (banking, journalism, export/import, advertising, publishing), social work (police work, hospitals, courts), government services (customs, civil service, external affairs, immigration), travel (interpreter, restaurants, airlines), the arts (museum and art curator, critic, stage director, cinema, translator)


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Program Information
Degrees Offered:

MA, MPhil


course (MPhil), thesis (MA)

Duration (Full-time students):

MA, MPhil: 2 years


St. John's

Application Deadline:

January 31 for Fall admission

*Please note, applications for the MA and MPhil programs are not currently being considered at this time.


Tuition (NL students):

MA, MPhil: $635-$1,313/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

MA, MPhil: $826-$1,707/semester

Tuition (International students):

MA, MPhil: $1,074-$2,218/semester

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