Admissions Requirements

M.A. and Ph.D. applications will open on November 1, 2019. 

Application Deadlines for September 2020 Admission: 

M.A. Application Deadline:

International Students: January 15, 2020; Domestic Students: January 31, 2020

Ph.D. Application Deadline:

International Students: January 15, 2020; Domestic Students: January 31, 2020

Applications outside of the regular submission dates may be possible depending on qualifications and funding availability. Please contact the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Program Assistant for details.

SSHRC CGS-Master’s Competition for New Students
Prospective students of the master’s program may submit applications for funding in the year before they intend to take up study. (For deadline information, please see: SSHRC-NSERC Tri-Agency website. The deadline is normally December 1.) In their online SSHRC application, students MUST indicate UBC as one of 5 universities they may wish to attend. Applicants to the CGS competition must immediately notify the Graduate Program Assistant of their intention to apply for admission to the master’s program, and submit their application for admission before the deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about the instructions or required documents, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page. If your questions is not answered, then please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

Online application: Visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website to submit your application. If you experience technical difficulty, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. Please note the application fee is non-refundable.

Students who wish to apply should ensure that they meet the admissions requirements for the Germanic Studies program as well as the admissions requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants must upload all required documents directly to the application portal (see Required Documents below). UBC will require official copies of transcripts and degree records. Admissions decisions will not be made until after the application deadline. If your application is approved, the Graduate Advisor would then recommend your application for admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC.

*If you have questions about the instructions or required documents, please read the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website before contacting the graduate program assistant.

  • 4-year degree (B.A. or equivalent) with an emphasis on German studies (or related disciplines)
  • Degree must be from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Canadian or U.S. credentials – minimum academic requirement (meet ONE of the following two conditions):
    • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses, or:
    • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • International credentials – minimum academic requirement:
    • Requirements are different for each country. Please select the appropriate country from the drop-down menu on that page.
  • Sufficient fluency in German and English (see Language Competence below)

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  • 2 sets of official transcripts* for each post-secondary institution attended. You must also provide 2 sets of the official diploma (if the transcripts do not show that your degree was granted).
  • 2 sets of official English translations of all transcripts and diplomas - in addition to 2 sets of certified/official transcripts issued in the original language (if your transcripts are not issued in English). See International Transcripts below.
  • 3 confidential letters of reference
    • submitted electronically through the secure application portal, OR:
    • on university letterhead, each letter in a separate, sealed envelope, endorsed (signed) across the seal.
  • Evidence of English proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS score (see Language Competence below)

In addition, you will be prompted to upload the following supporting documents in the online application system:

  • A scanned copy of your official transcripts
    • Please scan both sides of your transcripts and ensure the grading key is included.
    • If your transcripts are issued in a language other than English, please upload the original as well as an official English translation.
    • IMPORTANT: You must also send the following paper documents: your official (or certified) transcripts (and diplomas, if required) in addition to scanned copies you uploaded in the online application system.
  • Writing sample (in German or English): one example that best demonstrates your scholarly writing, such as a term paper or a substantial scholarly paper
  • CV (curriculum vitae) or résumé
  • One of the following:
    • Statement of intent (approximately 3 pages written in English describing your goals and prospective topic of study in our program) OR
    • Research proposal (3 pages) if you plan to choose the M.A. thesis option.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has strict requirements for admissions documents.* The requirements for Canadian Transcripts and International Transcripts differ. Students with international credentials should review the requirements for International Transcripts below, read all instructions carefully and email the Graduate Program Assistant if they have any questions. All transcripts, diplomas and translations must be in sealed envelopes. Transcripts and diplomas must have the official seal of the university.

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in German studies (or related disciplines) from an approved institution
  • Clear evidence of research ability or potential
  • International credentials – minimum academic requirement:
    • Requirements are different for each country. Please select your country from the drop-down menu on that page.
  • Sufficient fluency in English and German (see Language Competence below)
  • Meet the entrance requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

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  • 2 sets of official transcripts* for each post-secondary institution attended. You must also provide 2 sets of the official diploma (if the transcripts do not show that your degree was granted).
  • 2 sets of official English translations of all transcripts and diplomas – in addition to 2 sets of certified/official transcripts issued in the original language (if your transcripts are not issued in English). *See International Transcripts below.
  • 3 confidential letters of reference
    • submitted electronically through the secure application portal, OR:
    • on university letterhead, each letter in a separate, sealed envelope, endorsed (signed) across the seal.
  • Evidence of English proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS score (see Language Competence below)

In addition, you will be prompted to upload the following supporting documents in the online application system:

  • A scanned copy of your official transcripts
    • Please scan both sides of your official transcripts and ensure the grading key is included.
    • If your transcripts are issued in a language other than English, please upload the original as well as an official English translation.
    • IMPORTANT: You must also send the following paper documents: your official (or certified) transcripts (and diplomas, if required) in addition to scanned copies you uploaded in the online application system.
  • Writing sample (in German or English): one example that best demonstrates your scholarly writing, such as a term paper or a substantial scholarly paper
  • CV (curriculum vitae) or résumé
  • Proposal for a Ph.D. research project (3-5 pages)

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has strict requirements for admissions documents.* The requirements for Canadian Transcripts and International Transcripts differ. Students with international credentials should review the requirements for International Transcripts below, read all instructions carefully and email the Graduate Program Assistant if they have any questions. All transcripts, diplomas and translations must be in sealed envelopes. Transcripts and diplomas must have the official seal of the university.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has strict requirements for admissions documents, and the procedures may be unfamiliar to those outside of North America. Detailed instructions are available on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Students with international documents are encouraged to email the Graduate Program Assistant if they have any questions.

Language Competence

Sufficient competence in both German and English is required for admission into the program. If you have credentials from an institution outside North American whose official language of instruction is English, you do not have to take an English equivalency test.

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate competence in English by passing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) before they can be admitted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Minimum TOEFL score required by our program: 90 (internet-based exam) with a minimum score on each component (reading: 22, writing: 21, listening 22, speaking: 21)

Minimum IELTS score required by our program: 6.5 (minimum overall band score) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.

Please see the Graduate Studies website for instructions regarding English proficiency requirements.

German Proficiency

German proficiency will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and you may be required to pass a placement test. Normally, four years of instruction in German language at the university level (or the equivalent of B2 level) are deemed sufficient. Please indicate your highest level achieved (e.g., GERM 410, 4th-year level German, B2/B1/C2/C1, Test DaF score, or equivalent). Those whose proficiency in German is not deemed sufficient may be required to take a remedial course. Applicants for a Teaching Assistantship in language courses may be required to provide evidence of their proficiency in the German language.

All admissions documents must be sent uploaded to the application portal.

Please direct all inquiries regarding admissions requirements, required documents, and application procedures to the Graduate Program Assistant.