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Graduate Studies Calendar 2011-2012 Program Descriptions Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies GSEA
Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies - GSEA
Contact Information Location: Craigie Hall, C Block, Room 205
Faculty number: 403.220.5293
Fax: 403.284.3810
E-mail address:
Web page URL:
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Arts degree (thesis-based) in German

The Department particularly solicits applications from students interested in pursuing a cross-disciplinary degree involving another department at the University of Calgary (e.g., English; History; Linguistics; Philosophy; French, Italian and Spanish). 

Applicants interested in an interdisciplinary doctoral program with a German Studies component on a special case basis should contact the Department.

The Department does not formally offer a part-time option – all students will be considered full-time.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts, the Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies requires:

a) A letter of intent outlining background, research interests, and goals for the program 
b) An academic writing sample (of approximately 8-15 pages) in English or German
c) Two reference letters

3. Application Deadline Deadlines for the submission of complete applications:
February 1 for September admission
September 1 for January admission (discuss January admission with Department)
Late applications reduce the applicant’s chances of receiving funding
4. Advanced Credit The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission.
5. Program/Course Requirements In addition to the Faculty requirements, the Department requires:

a)  Normally, three full-course equivalents for students who hold a baccalaureate degree
b)  For some students, depending upon background preparation, a course in bibliography and methodology
c)  Sufficient German language skills for the proposed program
6. Additional Requirements None.
7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses No more than one-half of a regular graduate student’s required program of course work can be at the undergraduate level. Undergraduate courses may only be taken for credit only with departmental approval. Programs requiring a larger ratio of undergraduate courses must receive the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies at the time of admission.
Only where appropriate to a student’s program may graduate credit be received for courses numbered 500-599.
8. Time Limit Expected completion time is two years for the Master of Arts and four years for the Doctor of Philosophy. Maximum completion time is four years for the Master of Arts and six years for the Doctor of Philosophy.
9. Supervisory Assignments The Graduate Program Director is normally the interim supervisor for students entering the program, and will assist them in finding a supervisor within the first year. In the case of cross-disciplinary degrees, the choice of supervisor must be established upon application to the program.
10. Required Examinations Final thesis oral examinations are open.
Questions on the research proposal will not be included in the oral candidacy examination of special case doctoral degree students.
11. Research Proposal Requirements The department requires all graduate students to submit a written thesis proposal by the sixteenth month of the program. The required form is available on the department website. The proposal should be drafted after consultation with the student’s supervisor and have his/her preliminary approval.
12. Special Registration Information None.
13. Financial Assistance Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

Students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to the Department by February 1.
14. Other Information None.
15. Faculty Members/Research Interests Research faculty and the specific areas within which Master of Arts thesis supervision is offered may be found at
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