American Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Amercian Studies (B.A.)

British Studies (B.A.)

English (B.Ed.)


Department of English and Linguistics


Faculty 05 - Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The course lasts four semesters and, in seven modules, offers a program oriented to literature and cultural studies, which teaches advanced knowledge of the diverse manifestations of American society in literary, historical, political and cultural contexts. A special feature of the Master's program is the option to specialize in different fields of research, i.e. Early American Studies and New North American Studies. In addition, an interdisciplinary module offers students the opportunity to explore the traditions and diversifications of Anglophone literature, cultures and languages in more detail. The complementary and interdisciplinary orientation of the Master's program is supplemented by elective courses from cognate fields (e.g. History, Film Studies, Theater Studies, Ethnology, and Sociology). The aim is to complement and expand the desired research perspective in specific areas of American Studies with broad and interdisciplinary teaching and research options. Another important component of the research-oriented Master's program is the "Research Workshop" module, as well as the associated courses in literary and cultural theory and methodology. As with the "Professional Orientation" module, this module especially includes the early involvement of students in research projects in American Studies and an introduction to independent academic work.

Master entrance requirements

  • You must have a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree in American Studies or another Anglophone field (e.g. B.Ed. in English, B.A. in British Studies, etc.) from a university in Germany or abroad (verified by an officially notarized copy of the diploma, including transcripts).
  • If fewer than 10 credit points can be verified in the field of American Studies during previous training, suitability for admission will be determined during the selection interview. Admission may be conditional.
  • In special cases, admission can be granted for previous training in unrelated literature, cultural, social, media, linguistic or economics degree programs if the program was completed with a minimum grade of 2.7 and special academic suitability is determined during the selection interview. Admission may be conditional.
  • It is assumed that students have a very good active and passive knowledge of English (Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English (proof not required).



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