American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    6200 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English
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What does it mean to be an American? Is there a shared American culture, or is that just something Europeans imagine? Because of the global reach of the United States, most Europeans have the impression that they "know" America, which is often perceived as a single culture, with little recognition of the complexity and variety that are characteristic of the nation. American Studies from University of Southern Denmark is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower


It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society in a country of more than 300 million inhabitants in fifty distinct states.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary study that draws on several disciplines that must be included in order to ensure that students can understand and analyze American cultural identities and the changing relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.

Through its cooperation with several departments at the University of Southern Denmark, American Studies offers you the opportunity to shape your study program by choosing electives in the participating programs, including literature, history, politics, and journalism. In the third semester, you also have the opportunity to go abroad to study in a European or American university through exchange agreements with selected institutions.

Learning outcomes

In the course of an MA work in American Studies you will develop skills and abilities that will not only make you an expert on the United States but also give you other more general skills that many companies and institutions will value.

You will

  • be able to acquire new knowledge and put it to use in pursuit of new goals
  • be able to survey a wide field of information and extract its essence
  • be able to work across more than one discipline
  • be accustomed to expressing yourself in American English both in writing and orally not merely competently but at an academic level.
  • be comfortable with reading academic texts in American English
  • be accustomed to working in groups, and be able to learn from and to give constructive criticism
  • be familiar with the research process, and know how to define a problem and carry out an analysis, base don the relevant material, which necessarily includes being able to offer colleagues useful criticism and suggestions for change.
  • know how to delve deeply into a selected problem or question
  • know how to interpret and critically analyze new information
  • know how to plan and prioritize your work independently
Career opportunities

Employment possibilities

American Studies MA graduates have found careers in both the public and private sectors, including the following:

  • Foreign embassies
  • Government ministries
  • Television News consultant
  • Translation
  • Consultants in private corporations, including banks
  • Information officers of public organizations and private companies
  • Gymnasium teaching
  • Health administration
  • Research (first as PhD students, eventually as university faculty)
  • Consultant in a private firm, for example in marketing
  • International organizations, and NGOs
  • Public relations, advertising, and branding management

Our graduates have such a variety of job possibilities because they have different BA degrees and because they are able to develop particular areas of expertise through their selection of elective courses, internships, terms abroad, and the topic of their MA thesis.

Programme Structure

American Studies is a two-year education at the MA level that consists of the following courses:
  • Theory and Method in American Studies
  • Themes in American Culture
  • Themes in American history and society
  • Topics in American Studies, double seminar
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
  • MA Thesis
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in American Studies you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following Bachelor degrees:
  • American Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Business, language and culture (BA.Negot.) - English
  • International Business Communication - English
  • Political Science
You can also apply if you hold a similar degree including a minimum of 60 ECTS within the following areas:

History and social relations - comprising subjects such as anthropology, social relations (including comparative social description), historical analysis, international politics and international economics as well as political science and political structures.

  • Culture – comprising subjects such as literature, cultural history, intercultural relations, cultural analysis and media.
  • You must have passed at least 10 ECTS within each of the areas. The Bachelor's thesis can also count if the thesis is related to one of the areas.

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
Only students with a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship have to pay tuition fees. 

Living costs for Odense

5,400 - 7,800 DKK/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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