American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (ARWU) , WY,
The American Studies M.A. candidate pursues a curriculum which may include courses from a variety of disciplines but which centers upon the American experience. 


The M. A. in American Studies offers each student the opportunity to establish a professional identity and assemble a portfolio of accomplishments at the post-baccalaureate level. For many students this means concentrating on an interdisciplinary approach to cultural analysis that will serve as a transition to study at the Ph.D. level. For some, a public sector emphasis, including field courses, internships, and grant-sponsored activities lead to a career in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and publicly-sponsored cultural institutions. For a few, examining American culture from an international perspective can lead to a career outside the United States. Teachers, or teachers-in-training, have found a diverse, American Studies curriculum to be a way to enrich their understanding of American culture and thus augmenting and sharpening their teaching skills. 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Topics in American Studies
  • Readings in American Studies
  • American Follklife
  • Ecology of Knowledge
  • American Culture and the Public Sector
  • American Civilization
  • Cultures of Nature in the United States
  • Federal Land Politics
  • Environmental Politics
  • Historic Preservation
  • American Built Environment

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    26-30 alternative credits
  • 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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • 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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Application materials that must be sent directly to the American Studies program include:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • A writing sample up to 10 pages in length
  • Unofficial copy of GRE score
  • Unofficial copy(ies) of transcripts from all previous academic institutions
  • A sheet of current contact information, including preferred email address, phone number and current mailing address
  • A completed form for Graduate Assistantship.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    4518 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4518 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

•Tuition fee per 9 credits, per semester


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