American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The American Studies programme is offered at University of Southern Denmark. 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.


The American Studies programme is offered at University of Southern Denmark. American Studies 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.   

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 (10 ECTS)
  • Themes in American Culture (10 ECTS)
  • Themes in American history and society (10 ECTS)
  • Topics in American Studies, double seminar (2 x 10 ECTS)
  • Elective 1 (10 ECTS)
  • Elective 2 (10 ECTS)
  • Elective 3 (10 ECTS)
  • Elective 4 (10 ECTS)
  • MA Thesis (30 ECTS)

Detailed Programme Facts

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.

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  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Odense

  • 5400 - 7800 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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