|First Semester Admission
|Local admissions restrictions|
|Admission into Subsequent Semesters
|Local admissions restrictions [3rd semester in the Winter term (October), 2nd and 4th semester in the Summer term (April)]|
|May 4-June 30, 2020 (for the Winter semester), January 1- Februrary 15 (for applicants entering a subsequent semester beginning in the Summer term)|
|Beginning of Study
|Winter semester (mid-October)|
|Languages of Instruction
|Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Semesters Required to Complete Coursework||4 Semesters|
Please be aware that applicants are selected solely on the basis of their GPA and the degree to which their B.A. major fits the application requirements. We do not require you to send personal statements or letters of reference.
Applicants for the M.A. program are required to provide proof of the following:
- Bachelors degree or an equivalent secondary degree in one of the following majors: North American Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, or an interdisciplinary course of study that possesses a minimum of 90 earned credits in one of the aforementioned disciplines,
Admission to the M.A. program is limited to a specific number of applicants. Students with a degree obtained in Germany apply online directly to the university. Students who have not received their university degree at a German institution of higher education are required to apply via uni-assist.
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have received a degree from an educational institution where the language of instruction and/or the degree conferred are not in English must provide proof of English language ability that corresponds to Level C1 of the Common European Frame of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent. Standard language tests (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL, etc.) are accepted. Please consult the student advisor if you have remaining questions about your proof of English language skills.
We accept the following documents that certify your English language proficiency (Level C1):
- proof of English as your native language (copy of passport or I.D.)
- graduation at an educational institution where the language of instruction and/or the degree conferred are in English (provided CEFR level C1 was required at admission; please contact your university for an official letter/certificate)
- various standardized language tests:IELTS 7.0; TOEFL IBT 110; ALTE LEVEL 4; CAMBRIDGE 180 (C-A); UNICERT III; TOEIC Listening 490 + Reading 455, and language tests issued by a university
Please consult the student advisor if you have remaining questions about your proof of English language skills.
Further information about admissions requirements can be found in the Satzung zur Regelung der Vergabe von Studienplätzen für den Masterstudiengang Nordamerikastudien. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with official admissions requirements, the deadline for application has been changed to May 31st of each year (and to June 30th in 2020 due to COVID-19).
In addition to the online admissions procedure, we ask applicants to submit a CV, which is to be uploaded via uni-assist or Bewerberinfo. Please see here for more detailed information on the application procedure.