MA in American Studies


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Program Description

The robust presence of the United States throughout the world, well observable in the contexts of politics, economy, and culture, calls for a body of experts who – aside from having excellent English language skills – have a specialised knowledge in the history, politics, society, culture, language, and literature of the United States. With this aim in mind, the American Studies MA program seeks to impart its graduates with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be fruitfully utilized in both private and public sector establishments interested in the communication and/or representation of American values and interests.

The two-year-long program does not confer teaching qualifications. Students are eligible for admission to Ph.D. programs. In the scope of the Master Course, students will have opportunities for preparation for doctoral studies.

The aim of this course is to train high-level specialists capable of meeting the specific demands of the labor market in the fields of cultural and intercultural exchange. In addition to local, national or international authorities in the public sector, it is important to underline the growing need for French graduates in the private sector, e.g. with multinational companies.

The training will also prepare the student to continue in one of the Doctoral Schools of the Faculty.

Our graduates find positions mainly in the sectors of education and research, tourism management, banking and finance, and intercultural communications.

This program gives a comprehensive overview over all areas of American studies — literature, culture, politics, history and language – and trains specialists well-versed in both the critical and applied theory concerning the United States of America. Degree holders will have solid skills to conduct independent research, to assess and process relevant information, and communicate their findings according to high academic standards.

Strength of program

Students will acquire a sound knowledge of and fluency in American English (oral and written, academic style) in-depth knowledge of the culture, history, and literature of the United States.

Career opportunities

Our graduates also find jobs in the sectors of journalism and media, education, tourism, marketing and advertising, banking and accountancy, publishing and broadcasting, and governmental organizations.

Job examples

Journalist, media expert, teacher, marketing and advertising manager, a specialist in diplomatic affairs.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgment is only given for a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies.

In the case of a Bachelor’s degree in Hungarian Studies, Germanic Studies, Romance Studies, History and Liberal Art, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your BA degree as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have 50 credits (but at least 38 to enter the program) from the field of English and American Studies (30 credits from American English language, American literature, and culture).

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 550-583 or
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 79-93 or
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1
  • The language of instruction for the entire program is English.

Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if this level of proficiency has not been reached yet.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Secondary school certificate
    Notarized copy only on request.
  • Bachelor-level degree
    An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
  • Transcript of records
  • A CV (In English, in MS Word format with one low-resolution photo)
  • Motivation letter (A maximum of 500 words)
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
    Scanned, in color all personal details and expiry date must be shown. The passport must be valid.
  • Copy of application fee transfer.
  • Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer.
  • Language certificate
    Official test results or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.
  • Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English.
Optional documents for admissions
  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with the coordinating department for more information
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer.
  • Letter of Authorization
  • If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account.

Results and the official decision will be announced in the application system.

Last updated Oct 2019

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