The one-year, interdisciplinary and fully English taught Master program in American Studies offers exciting research seminars chosen from a wide range of theoretical, historical, social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.

It starts from the premise that 'America' was shaped as much by its art, folklore, commerce, education, science and religion as by its Constitution, political treaties and wars. None of the academic mono-disciplines (such as History, Literature, and Sociology) provides sufficient tools to give a comprehensive account of the complex dynamics of American culture. This is where American Studies comes in.

The core of this Master's degree is the investigation of nationhood and nationality and the dynamics of cultural change. In this way, the American Studies program at the University of Groningen distinguishes itself from similar programs elsewhere.

In addition to the focus on the diversity of American culture, you will learn about cultural theories in general. Not only 'high culture' will receive attention in this degree. A lot of time will be spent on the analysis of the culture of everyday social practice as well.

Duration: 12 months
Language: English (100%)

Job perspectives

As an American Studies graduate, you have a broad range of career prospects. American Studies students have expertise in the economic, political, cultural, commercial, and social domains of the U.S., as well as excellent transferable skills that are highly valued in the job market. The cultural adaptability and linguistic expertise that comes from living and studying in the US distinguishes our American Studies students from most job candidates.

After graduation, our students move into jobs in the business world, journalism, diplomacy, politics, event organization, or teaching, to name only a few options.

Job examples


Depending on your areas of specialization, a job in journalism is a possibility. Students interested in journalism may consider using their proficiency in US political and cultural affairs to work as correspondents or reporters for international or US media outlets.


Interested in marketing or international business? Then utilize your knowledge of US economic and commercial policies and practices by assisting companies seeking to expand into the European and US markets.

Culture and Arts

You might prefer to think about working in the cultural field, for example, a job in a museum or organizing a film festival. The American Studies program offers many possibilities for international contacts, which can be utilized for job options in a range of cultural industries. In addition, your cross-cultural experiences and English skills will also prepare you to work in the travel industry, especially organizing and leading guided trips.

Public Sector and Education

Your subject-matter expertise in U.S. socio-political affairs and proficient English skills are relevant transferable skills for work in the public sector. Consider working for an NGO or governmental entity, in positions ranging from Media and Communication Coordinators to Information Officers.

Admission Requirements

English proficiency

Part of the entry requirements is your English proficiency. If you are not a native English speaker or hold a Dutch VWO diploma, you will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. The following test scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills)
  • CEFR level C1
  • IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items)
  • TOEFL 620

A completed English taught Bachelor or Masters degree at a Dutch research university or in a native English speaking country may exempt you from the English language requirement. Contact the admissions office to see if you are exempt.

Previous education:

BA in American Studies, English, History, Political Science, Cultural Studies or equivalent.

To determine whether your academic qualifications meet the MA degree program requirements, we will assess the curriculum and level of your first degree, and the grades that you were awarded. This evaluation is carried out by the Admissions Office of the School of Arts and Humanities and the Department's Admissions Board (which has the final say about eligibility).

Additional requirements

In addition, applicants are required to provide:

  • A motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation

Tuition fees and application deadlines

  • EU tuition fees: € 2,083 per year
  • Non-EU tuition fees: € 12,500 per year

Application deadline: May 1st, 2019 (course starts September 1, 2019)

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Last updated October 18, 2018
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