MA in North American Studies


Program Description

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Programme Overview

  • This programme is designed for students with backgrounds in American Studies, or related fields with a focus on American Studies
  • Gain the skills to to view American politics and culture from an international perspective
  • Unpack the concept of 'America' through a variety of disiciplines to understand American culture, politics and power, and our continued fascination with these concepts
  • You will be prepared for careers in fields such as tourism, media, policy making, education, or consulting for public and private actors

Why study North American Studies at Radboud University?

The Master's programme for North American Studies will give you insights into a broad range of topics as they relate to North America. Thanks to our diverse staff, you can be sure to get a well rounded perspective.

Radboud Univeristy promotes and interdisciplinary approach, meaning you can examine American culture and politics from many different angles, and their effects on international relations.

Our specialisations are flexibile, meaning you have lots of room to create your own programme that lets you focus on the topics and ideas that are important to you. We also offer excellent internships thanks to our global network.

What will you learn?

Our Master's Programme gives students the opportunity to acquire solid expertise in relation to the concept of "America" in a variety of fields: US history, literature, culture (including popular culture, film, theater, and art) as well as political history, foreign policy, constitutional law and social science.

Whether you are interested on the role of culture in shaping global politics, the transformations in global order due to America's approach to world events, or the historical precedents to contemporary American politics, you will be encouraged to pursue the topics that interest you most.


  • The Master’s in Transatlantic Studies: History, Culture and Politics is a rich and very multifaceted programme, whose purpose is to stimulate, challenge and entice students to significantly broaden their understanding of urgent questions that our interconnected society faces today.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme could find work as:

  • International officers or diplomats
  • Consultants for business, NGOs, or governmental organisations
  • Researchers
  • Journalists or media
  • Managers in tourism or heritage sites

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

A completed Bachelor's degree in American Studies or related area
You’re required to have a completed Bachelor's degree in American Studies or related area. Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch Research University diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted.

*Note on 'related area'
In principle, it’s also possible to gain admission to this Master's with qualifications other than those outlined on this page, subject to the discretion of the Program Committee. For example, for those with a Bachelor's degree in English Language & Culture with a specialization in American Studies/Literature or for those with a degree in Political Science with at least 60 EC in courses related to American Studies. So, if you believe you have a Bachelor's degree that is comparable in content, as well as meeting all of the other requirements, you may send a well motivated request for admission to the program coordinator. You can also have a look at the information on the American Studies pre-Master’s if you don’t fully meet the requirements.

Language Requirements

In order to take part in this program, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 100 (internet-based)
  • An IELTS score of at least 7.0
  • A Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of B or higher

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

Last updated October 2019

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less