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M.A. North American Studies

Next application period (for summer term 2019):
Dec. 3-14, 2018 & Jan. 21-Feb. 1, 2019!

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Our M.A. in North American Studies is a two-year research-oriented program. It attracts graduates interested in transdisciplinary work and intercultural exchange who wish to gain a thorough expertise in North American cultures, literatures, politics, histories, and economics. The curriculum puts literary and cultural studies at its core and offers a unique variety of potential fields of specialization. Run in joint venture with the Master program in North American Studies at the University of Cologne, our M.A. allows students to focus on areas of their own scholarly interest at different schools and departments, both in Bonn and Cologne. Since we stress a systematic training in transdisciplinary work, students have the opportunity to conduct original research toward an M.A. thesis.

Beyond its long-standing alliances with U.S. and Canadian universities and research institutions, our program also cooperates with the embassies of the United States and Canada. Throughout the years, we have kept in contact with our alumni, who pursue careers in journalism, publishing, media, public administration, politics and the foreign service, business, law as well as teaching and research. If you have similar professional aspirations, our M.A. in North American Studies will be an excellent choice.

Before you apply to our program, please make sure to carefully read the information provided in the following documents: 

MA flyer image

Detailed information (flyer)

Language requirements:

C1 proficiency in English (documented by, e.g., a B.A. program taught entirely in English, minimum scores of TOEFL iBT 94/IELTS 7.0)
B1/B2 proficiency in German at the time of enrollment (documented by, e.g., DSH-1, TestDaF score of TDN3)

Information on M.A. Application Procedure (German)

M.A. Application Guidelines (English)

Information on German-language exam DSH for international students (English)

Legal Documents (German):
Examination regulations
DSH exam regulations ("DSH-Prüfungsordnung")


Practical Information

Tuition Fees
There are no tuition fees at the University of Bonn. You will, however, pay a student services fee (currently slightly under 300 EUR) that includes a public transportation ticket valid for six months and the entire state of Northrhine-Westphalia.

Finding a Place to Live
Finding an affordable room in Bonn can be a challenge. As an alternative to the private real estate market, you can apply for a dorm room through Bonn's Studierendenwerk. Please consult their FAQ's here, browse the list of available options here, and apply here.  

For any additional M.A.-related questions, please contact Dr. Christian Klöckner

Documents for current M.A. students:

Your progress toward your degree

Internships (within Professional and Intercultural Competence module)

Exemplary M.A. theses on display at IAAK library