American Studies (History)

American Studies (History)

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: 1 March
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: €13,310
Domestic tuition: €2,083

Program overview

The Master's in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam is a one-year, English-language programme, covering the history, politics, and culture of the United States. Students explore key issues in American Studies scholarship, as well as rich primary sources from the US and beyond.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus



A university Bachelor’s degree The Master’s in American Studies is open for application to all students with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the UvA or from another accredited university. But American Studies is also an interdisciplinary pursuit: the programme is open to students with other Bachelor’s degrees in the humanities or social sciences, provided they have successfully followed a minor in American Studies or 30 ECTS credits worth of courses relating to American culture and history. That includes but is not limited to: English, media studies, sociology, literary studies, anthropology, cultural studies, political science, European studies, art history, or communication science. The Examinations Board will decide whether you meet this prerequisite on the basis of your application file. The level of the Bachelor's degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education, to be judged by the Examinations Board. Hbo-bachelor not eligible It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this MA. English language requirements All students applying for an English-taught Master's programme are required to be proficient users of academic English before being allowed to enrol. Please carefully check whether you meet the English language requirements or whether you need to take an official English language test.

Career opportunities

Graduates of American Studies have learned to conduct research with archival and cultural sources, and to write with eloquence and force in English. They are qualified to move on to a PhD, and to work in a range of professional fields. Previous graduates now work in journalism, politics, high school teaching, diplomacy, the civil service, management consulting, publishing, law, media, and even standup comedy.