North American Studies at Cologne
MA in North American Studies




Welcome on the homepage of the M.A. program in North American Studies at the University of Cologne.


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Fully accredited two-year program (120 CP) at the University of Cologne


The program “MA North-American Studies” at the University of Cologne includes cooperation of the Department of Anglo-American History, the English Department, the Instituto de Historia Ibérica y Latinoamericana, the Institute for Art History and the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Cologne.


You should also have excellent knowledge and understanding of English as the program’s exclusive language of instruction (C1 CEF) and you should have a thorough understanding of a second European language, preferably French or Spanish (B1 CEF). It is no longer necessary that you speak German before you apply, but a good working knowledge of German should be acquired while you study in Cologne.


Every semester we admit up to 15 new students to our M.A. program who come to Cologne with a degree in an accredited BA studies program, which provides a pertinent basis for the MA North American Studies. This includes BAs in English and/or American Studies, Political Science, Modern History, Media Studies, Translation, Gender Studies, or Postcolonial Studies Preferably, you have already attended courses with special attention to North America and its cultures; or you have written a B.A. thesis with a focus on North America.


Your application with includes a notarized copy of your B.A. certificate and diploma supplement. If you are still enrolled in a B.A. program at the time of your application, please submit your current transcript of grades. You should also download a certified copy of your high school diploma. In order to apply go to or apply using the homepage of the University under

The deadlines for the application are January 15th for the following summer term and July 15th for the winter term.  

Contact: Prof. Dr. Norbert Finzsch & Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem | Department of Anglo-American History | English Department | University of Cologne Albertus-Magnus-Platz | 50923 Cologne – Germany | |

 You find the Module Handbook here:



Applicants need a certificate that demonstrates their proficiency in English on the level of C1.  Language tests by the home universities will not be accepted. A German language certificate is not necessary anymore.