University of Cologne
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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Proff. Berressem and Finzsch will hold an information and orientation session for first semester North American Studies students on Monday, October 6th, 2014 room  3.229 (Schürmann-Raum) of the Philosophikum at 17:45 h.

Please be also aware of the fact that the program is undergoing a reaccreditation process that will result in a changed curriculum. This new program will be activated in the summer term of 2015.

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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 main language of instruction (TOEFL 560 respectively 220 computer based minimum TOEFL or C1 CEF) and you should have a thorough understanding of a second European language, preferably French or Spanish (B1 CEF). Knowledge of German on the level of DSH 2 or TestDaF 4 is absolutely necessary before you can apply.


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 (minimum grade of 2.5 |B-).  Preferably, you have already attended courses with special attention to North America and its cultures; or you have written a B.A. thesis (graded 2.0|B+ or better) 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, and, in case you are an international student, a certificate of intermediate German language proficiency (DSH-2, TestDaF 4).

For more detailed information, please consult the module manual on In order to apply go to or apply using the homepage of the University under

There you also find the deadlines for the application.


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 | |


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