American Studies MA


American Studies MA


Philologist in American Studies


Degree program



Accreditation number



Department of American Studies
Department of English Studies
Department of English Applied Linguistics
Department of English Linguistics
Department of English Language Pedagogy





4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The robust presence of the United States throughout the world, well observable in the contexts of politics, economy, and culture, calls for a body of experts who – aside from having excellent English language skills – have a specialised knowledge in the history, politics, society, culture, language, and literature of the United States. With this aim in mind, the American Studies MA program seeks to impart its graduates with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be fruitfully utilised in both private and public sector establishments interested in the communication and/or representation of American values and interests.

The two-year long program does not confer teaching qualifications. Students are eligible for admission to PhD programs. In the scope of the Master Course students will have opportunities of preparation for doctoral studies.

The aim of this course is to train high-level specialists capable of meeting the specific demands of the labor market in the fields of cultural and intercultural exchange. In addition to local, national or international authorities in the public sector, it is important to underline the growing need for French graduates in the private sector, e.g. with multinational companies.

The training will also prepare the student to continue in one of the Doctoral Schools of the Faculty.

Our graduates find positions mainly int he sectors of education and research, tourism management, banking and finance, and intercultural communications.

This program gives a comprehensive overview over all areas of American studies — literature, culture, politics, history and language – and trains specialists well-versed in both the critical and applied theory concerning the United States of America. Degree holders will have solid skills to conduct independent research, to assess and process relevant information, and communicate their findings according to high academic standards.

Strength of program

Students will acquire: a sound knowledge of and fluency in American English (oral and written, academic style) in-depth knowledge of the culture, history, and literature of the United States.

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty.

Career opportunities

Our graduates also find jobs in the sectors of journalism and media, education, tourism, marketing and advertising, banking and accountancy, publishing and broadcasting, and at governmental organizations.

Job examples

Journalist, media expert, teacher, marketing and advertising manager, specialist in diplomatic affairs.

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3,500 EUR

3,500 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3,500 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

09, Sep, 2019

Deadline for applications - September intake

15, Jun, 2019

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgement is only given for a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies.

In the case of a Bachelor’s degree in Hungarian Studies, Germanic Studies, Romance Studies, History and Liberal Art, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your BA degree as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have 50 credits (but at least 38 to enter the programme) from the field of English and American Studies (30 credits from American English language, American literature and culture).

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements

  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 550-583 or
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 79-93 or
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1

The language of instruction for the entire program is English.

Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if this level of proficiency has not been reached yet.

Documents to submit with application



Online application form


Secondary school certificate

Notarized copy only on request.

Bachelor-level degree

An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree

Transcript of records



In English, in MS Word format with one low resolution photo

Motivation letter

A maximum of 500 words. 

Copy of the main pages of the passport
(needs to be valid)

Scanned, in colour all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.

Copy of application fee transfer


Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer


Language certificate

Official test result or certificate must be provided;
see program specific proficiency requirements.

Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English


Optional documents for admissions

  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with the coordinating department for more information
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer.
  • Letter of Authorization
    If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
Application procedure

Application deadlines: 

The deadline for application means the deadline of submission of the full and complete application package in the online system.

  • Period 1: 15/03/2019 23:59 (CET)
  • Period 2: 15/04/2019 23:59 (CET)
  • Period 3: 15/05/2019 23:59 (CET)
  • Period 4: 15/06/2019 23:59 (CET)

The application procedure includes 4 periods in order to give the applicants the freedom to submit their application when it’s most suitable for them. The applicants of each period have the same chance to get admittance for the programme. However, please note, that the Faculty of Humanities ELTE reserves the right to cancel the entrance periods in case the number of the admitted applicants reaches the limit during the previous entrance periods.

Procedure of the application:

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

The programme is not available for Hungarian citizens.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account. The Application and the Entrance exam fee can be paid separately or in one amount as well. For further information regarding fee transferring please visit the homepage of our Faculty.

Results and the official decision will be announced within a month after the entrance exam date, in the application system.

For more information about the application procedures, please visit the Faculty's website.

Procedure of the entrance examination:

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation and program-related academic background and professional experience of the applicant. Successful applicants must have an excellent command of English and to pass the entrance exam.  The entrance exam can be taken in person or via Skype.

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

Prof. Dr. Enikő BOLLOBÁS
Program Director

Program coordinator

Department of International Affairs

Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4., Room 32

More information

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities