American Studies MA


American Studies MA


Philologist in American Studies


Degree program



Accreditation number



School of English and American Studies




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 MA programme in American Studies 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 programme does not confer teaching qualifications. Students are eligible for admission to PhD programmes.

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.

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

2,200 EUR

2,200 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

150 EUR (non-refundable)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,200 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

06, Sep, 2017

Deadline for applications - September intake

24, Jul, 2017

Is there a February intake


Deadline for applications - February intake

01, Jan, 2018

Admission 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 or

  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1

Documents to submit with application
  • Online application form

  • Relevant pages of the passport. Scanned, in color all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.

  • Proof of language proficiency. Official test result or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.

  • An official copy of your completed secondary education (high school). Notarized copy only on request.

  • Bachelor Degree. An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree.

  • Academic records. Also called "Transcript of records".

  • A Curriculum Vitae in English. In MS Word format with one low resolution photo.

  • 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.

  • Statement of Purpose in English. Also called "Letter of Motivation."

  • Copy of application fee transfer. A bank slip showing that the application fee has been transferred to the University’s bank account.

Additional documents for non-EEA applicants

  • Official bank account statement. Showing the cash flow of the past 12 months

  • Copy of Residence Permit. If the applicant is staying in Hungary with a Residence Permit

  • Copy of entry visa into the Schengen Zone. If the applicant has entered Hungary on a Schengen zone visa

Optional documents for admissions

  • 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

The application starts at 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.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account. Keep in mind that processing the application might take 3 to 5 weeks—please make sure to apply on time if you require a visa to travel to Hungary.

Procedure of the entrance examination:

An entrance exam might be conducted, depending on your (academic) credentials. Should this be required, a member of the relevant department will contact you with more information, as to make sure you can prepare accordingly.

Program leader

Prof. Dr. Zoltán KÖVECSES
Program Director

Program coordinator

International Student Services
TEL: +36-1-411-6500/2271 (ext.)
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 6-8, Main Building (Főépület) - Room 308

Office hours (in person admissions)

  • Mondays: closed

  • Tuesdays: 9:30AM - 12:30PM

  • Wednesdays: 9:30AM - 12:30PM

More information

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities