LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

American History, Culture and Society

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Global & European Studies, American Studies
English only
Winter semester: 01 Jul
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a program of the humanities or social sciences with a substantial share of North American topics. Students who have not finished their undergraduate studies may only be accepted on a provisional basis pending the completion of their degree.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CEFR English
min C1
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Specification: With grade C.
min 7
min 250
min 100
min 600
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: With grade B.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Degrees from programs taught in countries in which English is a native language or an official language may be accepted as sufficient proof. In this case, upload an overview of the courses taken in the program, e.g. a transcript. If your program was taught in English but obtained in a non-English speaking country, please upload a verification from the language center of your university that it meets the standards of the C1-level. Applicants who are nationals of countries in which English is a native language or an official language should upload a copy of their passport.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:June 01 (German)June 01 (EU)June 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:
Spring semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

The following items must be uploaded during the application process:

  1. copy of a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited university or university-level institution. If the program has not yet been completed, a transcript of records from the fifth semester indicating the completion of 150 credit points must be submitted. As part of this application process, unofficial copies may be submitted.
  2. transcript of records listing all courses completed in the study program.
  3. Proof of English language skills at the C1-level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” (see language requirements).
  4. writing sample in English or German from the previous study program on a topic related to the USA or Canada (not more than 5 pages).
  5. A research-oriented essay in English on either one of the two following topics:
    1. Discuss a topic related to the history of social classes in the United States from the 19th or 20th century.
    2. Discuss a topic related to the representation of social classes in U.S. American literature, media or visual culture from the 19th or 20th century.

The essay should not be longer than five pages (2000 words). It should not be an overview or summary, but an argumentative essay. It must include five secondary sources; only one of which may be a web-based source.

Important information for international students:

  • International students who did not receive their first degree from a German university need to apply, in a separate procedure, to the International Office at LMU.
  • Please check the dates as well as the documents to be submitted at these web sites.
  • International students will receive two separate replies concerning their applications, one from the International Office and the other from the master's program. The International Office issues a letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid); the master’s program issues a letter of acceptance. For international students, enrollment at LMU is only possible if BOTH application processes have been successful, and the student has received both the letter of admission and the letter of acceptance.
  • Proof of German language proficiency is not required to apply to the master's program “American history, culture and society”. However, a basic knowledge of German is indispensable for dealing with administrative and other matters, and excellent knowledge is necessary for optional courses taken in subjects taught in German.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website