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M.A. English and American Studies

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Institute: Department of English and American Studies

Type: consecutive, research-oriented

Languages of instruction: German and English (can be studied completely in English)

Starting date: winter term (October) and summer term (April)

Application period:

summer semester:

1 December - 15 January

winter semester:

International applicants 1 April - 15 July
German applicants 1 April - 15 September

Open to students with undergraduate studies in: English studies, American studies, similar disciplines (humanities, esp. philology)

Programme summary: Components of the Master of Arts in English and American Studies include the English language, its description and analysis in the context of current research, and the academic study of Anglophone literatures and cultures from the Middle Ages to the present. The curriculum allows students a great deal of flexibility; they can choose to study the field in a broad, all-encompassing manner, or they may specialize in either linguistics or literature and cultural studies. Emphasis is placed on demanding language courses for practical purposes, which means students must have an excellent command of English before they begin the programme.

Special features: The course offering in the fields of literature and cultural studies are enriched by a cooperation agreement with the Department of History and the Division of Folklore and Cultural History. Moreover, students in the English and American Studies programme may opt for an interdisciplinary concentration in Language and Cognition, which is offered in cooperation with the Department of German Linguistics and the Department of German as a Foreign Language.

Career opportunities: After graduation, students will be qualified for high-level positions at the crossroads between business, culture, and the public sector as well as in fields of work requiring outstanding language and communication skills and intercultural experience. This may include multinational corporations, libraries, archives, digital media, and publishing houses. In addition, graduates may choose to pursue a Ph.D. in the humanities or cultural studies.

Application requirements: A bachelors degree in English and/or American Studies, or an equivalent degree for a related subject (humanities, esp. modern languages, linguistics, literary studies). Applicants prove that they are qualified and linguistically fit by submitting a letter of motivation written in English. The bachelor's grade point average must be 2.5 or higher (German and US systems).

Certificates of other relevant employments and practical experience should be added to the application. The same holds for studies and research abroad. We strongly recommend that applicants have some basic knowledge of German (no proof necessary).

Native speakers as well as applicants from an undergraduate degree programme at a German University evidence their English proficiency by their bachelor studies in English and/or American Studies or equivalent studies.

All other applicants have to prove their English proficiency by providing one of the following certificates:

  • TOEFL: paper based = 600; computer based = 250; internet based = 100;
  • IELTS (academic or general test): Level at least 7.0;
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam (passed)
  • Trinity Ca'Foscari Certification C1 (passed)

If you have not yet taken the required test or have not yet received the results, please enclose in your application a confirmation showing that you have either registered for the examination or sat it.

Application documents:

    • Signed online application form "Application for Admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the Masters Programme" (generated automatically at the end of the online application)

  • you have to upload online (please see also the step-by-step explanation):

    • Motivation letter (in which you describe your intention to pursue graduate studies in the field of your choice)
    • Curriculum vitae including complete contact information, educational background, and professional experience
      School education:
    • Your secondary school leaving certificate (baccalauréat, high school diploma, etc.)
      University education:
    • All previous university degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - otherwise, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue
    • The corresponding transcripts for each degree, including your cumulative grade point average (minimum requirement is the proof of credits of the semester before last)
    • For foreign Bachelor degrees: Proof of the grading system used by the university
      Language proficiency proof:
    • English proficiency proof (see description above under "application requirements")
      Special requirements for international applicants:
    • APS certificate: applicants with a Mongolian, Vietnamese or  Chinese degree.
    • College Entrance Examination: Iran (since 2011 no college entrance examination, but pre-university year), Republic of Korea (Scholastic Ability Test)

Additional information on the application documents and application procedure is available here.

Contact persons for general questions (application/enrolment process, study's framework conditions):

Master Service Centre
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Zwaetzengasse 3
07743 Jena

Email: master[at]uni-jena.de
Phone: +49 3641 931126
Fax: +49 3641 93112

Contact person for subject related questions on the masters programme:

Dr. Doreen Triebel
Department of English and American Studies
Ernst Abbe Platz 8
07743 Jena

Email: master.ang.amk[at]uni-jena.de
Phone: +49 3641 944565

Subject Advisor:

Dr. Eva-Maria Orth
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena

Email: eva-maria.orth[at]uni-jena.de
Phone: +49 3641 944514

Student Tutor

Kathleen Nahrendorf
Email: kathleen-nahrendorf[at]gmx.de

URL: http://www.iaa.uni-jena.de/en/