American Studies

Kennesaw State University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
12792 USD/year
12792 USD/year
3552 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The American Studies Program at Kennesaw State University dedicates itself to crossing boundaries: disciplinary, social, cultural, and institutional. 


The American Studies program from the Kennesaw State University is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, focusing on the study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally. With grounding in the content knowledge and methodologies from a range of fields, students are actively encouraged to pursue an understanding and critical analysis of the history, literature, arts, politics, language, philosophy, and social practices of the multitude of American communities.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary field which concentrates on the study of the Americas, with historical emphasis upon the United States. The goal is to analyze the social, historical, material, ideological, and aesthetic aspects of American culture, both past and present. American Studies traditionally incorporates knowledge from the fields of history, literature, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and the fine arts among others.

Careers in American Studies

  • Students who graduate with a degree in American Studies have a knowledge of America’s history, an understanding of its politics, an insight into its literature, and familiarity about its culture and foreign policy, all of which could be attractive to potential employers looking for someone who can demonstrate flexibility of thought. 
  • Other key skills include critical evaluation, excellent communication and organization, clear and logical thinking, and cultural awareness.

Programme Structure

  • KSU's master of arts program in American Studies (MAST) offers an interdisciplinary study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally. 
  • As the sole American Studies graduate curriculum in the University System of Georgia, KSU's course of study introduces students to the most important and innovative scholarship dealing with the United States and the Americas and their role in the world.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application form and $60 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all previous intuitions in which the student has attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • An official GRE score report. 
  • A letter of application that describes your education and/or professional background, your future goals, and how admission into the MA Program/Graduate Certificate will help you accomplish those goals. T
  • A writing sample consistent with program content and student goals. The sample should be relevant to the field of American Studies broadly defined and should be refined and revised to fit within 5-7 double-spaced pages.
  • An optional resume or CV.
  • Up to two letters of recommendation concerning your academic and/or professional preparation for the MA Program or Graduate Certificate in American Studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6396 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    12792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6396 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    3552 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1776 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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American Studies
Kennesaw State University