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American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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The graduate degree in American Studies is an interdisciplinary, individualized program that trains professionals by combining graduate-level academic work drawn from eight departments and five colleges with practical experience working with museums, historical societies, and community agencies.

About

Students select one of two tracks:
Public Practice Track

The public practice track provides students with specific training in strategies and skills for developing public programs. Coursework, a required internship, and the culminating independent project help student develop skills (e.g. museum studies, historic preservation, publication, grant writing, and program planning) useful for work in a variety of public sector institutions and non-profit agencies.

Teaching Track

The teaching track is designed for middle school and secondary teachers. It will be of interest to any teacher who wants to develop interdisciplinary courses or teach about regional history and culture. It is also ideal for those who teach both language arts and social studies. The teaching track also serves the needs of students who plan to engage in teaching in variety of professional contexts, as well as those who wish to pursue a Ph.D. after completing the M.A. YSU’s American Studies faculty have been participants and leaders in several national research projects on teaching.

Thesis / Non-thesis

The thesis option is intended for students who expect to continue graduate study or teach in secondary schools or community colleges. The non-thesis (independent project) option leads to a terminal degree.

Accreditation

Youngstown State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Teaching Working - Class Studies
  • Teaching of Writing
  • Humanities in the Community
  • Early American Studies
  • Perspectives in Multicultural
  • Intro to Applied History
  • Practicum in Applied History

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a college or university certified by a regional accrediting agency (e.g., North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate work of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs).
  • Satisfactory preparation for the graduate program in which the student wishes to enroll as specified by the department of the major.
  • A test of written/spoken English, which the University reserves the right to request, of any entering graduate student whose primary language is not English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6057 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    12114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6057 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Youngstown

  • 787 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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