American History, Culture and Society

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General Information:

  • The program only accepts students with a first university degree (e.g. a bachelor’s degree) earned 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.
  • The deadline for applications is July 1, 2023. No late applications will be accepted.
  • All required material must be submitted online.
  • The link to the online application portal is HERE. The application portal will be open from 1 May to 1 July 2023. It closes at midnight (Central European Time) on 1 July.

The following items must be uploaded during the application process:

1. A 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. A 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”.

  • Minimum score requirements for proof of the C1-level: C-Test (LMU): 70; TOEFL (internet-based): 100; TOEFL (computer-based): 250; TOEFL (paper-based): 600; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: C; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: B; IELTS: 7.
  • 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. 

4. A 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:



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 (however, it’s ok to use scholarly articles or books that you can access through an online database such as JSTOR).

The selection committee will review all applications. After the final decisions have been made, all applicants will be informed. All international students should please pay attention to the special information below.


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 this web site: general admission information for international students (EU/ECR citizens or non-EU/ECR citizens) plus specific information for international students on admission to Master’s programs can be found here
  • 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 an excellent knowledge is necessary for optional courses taken in subjects taught in German (see the “Program” page for more information).