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The Master of Arts in American Studies provides students opportunities for pre-professional training in their chosen speciality. Through challenging courses and in-depth research, students delve into topics like architecture, popular music, immigration and borders and racial and gender equality in American culture.

The general MA option prepares students for advanced PhD work, while the museums and material culture concentration incorporates courses at the Smithsonian Institution.

Admissions Requirements

Prior to entering the MA program, candidates should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. Applicants lacking this academic background can be admitted to

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Entry Requirements

Prior to entering the MA program, candidates should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. Applicants lacking this academic background can be admitted to the program with the understanding that they will take the appropriate courses as prerequisites during the first academic year in which they are enrolled; such prerequisite courses, however, do not count toward degree requirements.

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Meghan Plate

"GW’s location in Washington, D.C., is perfect for exploring and finding a job … I took a class at the National Museum of American History during my first semester and ended up working there all summer ."

Renee Scott

"My research will allow me to play a role in revising K–12 curricula to include the history, experiences and perspectives of Black Americans so that young Black children can see themselves in their education."

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