M.A. North and Latin American Studies

M.A. North and Latin American Studies

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Quick facts
ProgrammeNorth and Latin American Studies
Degree awardedMaster of Arts (M.A.)
Duration and credits4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts inOctober (winter semester)
Languages of instructionGerman; includes individual modules taught
in English, Spanish and Portuguese

About the programme

The Master of Arts programme in North and Latin American Studies combines North American and Latin American Studies into a single and unique syllabus which draws from a variety of academic disciplines and gives its students profound insight into the two Americas as distinct entities, as well as their global ties and relations. This answers to a rising demand for graduates with a broad academic background and specific knowledge of America, particularly at a time when North and South are growing together on many levels, while the gap between Europe and America is widening.

This is an accredited programme which has received the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.


  • Emphasis on both Americas
  • Core subjects: Geography, Literary and Cultural Studies, Political Science and Business Administration
  • The degree programme includes foreign study in Latin America in which students learn first-hand about the South Americans' attitudes towards their big neighbour in the north
  • Transferable skills are developed with the aim of generating inter-disciplinary co-operation
  • Students can create an individual study profile

Career prospects

Depending on the chosen thematic and geographical focus, this master's degree prepares students for a large number of different career paths. The ability to create their own study profile makes it easier for graduates to join the global job market for Humanities graduates with intercultural skills, while the hands-on approach of the degree programme additionally qualifies students for non-academic careers.

Graduates may enter various fields, such as marketing, innovation and organisation, customer relationship management or human resource management, particularly in companies with a North-American or Latin-American focus, or in transatlantic, trans-American or international organisations. Other potential sectors of employment are tourism, education and professional training, the media as well as cultural institutions and associations.

Being closely oriented on up-to-date research and teaching students the methodological and analytical prerequisites for individual consolidation of scientific findings, the degree programme is also a strong foundation for subsequent doctoral study for those planning to launch an academic career.

Programme syllabus

The programme consists of three module groups:

A) Foundation module
B) American modules
C) Profile modules

A) General themes of the core module are intercultural communication and comparative cultural studies as relating to North and South America. This module draws from the course content and methodologies of a number of disciplines to lay the foundation for the profile-setting and consolidation in subsequent modules.

B) Module group B comprises the three American modules: Anglo-American Studies and Latin America (I), Political Science (II) and Geography (III). Students can set a specific focus by subject or geographic region.

C) In the two profile modules, Transnational America (I) and Management and Marketing (II), students may choose their electives in accordance with their own abilities and interests. This freedom of choice enables students to create a distinct academic profile and enhances their employability. The entire Transnational America profile module is to be completed in South America, e.g. while enrolled at one of the the University of Passau's partner universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador or El Salvador.

The degree programme includes a written Master's thesis on a topic chosen from module group B. Students who complete the programme will receive a total of 120 ECTS credits.

Module catalogue (German)

Academic entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree obtained after a programme of at least three years' full-time study in a social science, cultural studies, business, economics or a related discipline with a result of 3.0 or better according to the German marking system or its foreign equivalent.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF TDN 3×4 (i.e. level 3 in all four categories) with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or your first undergraduate degree (i.e. a German-taught bachelor's degree programme).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.

Additional language requirements

  • English language proficiency at level B2 CEFR/UNIcert® II
  • Portuguese or Spanish language proficiency at level B2 CEFR/UNIcert® II