Doctoral degrees are awarded in the following six disciplines: economics, political science (PhD or Dr. rer. pol.), cultural studies, history, literary studies, sociology (PhD or Dr. phil.)
The Graduate School is dedicated to fostering a lively academic community, providing training of the highest international standards, and promoting independent research in one of six disciplines: cultural studies, economics, history, literary studies, political science, and sociology. Its innovative interdisciplinary curriculum responds to the growing need to move beyond, yet remaining anchored within traditional disciplines. Individualized supervision, excellent infrastructure, and a large network of national and international partners all contribute to our doctoral candidates’ success in the program and beyond.
The North American Studies course is offered by Graduate School of North American Studies.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
Doctoral candidates complete three semesters of intense coursework, followed by three semesters devoted to research and writing. The courses aim at a balance between research-oriented interdisciplinary seminars and discipline-based seminars on theory and methodology. A third component consists of skills training.
Teaching one course on a dissertation-related topic in the B.A. program of the Kennedy Institute is an additional compulsory component of our training.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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.Take IELTS test
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
The formal requirement for an application is a university degree (M.A. or equivalent) with above average marks in either North American Studies, or one of the disciplines represented at the John F. Kennedy Institute, or an academic program closely related to one of these disciplines: Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Literature, Political Science and Sociology.
Since all instruction is in English, enrollment in the program requires English language proficiency at an advanced level.
The only fee is the regular semester fee (currently at 311,59 EUR including a public transport ticket for six months) at Freie Universität Berlin
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