This is a graduate humanities program that engages students in innovative intellectual work. In small, interactive classes, students learn to apply analysis and research methods from the social sciences, arts, literature, cultural and religious worldviews, and philosophy.

The two-year Master of Arts in Humanities program offers an applied approach to the practice of humanities. Anglo-American University’s international faculty is a resource to students looking for a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary humanities program in Prague. Students develop academically and professionally as they become experts in humanistic work, including visual culture, arts and cultural management, popular culture and media theory, modern intellectual history, and advanced literary studies and critique. The M.A. in Humanities program is ideal for students who are looking to strengthen their candidacy for Ph.D. programs, and for those looking for an alternative to MFA programs.

obrázek“AAU encourages students' self-expression through extracurricular activities. It offers the perfect balance between academic challenges and friendly environment, as well as the chance to study or intern abroad and and gain priceless experience. To study in the heart of Europe among international students – what more can you ask for?”
Anastasia Shiskina, Humanities student, President of Program Board 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the M.A. in Humanities program can expect to:

  • Have expertise in analytical and research methods of the humanities and social sciences
  • Have a specialized knowledge of intellectual history and cultural phenomena of various cultures and societies
  • Be able to pragmatically and insightfully compare and critique cultural phenomena of various cultures and societies
  • Conduct analysis of the history and interpretation of the practice of humanities
  • Communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English; our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex problems and solutions to international audiences

Language Requirements

 Graduate Programs Including MBA

English proficiency at a level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There are multiple tests that AAU recognizes as evidence of the C1 level proficiency, especially:

  • TOEFL (iBT min. 87, PBT min. 567)
  • IELTS (min. 7)
  • CAE (min. C)
  • CPE (min. C1)
  • BULATS (min. 75)
  • City & Guilds – IESOL (expert)
  • Pearson PTE (min. 76)

For applicants who completed a high school or gained no less than 30 university credits in a country where English is the language of instruction, or are nationals of a country listed below, the requirement to prove English proficiency may be waived by the respective Dean.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

The M.A. in Humanities is a full-time study program.

Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.

  • 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
  • 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits

Your Degree & After

Degree Awarded

Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Masters degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Magistr (Mgr.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are prepared for success in curation of the arts, cultural diplomacy and institutions, publishing in arts history and critique, tourism, education in the human sciences, and mass media.

Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.

Access to Ph.D. and Other Advanced Study Programs

AAU graduates are encouraged to apply for Ph.D. programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic and other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.

Program Structure

For the course descriptions, please see the Online Course Catalog HERE

Required Courses

Foundation: (3 courses plus Thesis) – 12 credits total

  • Methods in the Human Sciences: Theoretical Paradigms – 3 credits
  • Methods in the Human Sciences: Critical Writing, Analysis & Interpretation– 3 credits
  • Methods in the Human Sciences: Scholarly Writing and Research/Thesis Writing– 3 credits
  • Thesis Seminar – 3 credits

Core Requirements: (10 courses) – 30 credits total

 Aesthetics & Art Theory (Choose two from three below)

  1. Aesthetics–From Enlightenment to Postmodernism – 6 credits
  2. Methods & Research in Art History– 6 credits
  3. Art & Society: History of Visual Art in 20th Century– 6 credits

History of Ideas (Choose two from three below)

  1. History of Historiography– 6 credits
  2. Main currents & controversies in 20th Century Historiography – 6 credits
  3. Seminar in Race, Ethnicity & Nationality – 6 credits

Studies in Language, Culture & Communication (Choose two from three below)

  1. Studies in Language & Society – 6 credits
  2. The Story of Language– 6 credits
  3. Psychology of Language & Mind– 6 credits

Philosophy & Religious Studies (Choose two from three below)

  1. 20th Century Social Theory: From Social Philosophy to Social Theory – 6 credits
  2. Philosophy & Society – 6 credits
  3. Comparative Religions– 6 credits

Topics in Literary Studies (Choose two from three below)

  1. Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in Romanticism – 6 credits
  2. Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in Modernism – 6 credits
  3. Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in Postmodernism– 6 credits

Elective Courses – 18 credits total

  • 6 courses

More Information

Exam and Assessment Regulation

AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex

The M.A. in Humanities program is accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport thereby qualifying graduates to apply for postgraduate Ph.D. programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.

Study Abroad
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.

Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available. 

 Required Application Documents

To finalize your application, you must submit all documents listed below. All documents should be in English or be a notarized translation, delivered to AAU either in person or by email to

Please note: All documents should be in pdf formatting, named in accordance to the document content with your name included and sent as an attachment, not in the body of the email.

As soon as these documents are received and reviewed our Admissions team will be able to assist you with scheduling your Admissions interview with the Assistant Dean of the program you have applied.

How to Apply

*Please note that during the COVID-19 situation, the AAU Admissions team is still operating as usual, accepting applications and ready to support you through the application process as the situation develops.

  • To apply simply follow the steps outlined here at
  • Should you have any questions feel free to send an email to and a member of the AAU admissions team will be happy to assist you!