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Graduate Admissions

Applications for admission to the MA and PhD programs for Fall 2018 are due January 12, 2018. The review of applications will begin at that time.

Master of Arts

The program is open to any eligible student with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Letters of recommendation, a brief personal essay, and GRE scores are the main sources of information upon which decisions will be made.

Dual Master's Degrees

Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both African American and African Diaspora Studies and the school of the corresponding joint-degree and meet the admissions criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded at the same time.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The AAADS Graduate Studies Committee, in consultation with the chair of the department and faculty, will be responsible for the admission of graduate students into the doctoral program. That committee will consider Graduate Record Examination scores, a personal statement, a writing sample of no more than 30 pages, and at least three letters of reference from instruc­tors who have sufficient evidence to write candidly about the student’s intellectual abilities and potential for success in this endeavor. Prospective graduate students who hold a master’s degree must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in their prior program(s). Incoming graduate students who have recently completed their undergraduate studies must have at least a 3.3 grade point average for their last two years of undergraduate studies.

PhD Minor

Doctoral students in good standing are admitted to the African American and African Diaspora Studies minor through inter­view or correspondence with the graduate advisor. At the time of admission, each student and the graduate advisor together plan an individualized program of study, including the selection of a major concentration area.

Please click here to begin the application process.