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MA in African American Studies Boston University



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The Master of Arts degree is focused on building conceptual and research skills that allow students to become critical investigators of cross-cultural interaction and the historical contexts of race, power, and the formation of knowledge. It is also meant to empower students with an advanced understanding and study of diversity, which will enable them to pursue both higher academic and other professional endeavors. While our focus is on African American experiences and the cultural and intellectual products of those experiences, our program approaches that focus in the context of global processes and in terms of its relationship to other groups such as Latinos, Asians, European Americans, Africans, and Native Americans.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an MA in African American Studies are expected to: Demonstrate mastery of conceptual, theoretical, and research skills that can enable them to become lifelong critical investigators of cross-cultural interactions; Become leaders in all professional and cultural engagements with diversity, tolerance, and critical thinking; Demonstrate an understanding of African American studies within a global context, paying particular attention to peoples of African descent in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Course Requirements

Candidates for the MA in African American Studies must complete eight courses (32 credits). The course requirements are as follows: GRS AA 871 African American History; GRS AA 808 Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations; GRS AA 591 Black Thought: Literary and Cultural Criticism in the African Diaspora; Five additional courses at the 500 level or above in African American Studies.

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Full Time (32 credits)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,36,503) per year


02 Sep


College of Arts and Sciences

725 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Those who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or with equivalent international education may apply.

English proficiency

Minimum TOEFL Requirements - paper-based test: 550; internet-based test: Reading section – 21, Listening section – 21, Speaking section – 21, Writing section – 21.

Minimum IELTS Requirements - he overall band score of 7.0 is required for admission to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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