What will I learn?

The College of Arts and Sciences African Studies Program and the Department of Information and Library Science jointly offer a three-year program that qualifies students for a dual master’s degree (M.A./M.L.S.). The program responds to the growing need for librarians with Africa specific knowledge and research experience in the humanities and social sciences. The dual M.A. /M.L.S. program requires completion of a minimum of 56 credit hours of graduate coursework and the two degrees must be awarded simultaneously. Students will be assigned a mentor/advisor from each unit. The student’s African Studies M.A. thesis/project committee should include a representative of the Information and Library Science faculty or other means of including perspectives of both programs

African Studies Core Requirements A minimum twenty-six hours of coursework distributed as follows:

  • AFRI-A731 African Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar (3 cr.)
  • AFRI-A650 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • AFRI-A651 Independent Research/Directed Readings (up to 6 cr.) toward the M.A. thesis/project
  • Elective courses organized around a topical or regional concentration to complete a minimum of twenty-six hours Elective courses are to be selected from the range of cross-listed African Studies offerings in the College of Arts and Sciences and several professional schools, with the approval of the student’s major advisor.
  • Electives may include three additional credits of AFRI-A731, since the topic for the African Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar changes every year and is offered by different faculty members on a rotating basis.

Information and Library Science Course Requirements

Thirty credit hours of coursework consisting of:

  • 18 credits of M.L.S. foundation courses, with Z552 Academic Library Management to fulfill the management and leadership skills requirement;
  • 3 credits of either Z521 Information in the Humanities or Z522 Social Science Information;
  • 9 credits of elective courses chosen in consultation with the student’s Information and Library Science advisor. An internship related to African Studies is strongly advised.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 56 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$26,723.00 (19,83,849) per year
USD $5,909 Second 8 weeks summer fee
Start date

Expected August 2021


College of Arts and Sciences

Owen Hall,

790 E. Kirkwood Avenue,



47405, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution and evidence of academic potential to complete an advanced degree

Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25

Applicants whose native language is not English should submit proof of such proficiency by the time they apply for admission. Normally this is done by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results of this test should be submitted as part of the application for admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.