What will I learn?

American studies is home to an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students committed to rigorous, socially engaged scholarship. We take a global and hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas, examining local cultures, nations and regions within their larger geopolitical contexts. Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, feminism, class analysis and community engagement, we encourage scholarly work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, environmental and agricultural practices, religions, gender, sexuality, kinship systems, geography, and economics.

Graduate students in the Department of Transnational Studies may pursue degrees in American Studies, Canadian Studies or an interdisciplinary humanities program in Caribbean and Latin American Studies or African-American Studies.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,


New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to the doctoral program generally requires a Master’s degree in geography or a cognate field of study. The department will occasionally consider outstanding students holding only a Bachelor's degree for admission directly to the doctoral program. GPA requirements: 2.9 Undergraduate GPA for admission to MA/MS; 3.0 Undergraduate GPA for admission to Phd.

For international students

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.
  • A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.
  • Appropriate standardized test scores (DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, etc.).

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 79, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 550, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.5, the minimum score of PTE is 55, the minimum score of Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Old Scale is 60, New Scale is 185, the minimum score of Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Old Scale is 65, New Scale is 185.

The priority deadline for fall admission is the first Friday in January. Applications will be reviewed intermittently after the priority deadline and admissions decisions made on a rolling basis.

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


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