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Ethnic Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #863 (BCR) , CA,
The program provides training in techniques for the analysis of historical and contemporary social issues related to these experiences, and the curriculum develops students’ capacity to structurally assess, plan, and evaluate social policies aimed at the resolution of these issues.


Although the focus remains primarily on the condition of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians, the program is increasingly concerned with mixed race studies, human sexuality studies, diaspora studies, postcolonial criticism, theories of racial formation, the experiences of other communities of color, and theory/practice of resistance and social movements. The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies is collectively administered by the Chairs' Council of the College of Ethnic Studies.

The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies is designed to prepare individuals for advanced graduate work leading to the doctorate or professional roles in teaching, research, and administration within both the public and private sectors. The theoretical and conceptual tools of several disciplines are critically utilized and analyzed. The program applies cutting edge analyses, such as cultural studies, postcolonial, feminist, and queer perspectives, to instruction, research, and community involvement. Both scholarly and activist engagements with the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area communities of color are encouraged and expected.

The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies is designed to be a versatile degree—one that is inclusive rather than exclusive of employment opportunities. These possibilities range from ethnic-oriented teaching, community research, multicultural resource development, to practical application in the business and technical fields. Program graduates are also eligible to apply for teaching positions at the California community colleges in ethnic studies and related fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theories and Issues in Ethnic Studies
  • Theory and History in Asian American Studies
  • Seminar in Africana Studies
  • Seminar in American Indian Studies
  • Seminar in Latina/o Studies
  • Research Methods in Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnic Studies Community Practicum
  • Graduate Projects in the Teaching of Ethnic Studies
  • Advanced Research Seminar in Ethnic Studies (or Area of Emphasis Course)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission Requirements:
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field related to the program as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 semester (16 quarter) units in ethnic-related course work or have comparable experience.
  • Must have completed a basic course in statistics.
Submit the following information to the graduate coordinator of the College of Ethnic Studies :
  • College transcripts
  • The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies application that includes a statement of purpose outlining background experiences and possible community involvement
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • An 8-15 page writing sample that best reflects the applicant's ability to do research in proposed areas of graduate study
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      7176 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      7176 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for San Francisco

    • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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