12 months
61050 USD/year
61050 USD/year
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The Master of Arts degree in African American Studies at Boston University 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.


Key facts

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.

Candidates for the Master of Arts in African American Studies at Boston University must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Because of the broad focus of this program, there are no specific undergraduate concentration requirements except that the student must have completed some study in both the humanities and the social sciences.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • African American History
  • History of Racial Thought or 
  • Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
  • Six additional courses in African American Studies
  • Literary and Cultural Criticism in the African Diaspora

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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    61050 USD/year
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  • National

    61050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 61050 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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