African Studies, M.A. | Ohio University | Athens, United States
24 months
17436 USD/year
17436 USD/year
9444 USD/year
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The MA African Studies program at Ohio University provides students, scholars, and members of the broader community opportunities to develop their understanding of this important world region.


The MA African Studies Program strives to provide students with a strong grounding in the traditional African Studies core disciplines (including political science, anthropology, history, geography, literature) while giving them the opportunity to form their course of study around their professional and academic goals. 

Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions. Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case-study of the process of social change in the developing world.

Program Learning Objectives

Students will have a broad familiarity with Africa’s geographic, historical and linguistic variety. In addition, students will be prepared to:

  • Communicate African issues orally and in writing in a professional manner
  • Use a variety of methodological approaches to African research and relevant ethical problem
  • Investigate and analyze African social and cultural issues
  • Mount independent research projects focusing on African content
  • Work in multicultural settings on African and related projects

Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of the African Studies program at Ohio University have gone on to pursue career opportunities all over the world in politics, foreign service, public health, government and non-governmental organizations, and international development agencies, as well as teaching and research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Readings in African Studies
  • Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
  • Media and the Muslim world
  • The Politics of Developing Areas 
  • Gender, Environment and Development 
  • Fundamentals of Global Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Requirements: 

In addition to university admission requirements of a minimum of a 4-year bachelor’s degree and a TOEFL of 80+ for non-native English speakers, students need to also submit;

  • Resume or CV
  • A personal statement or statement of purpose: Should speak to your career goals and how the program fits into that
  • An autobiographical sketch: Should highlight your experiences and how they influenced your decision to apply to the program
  • 3 letters of recommendation: Should be academic references.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8718 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8718 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4722 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Athens

1079 - 1780 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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