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Africology and African American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, MI,
The Master of Arts in Africology & African American Studies offers two optional tracks: Applied or Thesis-based. Students are required to choose a complementary focus according to their vocational orientation or their undergraduate degrees—from among participating disciplinary programs/departments across academic disciplines and programs of Eastern Michigan University.


  • The mission of the Department of Africology and African American Studies (AAAS) is to provide robust and critical programs of study, research and service on the African world experience--including a particular focus on the life and culture of people of African descent in the Americas. 
  • The department pursues its mission by cultivating successive cadres of students imbued with community consciousness and equipped with intellectual tools for shaping the world of the present and the future, community engagement and pertinent careers.
  • AAAS engages in its study of the African descent population in the United States, the African diaspora, and the African continent itself, using a broad array of interdisciplinary tools. It has touchstones in all branches of human endeavor.
  •   The multi-racial and multi-ethnic reality that is the United States and the world today has been shaped by the grand forces of human history, including science, technology, culture, entrepreneurship, environment, politics, literature, art, law, and education. Together with the overarching themes of the human experience--ideas, power, structure, and sustainability—these forces predominate as items of study within the multi-subject curriculum of AAAS.
  • All students graduating from EMU will enter a world in which these same forces and concerns will be all defining matters of politics, public policy, societal structure, health and well-being. Technology, long term capacity and STEM will be a part of the broad canvass upon which their lives will unfold. Interweaving themselves throughout every geo-political setting in the world will be the variables of race, ethnicity, class, religion, and gender--issues at the heart of the inquiry in AAAS. Ultimately, a graduate of Africology and African American Studies is equipped with knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary for effective functioning in a multicultural, multiracial, and technologically advanced society.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Foundational Issues in Africology and African American Studies
  •  African Philosophical Thought and Aesthetics 
  • Theory and Analytical Methods in Africology
  •  Researching Black Communities 

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Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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).

Minimum requirements for admission

  • A completed graduate admissions application with application fee
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. 
  • A B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative 3.0 undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from college professors attesting to the student’s ability to pursue graduate-level work
  • Writing sample
  • A Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1347 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1347 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1347 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1347 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    762 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 762 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Ypsilanti

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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