12 months
26544 USD/year
26544 USD/year
11442 USD/year
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The Folklore Program at the University of California, Berkeley trains intellectual leaders in folkloristics for the twenty-first century.


We seek to provide a deep, critical, and theoretically-informed reading of folklore scholarship from the seventeenth century through the present. We urge students to develop a particular field of expertise in folkloristics. 

At the same time, we advise our graduate students to develop strong grounding in another discipline or multidisciplinary perspective, such as race and ethnic studies, performance studies, science studies, rhetoric, narrative theory, ethnomusicology, materiality, women's and queer theory, and others, in order to bring new perspectives to their work in folkloristics.

Learning outcomes

The Folklore Program at University of California, Berkeley is a creative and international center for scholarship and academic training that focuses on the relationship between traditionality and modernity in contemporary research and social life, the historical emergence of traditional cultural forms, and the importance of tradition in shaping political and social projects. It has become a key locus of efforts to scrutinize Eurocentric genealogies of folkloristics and create alternatives.

Programme Structure

  • The M.A. in Folklore requires a minimum of 20 units of coursework, of which at least three four- unit courses must be graduate level, and an M.A. thesis based upon fieldwork or some other original, in-depth research project. 
  • During their first year of study, students take the core seminar, Folklore 262A-262B, Theories of Traditionality and Modernity. 
  • Students are also required to take Anthropology 160 AC, The Forms of Folklore, which provides an overview of folklore and folkloristics, if they have not already taken a course providing an overview of the field, or they may be advised to take a related Anthropology 289 with readings and exercises appropriate to graduate- level study. 
  • A graduate methodology course is also required for M.A. students, taken in an area relating to student's proposed thesis research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
    • a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
    • enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
    • Evidence of English Language Proficiency
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Application Fee: The application fee is not re­fundable. If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $105; for all others, the fee is $125.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13272 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    26544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13272 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11442 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5721 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Berkeley

1750 - 2820 USD /month
Living costs

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