African - American Studies, M.A. | Columbia University | Manhattan, United States
12 months
64726 USD/year
64726 USD/year
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The African - American Studies MA program at Columbia University is designed to provide graduate-level training in African-American studies to scholars, teachers, and professionals whose career or professional needs may be furthered or served by intensive scholarly engagement.


The African - American Studies program at Columbia University provides students with a thorough grounding in the literature and research of African-American studies, and enables them to produce critical analysis and research about the complex and historically specific experiences of Africans in the Americas. 

Key Features 

  • Students also learn how those experiences have contributed to and been shaped by political, cultural, and economic forces both nationally and globally.
  • To fulfill the MA degree requirements, students must take two residence Units (32 points of graduate credit) and complete an MA thesis. It is possible to complete the degree in two semesters.

Programme Structure

  • The MA in African American Studies at Columbia is a 30-credit interdisciplinary program that will support your scholarly interests and research in the African-American experience and in the cultures and histories of the wider African Diaspora. 
  • Our program is organized to provide you with the opportunity and flexibility to design a program of study and a thesis project that addresses your intellectual interests and career ambitions.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources 
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    64726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32363 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    64726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32363 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
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