M.A. On Campus

Africology and African American Studies

12 months
30864 USD/year
30864 USD/year
17136 USD/year
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The mission of the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University is to provide an intellectual arena in which students learn to critically examine, analyze, and interpret the experiences, traditions, and dynamics of people of African descent.


The Africology and African American Studies department's undergirding philosophy at Temple University is that the specific historical experiences of a people must be the central axis guiding and informing any effective analysis and interpretation of that people's past, present, and future. Our graduate program is informed by the African-centered/Afrocentric paradigms in relation to other perspectives in Africana studies. The program reflects a deeply ingrained commitment to the self-directed study of African peoples and has benefited from a variety of conceptual and political inputs from diverse, but fully committed, faculty participation as well as invaluable contributions from the community. The M.A. program seeks to answer the personal and intellectual aspirations of the student and the particular needs of society that are not satisfied by a baccalaureate degree. Thus, the M.A. provides more specialized study in Africology and African American Studies than the B.A. or B.S. degree and often serves as the terminal degree. It is the goal of the department that graduates with an M.A. in Africology and African American Studies be prepared to engage in a diverse range of intellectual issues that affect the lives of Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. The M.A. also serves as a strong foundation for those who intend to apply to the Ph.D. program.

Job Prospects

Graduates of the M.A. program in Africology and African American Studies find employment in a variety of public and private sector areas, including arts and humanities, business, social services, and teaching. Many secondary school teachers desire to enhance their skills by obtaining an M.A. degree in Africology and African American Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • African Civilizations
  • Theories and Methods in African American Studies
  • The Afrocentric Paradigm
  • Special Topics in African Languages
  • Proseminar in Graduate Work in African American Studies
  •  Readings in African American Social Thought
  • African American Music
  •  Seminar in the African American Woman
  • Seminar in African American Social Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete online application
  • Interview: An interview may be required.
  • Resume: Current resume required.
  • Writing Sample: The paper should be no more than 20 pages in length and fully referenced according to a professional, scholarly style manual.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.
  • Standardized Test Scores:
  • GRE: Optional. Scores may be submitted if available.
  • Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: An applicant is expected to have some academic background in Africology and African American Studies.
  • Statement of Goals: Approximately 500 to 1,000 words include your specific interest in Temple's Department of Africology and African American Studies; your research goals as they relate to Africology and African American Studies and to the social relevance of the discipline; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Tuition Fee

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    30864 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 30864 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    30864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30864 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    17136 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17136 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

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