Established in 1980, the Master of Arts Program in African American Studies focuses on the origin of African and diasporic cultures in the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The program provides a theoretical base of knowledge, exposure to methods of research, and a context for analyzing and interpreting the African diasporic experience, which can be invaluable either in further graduate study or in a specific job or career choice.

IMPORTANT: The deadline to apply for the Af-Am Masters Program for the 2023-2024 school year is December 1st, 2022.

Fellowships and Funding

For applicants and entering students, student financial support funds at UCLA are provided to graduate students in the form of grants, fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships and graduate student researcher appointments. Support based solely on need is also provided, in the form of work-study and loans, through the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

Admission Program Information

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process.

M.A. Program Checklist (PDF)

Refer to the M.A. Program checklist to track your course requirements and further details.

M.A. Program Checklist (Word)