Information regarding application and financial assistance.
Note that the African Studies graduate program offers a Master's degree (M.A.) only. There is no PhD in African Studies offered at UCLA.
General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be found at UCLA’s Graduate Division Website.
The deadline to apply to the African Studies interdepartmental graduate program is December 1. All applicants must apply electronically for graduate admission. The applicants will be notified about the admission decision by mid-March.
The following materials are required components of the admission application:
Three letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose (two pages maximum). Your statement of purpose should describe academic, Africa-related and/or professional experience
An academic writing sample, or otherwise published work
Graduate Record Examination scores . Please use Institution Code 4837 and Department Code 5199
Official transcripts. An unofficial transcript may be uploaded via on-line admission application, however, we require one copy of official transcripts to be sent to our office in a sealed envelope. If transcripts are not in English, an authorized translation has to be provided.
International applicants have to submit TOEFL scores. Applicants who hold a degree from a university located in U.S. or another country where English is both a primary spoken language and the language of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full time study at such institution are not required to submit TOEFL scores. For more information please review English Requirements.
African Studies M.A. Program Inquiries:
Telephone: (310) 206-6571
UCLA International Institute
African Studies Graduate Admissions
10373 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487