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Applying to the Graduate Program

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
  • 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 TEOFL 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 IDPs
African Studies Graduate Admissions
10373 Bunche Hall
Box 951487
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


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