The M.A. program in African Studies allows students to engage in interdisciplinary study and intensive research on Africa from a wide range of disciplines, including fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional fields.  A joint degree program with the School of Public Health is available to students interested in pursuing M.A. and M.Ph. degrees concurrently. 


The M.A. degree can serve as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. at UCLA or elsewhere, allowing students to build expertise and language capabilities.  According to a recent survey, 50% of the program graduates continue studying at the post-graduate level, about 20% are employed in higher education, and a significant percentage work in international or foreign organizations in numerous countries.






Going Global Conference

 Launched in 2011, the UCLA International Institute’s Going Global Graduate Student Conference provides a forum for graduate students across disciplines to present their research that examines critically a wide variety of global issues from different angles and perspectives.  


9th Annual UCLA International Institute Going Global Conference
Agency and Community in Combating Global Challenges
May 26th, 2022

The conference is on hiatus in 2022-23.  

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Conference speaker Prof. Cindy Fan  (bottom row, left) and the 2021 organizing committee


Please check our website for schedule information.  

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