African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

MA applications due December 15th

Wed, October 26, 2011
MA applications due December 15th

The deadline to apply for matriculation in the Fall semester of 2012 is December 15th, 2011.

The Master of Arts degree in African and African Diaspora Studies is designed to provide students with the skills and perspectives necessary to engage in an interdisciplinary scholarly approach to examining the lives of people of African descent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, including the United States.  Students will explore the political, cultural, social, economic, artistic, and intellectual processes of people of African descent, and the personal and public forces that impinge on their experiences.  The curriculum offered is methodologically pluralistic, with a thematic and comparative approach that allows for a multi-layered understanding of Black experiences. 
The program's objective is to provide students with the broad foundational knowledge in African and African Diaspora Studies (also commonly known as Africana, Black, African and African American, African and/or Black Diaspora Studies) necessary to pursue a career and/or Ph.D. study in this scholarly area or related fields.  Students successfully completing the Master's program will be able to critically assess issues encountered by people of African descent from multiple perspectives; conduct original research; publish relevant scholarly material; and contribute to the public discourse on race.
Since the skills and content of the program cut across a variety of professional settings, graduates will be prepared for careers in many fields.

African and African Diaspora Studies Master's Program Admissions:

All applicants must meet the Graduate School's minimum requirements, including:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • A 3.0 or higher GPA in upper-division coursework.
  • Official GRE score(s)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score(s), if applicable.

The Master of Arts Degree program in African and African Diaspora Studies admits students to start during the fall semster only.


The following materials are required for the application:

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study (For instructions from the Graduate School: How To Apply)
  • Application fee: $65 for US citizens and permanent residents; $90 for international applicants
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended.
  • Official GRE score report: Standard GRE test must have been taken within the past five years. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882
  • Statement of purpose: Submitted through the online application form. (describe intellectual interests, goals, and reasons for pursuing a master's degree in African and African Diaspora Studies. Identify AADS faculty members that you would like to work with. Please state which curriculum plan you intend on pursuing--Plan A or Plan B--and why)
  • Three letters of recommendation: Submitted through the online application form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit letters from academic references who can speak to the prospective student's scholarly abilities. Letters not submitted through the online system will not be accepted.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Academic Writing Sample A piece of analytical writing, no longer than 30 pages. NOTE: this document is not part of the online application. It should be uploaded separately through the Application Status Check website.

All required application materials except transcripts should be submitted electronically.

Important information about transcripts:
You must upload one copy of the official academic transcript from every senior college you have attended. Transcripts are not required from junior colleges and community colleges. See instructions for uploading the pdf of your transcript.

Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college's transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Transcripts must have been produced by the sending institution within the past calendar year.

You can speed the processing of your application by having your transcript(s) sent electronically. Institutions that are on the Texas Electronic Transcript Network or which use the national ANSI ASC X12 transcript format (SPEEDE) can provide electronic transcripts. GIAC prefers to receive electronic transcripts because they can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Check with the registrar of your institution to find out if transcripts can be sent via the SPEEDE server. We cannot accept electronic transcripts sent in any other format (pdf), by email, or by links to secure web sites.

International transcripts:
If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be uploaded together with the original language records. Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e., the subjects taken and grades [marks] earned in each subject.

Please contact Mr. Joel Suarez at or 512-471-4362 with questions.

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