Admission Requirements


Admissions Tests and Prerequisites for the MA

Candidates for the Master of Arts in African American Studies must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Because of the broad focus of this program, there are no specific undergraduate concentration requirements except that the student must have completed some study in both the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Tests are required of all applicants.

Applications and instructions for submission of complete credentials may be obtained from:

Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
705 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Applications should be submitted online directly to the Graduate Admissions Office and should include the following materials:

  • Online Application Form
  • Writing Sample
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Current CV or resume
  • Three letters of reference, preferably from faculty members who have worked with you in an academic setting
  • Transcripts from all previous institutions
  • GRE General Test results and TOEFL results, if appropriate

Financial Aid
Some departmental financial aid is available. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must have their applications in by January 31, 2017. Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee, but the program cannot guarantee funding consideration.

There are also two university-wide fellowships available for students of African American descent. Please note that these applications typically have deadlines that precede our departmental deadlines which are detailed here. You can find additional information about financial aid and scholarships available to graduate students here. In addition the Provost has list of Award opportunities here.

We encourage prospective applicants to contact Professor John Thornton, Director of Graduate Studies, for more info about the program or to discuss their research interests.