Master of arts in african studies

The one-year Master of Arts program in African Studies at Stanford University is designed for highly qualified college graduates who have previous experience working, living or studying in Africa.

The program seeks a diverse group of students prepared to pursue a highly focused, demanding course of study in a limited time frame.

The purpose of the master's program is to further develop knowledge and skills in African Studies and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies. This is achieved through completion of courses, in the primary field as well as related areas, and experience with independent work and specialization.

2017-2018 Academic Year Application Deadline

January 10, 2017

-- Degree Requirements

-- how to apply

-- MA Fellowship

-- former students



The Center for African Studies offers a joint JD/MA program with the Stanford Law School. The program supplements specialized training on Africa with rigorous training as a lawyer.

To enroll in the joint program, students must be admitted to both the Stanford Law School JD degree, the MA in African Studies degree and petition for joint degree status.

Applicants for the joint JD/MA program follow the same application format as the MA program. However, for information and for instructions on how to apply to the JD program please visit Law and International, Comparative and Area Studies