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.

Current Stanford undergraduate students accepted into the coterminal MA degree program in African Studies have the opportunity to take courses towards their undergraduate and graduate degree concurrently.

Degree Requirements

Visit the official African Studies Stanford Bulletin page for details on degree requirements and a list of suggested courses.

how to apply

Instructions, deadlines, and application materials for external and coterminal applicants can be found on this page.

MA Fellowship

The Center for African Studies, with support from the School of Humanities and Sciences, offers two partial fellowships to incoming MA students.  All applicants for the M.A. Program in African Studies are encouraged to apply.

former students

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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