Graduate Programs

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Africana Studies: M.A., 4+1, Certificate


The graduate program of the Department of Africana Studies provides students with critical exposure to the multidisciplinary study of people and cultures of African descent in the United States, Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Europe. The program provides a balance of a foundation and multidisciplinary research methods in Africana studies. The M.A. degree offers advanced study in the four pillars of the department: Pan African consciousness, public humanities, gender and sexuality studies, and visual and material culture.

The department also offers the graduate certificate program, through which UD students in any graduate department may amplify the Africana analysis in their own course of study.

In addition, the Department of Africana Studies participates in the University’s African American Public Humanities Initiative, an interdisciplinary program integrating the disciplines of history, English, art history and Africana studies to train students for a broad range of careers in and beyond the academy.

Individuals with graduate degrees in Africana Studies hold professional positions in government, schools, community organizations and journalism, as well as academic positions in colleges and universities.


Application Deadlines


January 5: To be considered for departmental funding

May 1: Admission deadline without a guarantee of departmental funding consideration

4+1 Applicants must apply by Feb 15 of their junior year.

Graduate Certificate has rolling admission September–May.

*International applicants are not eligible to obtain a U.S. student visa solely with an acceptance to a UD Graduate Certificate program. Certificates may be added by full-time matriculated graduate students.

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,069.

All or nearly all students receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship.