Earn an MA or PhD in African American Studies

The Department of Africology and African American Studies provides graduate and doctoral-level students with an Afrocentric study of the history, culture, art, politics and economics of Africans, African Americans and people of African descent. We are well-known for our innovation, energy and influence in Black studies; Temple’s professors have published more books than any other department of African American Studies faculty in the nation. Our graduates lead more programs in African American studies than any other similar program.

Get Involved in the Black Studies Academic Community

Our faculty edits the top journal in our discipline, the Journal of Black Studies. We also participate in all the significant associations in our discipline, including the National Council for Black Studies and Afrocentricity International. We encourage our students to collaborate with faculty in research, conferences, field trips and joint writing projects. If you join our program, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the Journal of Black Studies and participate in African American Studies conferences with us.

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PhD in African American Studies

Temple was the first university to offer a PhD program in African American Studies. Our program reflects a deep commitment to the Afrocentric, or self-directed, exploration of academic experiences. It is the goal of the department that graduates of our PhD program are prepared to engage in a diverse range of intellectual issues that affect the lives of Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. Our students are prepared for university teaching and scholarly research; our graduates have excellent employment track records in major universities nationwide.

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MA in African American Studies

The MA in African American Studies is designed to teach students about fundamental theoretical and practical issues confronting African people trans-continentally and trans-generationally. The MA program seeks to answer the personal and intellectual aspirations of students that are not satisfied by a BA degree in African American Studies. An MA in African American Studies often serves as a basis for a PhD in the discipline or in an affiliated field.

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Academic Advising

As a student working toward your MA or PhD, you’ll be guided toward a concentration based on your interests and the available resources at the department.

Possible concentrations include

  • African and African American History
  • African and African American Literature
  • African American Drama
  • African American Psychology
  • African Civilizations
  • African Languages
  • Afrocentric Theory
  • Caribbean Culture
  • Cultural Studies
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Temple Graduate School Funding

At Temple, we believe that students from all walks of life should have access to a college education. If you need help paying for graduate school, you aren’t alone. Most students receive some form of financial aid to fund their education. Graduate students are eligible for financial assistance from federal, state, private, and university sources. We encourage you to explore all of the opportunities available and apply early to make your education an affordable experience.

Admissions Process

Admission requirements to the MA and PhD programs in Africology and African American Studies follow the general requirements established by Temple University. The deadline for the MA and PhD program is the same.

Application Deadline: Fall Semester: Jan. 15

Graduate Admissions to Temple University

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Curriculum and Academic Requirements

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante
615A Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-4322

Graduate Chair:
Dr. Ama Mazama
817 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-1992

Belinda Wilson
821 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-0472

Tammey Abner
808 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-8491