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14 Masters Programs in African Studies

Master-level studies involve specialized research in a given subject or area of professional practice, demonstrating a level of higher mastery of the field. Program lengths range from one to two years, depending on the area of study. What is a Master in African Studies? The program prepares students to pursue a highly focused and demanding course of study by combining classroom work with field stu… Read more

Master-level studies involve specialized research in a given subject or area of professional practice, demonstrating a level of higher mastery of the field. Program lengths range from one to two years, depending on the area of study.

What is a Master in African Studies? The program prepares students to pursue a highly focused and demanding course of study by combining classroom work with field study. Students have multiple options to design transnational and interdisciplinary programs geared toward their specific interests. Coursework may include introduction to comparative education, research methodologies, urbanization in the developing world, culturalism in North Africa, African politics and global African studies.

The benefits of earning an African studies master’s degree include learning skills that benefit students’ personal and professional lives. They learn how to problem solve, communicate, organize, work with teams, self-manage and the relationship between various countries in Africa, North America and Europe.

Because program lengths vary from school to school, there are a wide range of costs. Students are encouraged to contact individual institutions that interest them and request specific fee expectations.

Graduates of this program often find marketable career opportunities in diverse industries such as human resources, politics, publishing, education, non-profit organizations, law, medicine, communications and news media. It opens the door to a wide variety of career choices and jobs, including cultural advisor, field service agent, human rights activist, lawyer, lobbyist, United Nations ambassador, immigration consultant, multiculturalism liaison officer, non-profit foundation manager, journalist, community outreach director and foreign correspondent.

Many online options exist for this program, which is helpful for prospective students in remote areas with limited access to a university. It also makes it easier for today’s adult learners to enroll in classes through distance learning modules. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Saint Petersburg University
Saint Petersburg , Russia

Extensive experience in teaching African languages combined with a comprehensive set of courses relevant for African studies.

Extensive experience in teaching African languages combined with a comprehensive set of courses relevant for African studies. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Al Akhawayn University (in Ifrane)
Ifran , Morocco

The Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies (NAMES) offers an intensive study of social sciences and humanities courses focusing on North Africa and the Mid ... +

The Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies (NAMES) offers an intensive study of social sciences and humanities courses focusing on North Africa and the Middle East. The program takes advantage of the school's faculty expertise in Northern Africa, in particular, while also offering opportunities to attend lectures by regional specialists and to conduct fieldwork or archival research. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
31 Aug 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth , Germany

This English-taught master’s program builds on knowledge relating to the diversity and creativity in languages, literature, arts, and media in Africa. The interdisciplinary or ... +

This English-taught master’s program builds on knowledge relating to the diversity and creativity in languages, literature, arts, and media in Africa. The interdisciplinary orientation and subject combinations make the program one-of-a-kind. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
English
Nov 2020
Campus
 
Leiden University
Leiden , Netherlands +9 More

The master's in African Studies at Leiden University is an advanced area studies qualification that combines world-class scholarship with practice-based learning.

The master's in African Studies at Leiden University is an advanced area studies qualification that combines world-class scholarship with practice-based learning. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The MA Coursework program consists of two-course work modules (one offered in the first semester and one in the second semester), and a minor dissertation. The course work mod ... +

The MA Coursework program consists of two-course work modules (one offered in the first semester and one in the second semester), and a minor dissertation. The course work modules have a weighting of 45 credits each. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Jan 2021
30 Oct 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

The MA in African Studies provides an unrivalled programme of advanced modules on Africa; one of the world’s most fascinating and challenging regions. The opportunity for an i ... +

The MA in African Studies provides an unrivalled programme of advanced modules on Africa; one of the world’s most fascinating and challenging regions. The opportunity for an interdisciplinary study of the continent is a particular advantage of the degree. Our former students have chosen to study Africa at this level for a wide range of reasons. For some, a deep interest in the history and culture or political economy of a particular region is sufficient motivation, but for many students, the programme has, in addition, been followed with the intention of furthering their career opportunities. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Ghana
Accra , Ghana

The graduate programme in African Studies aims to foster critical thinking among students and to equip them with the resources, tools, and methods for an enhanced understandin ... +

The graduate programme in African Studies aims to foster critical thinking among students and to equip them with the resources, tools, and methods for an enhanced understanding and appreciation of issues pertinent to -
MA
Full-time
2 years
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Midlands State University
Gweru , Zimbabwe

The programme aims to train students who will be able to develop and apply sound conceptual, analytical and critical skills that are required for an in-depth study of varied i ... +

The programme aims to train students who will be able to develop and apply sound conceptual, analytical and critical skills that are required for an in-depth study of varied issues and themes in African History. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Leiden University
Leiden , Netherlands +9 More

The Research Master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of ... +

The Research Master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

A postgraduate degree in African Literature from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the ... +

A postgraduate degree in African Literature from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories. -
MA
Full-time
2 - 4 years
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

On this programme students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, to ... +

On this programme students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities. By focusing on theoretical and methodological questions, they are equipped with the terms and approaches needed for in-depth study of contemporary art. This is combined with the study of contemporary art from a range of Asian and African contexts. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practise with a regional focus on the Middle East & North Africa. This programme will give y ... +

Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practise with a regional focus on the Middle East & North Africa. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in the Middle East & North Africa. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Oct 2020
30 Sep 2020
Online
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa. The MSc African Poli ... +

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa. The MSc African Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of one for the other) in Africa. At a Masters level, there is particular emphasis on seminar work. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a ... +

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
 

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