Admission Requirements and Procedures

M.A. in AADS

Applicants should consult the FIU catalog for the most updated requirements. To access the requirements for the MA in AADS in FIU's catalog, please click here.

Each applicant to the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program must complete a graduate application form, available online at by clicking here and arrange to send transcripts of all prior college (undergraduate and graduate) work and official reports of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) and TOEFL (if applicable) to FIU's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Along with copies of the above material, each applicant should also submit:

  1. A statement of purpose, expressing the applicant's academic and professional objectives to the director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program.
  2. Writing samples and other relevant professional work that may support the application.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from university professors who are able to comment on the applicant’s academic potential. The letters of recommendation should be addressed to the Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program.

The deadline for receipt of the entire application—including all supporting materials and letters of recommendation—is January 1st (please note NEW deadline!). We encourage applicants to send their application materials sooner. To be admitted into the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program a student must meet the University's graduate admission requirements, which can be found in Florida International University's Graduate Catalog and the following minimum standards:

  1. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and a combined score of 1050 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants must submit both grade transcripts and GRE scores for consideration. The student must also have a GPA of 3.5 on any previous graduate work.
  3. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the IBT TOEFL or 6.3 overall on the IELTS is required.

Combined M.A. in African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS)/PhD in International Relations

To be accepted into this program, students must submit a doctoral application in International Relations with a sub-plan of MA in AADS by January 15 in the year in which they wish to begin their studies. To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 in undergraduate work.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in any prior graduate work.
  3. Minimum score of 1120 in the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  4. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 90 on the IBT TOEFL (equivalent to 575 on the paper-based version, or 232 on the computer-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required.

Applicants must follow the admission procedures for both programs (see the appropriate sections in this graduate catalog). Only applications to begin studies in the fall semester will be considered. This new designation will appear in the menu of programs in the graduate application, and students must indicate their intention to apply for this combined program.

Each applicant must complete an online graduate application form available by clicking here and arrange to send transcripts of all prior college (undergraduate and graduate) work and official reports of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) and TOEFL (if applicable) to FIU's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Additional documents:

  1. Along with copies of the above material, each applicant should also submit a separate statement of purpose expressing the applicant's academic and professional objectives.
  2. Applicants must include writing samples and other relevant professional work that may support their applications.
  3. Applicants must request three letters of recommendation from university professors who are able to comment on the various aspects of the student's academic ability. The letters of recommendation should be addressed to Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program. AADS will photocopy the recommendation letters once they are all in and send them to the Graduate Program Director of the International Relations department.

Combined M.A. in African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS)/Ph.D in Global and Sociocultural Studies

To be accepted into this program, students must submit a doctoral application in Global and Sociocultural Studies with a sub-plan of MA in AADS by January 1st (please note NEW deadline!) in the year in which they wish to begin their studies. Applicants must meet the admission eligibility requirements and follow the admission procedures for both programs. This new designation will appear in the menu of programs in the graduate application, and students must indicate their intention to apply for this combined program.

To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in undergraduate work.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in any prior graduate work.
  3. Minimum score of 1120 in the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  4. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the IBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 6.3 overall on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants must follow the admission procedures for both programs (see the appropriate sections in this graduate catalog). Only applications to begin studies in the fall semester will be considered.

Each applicant must complete an online graduate application form available by clicking here and arrange to send transcripts of all prior college (undergraduate and graduate) work and official reports of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) and TOEFL (if applicable) to FIU's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Along with copies of the above material, each applicant should also submit:

  1. A statement of purpose, expressing the applicant's academic and professional objectives to the director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program.
  2. Writing samples and other relevant professional work that may support the application.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from university professors who are able to comment on the applicant’s academic potential. The letters of recommendation should be addressed to the Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Program.

Combined M.A. in African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS)/Ph.D in Atlantic History

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution for higher education (or equivalent);
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for the last two years of undergraduate work and/or a GPA of 3.25 on any previous graduate work;
  3. Minimum score of 1120 (combined verbal and quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or for International students, a minimum score of 525 on the EXADEP (Spanish version of the GRE); or a minimum of 590 on the GMAT;
  4. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English and have not obtained a degree from an English-speaking academic institution are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 90 on the IBT TOEFL (equivalent to 575 on the paper-based version, or 232 on the computer-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language is required.

Admission Procedure

To be accepted into this program, students must submit a doctoral application for a PhD in History with a sub-plan for a MA in Africa and African Diaspora Studies. This designation will appear in the menu of programs in the graduate application. The application must be submitted by January 15 in the year in which they wish to begin their studies.

The following documents must be submitted as part of the application. They will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee from both units.

  • Official transcripts of all prior college-level work (undergraduate Bachelor’s degree and any graduate transcripts;
  • Official GRE scores or equivalent;
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable;
  • A curriculum vita;
  • A detailed statement of research interests, which should include your reasons for seeking the MA/ PhD, future career goals, a summary of scholarly and extra-curricular activities, and the names of History Department faculty members who would be appropriate dissertation advisors (Note: Consult the department website for information about faculty members)
  • A writing sample (such as a seminar paper) which demonstrates the ability to conduct research and write effectively; and
  • Three letters of reference from academic sources or others able to judge academic abilities and potential. In addition, an interview (in person or phone) with members of the MA in AADS Program and/or appropriate faculty in the Department of History is highly recommended.

Certificate Programs in AADS

To apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in AADS, students should do the following:

  1. Complete the certificate application form available online and submit to the AADS Department.
  2. Complete the AADS Undergraduate Certificate Form and submit to the AADS Department.

To apply for the fully online program, students should to the following:

  1. Complete the FIU certificate application form, available here.
  2. Complete the AADS Online Certificate Form

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in AADS:

  1. Please complete an application available by clicking here. (Application fee required). (Please ensure that you complete the correct form based on your status as an FIU or a non-FIU applicant)
  2. Complete the AADS Graduate Certificate Form and submit to the AADS Department.

For additional information on the application process please call African & African Diaspora Studies at (305) 348 6860 or email africana@fiu.edu