Combined M.A. in AADS/PhD In Global Sociocultural Studies

Combined MA in African and African Diaspora (AADS)
PhD in Global and Sociocultural Studies

Combined Degree Description

The combined African & African Diaspora Studies MA/Global & Sociocultural Studies PhD program allows qualified graduate students to pursue both degrees at the same time. Applicants must meet the admission eligibility requirements (see the appropriate sections in this graduate catalog) and follow the admission procedures for both programs.

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.

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).

To be accepted into this program, students must submit an online graduate application to the PhD in Global and Sociocultural Studies 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 1st (please note NEW deadline) 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 Global and Sociocultural Studies Department faculty members who would be appropriate dissertation advisors (Note: Consult the department's 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 Global Sociocultural Studies is highly recommended.

The application file must be complete by the respective deadlines before the African & African Diaspora Studies/Global & Sociocultural Studies Graduate Program Committees will consider the applicant for admission.

Required Credits

Students must fulfill the requirements for both programs. The 36 credits for the MA in AADS earned by students will count toward the 75 credits required for the Ph.D. in GSS.

During their first two years of enrollment in this combined degree program, students will enroll in the following courses. These courses are part of the Core courses for the GSS Ph.D. and fulfill the African & African Diaspora Studies MA methods requirement: SYA 6127 Theory and Inquiry (Fall Yr 1), SYA 6315 Social Research Quantitative Methods (Fall Yr 2)

The following courses will also be taken by African & African Diaspora Studies MA students during the first two years of the program and will count toward the MA (9 credits):

ANG 5093 Research Design and Methods (Spring Yr 1)
AFA 5005 African & African Diaspora Studies Theory (Fall Yr1)
AFA 6920 African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Colloquium

During the first two years of enrollment, the courses taken by students enrolled in this combined MA in AADS / PhD in GSS program will follow this proposed course of study:

FallYr1 SYA 6127 Theory and Inquiry
Fall Yr1 AFA 5005 African & African Diaspora Studies Theory
Fall Yr1 Elective
Fall Yr1 AFA 6920 African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Colloquium


Spring Yr1 ANG 5093 Research Design and Methods
Spring Yr1 Elective
Spring Yr1 Elective


FallYr2 SYA 6315 Social Research Quantitative Methods
Fall Yr2 Elective
Fall Yr2 Elective


Spring Yr2 SYA Proposal Writing Course
Spring Yr2 Elective
Spring Yr2 Elective


Summer A Yr2 AFA 6851 Advanced Seminar in AADS

To graduate from the MA in AADS, students enrolled in this combined MA/PhD program must elect the research proposal option and take the GSS proposal writing course SYA 6959 prior to enrolling in the required exit course AFA 6851 Advanced Seminar in AADS (6 credits total for both courses). The research paper/proposal option is the only option available for students enrolled in this combined MA/PhD program.

The remaining 15 credits for the M.A. must be taken as follows:

  • 9 credits of elective courses with a clear AADS focus from within the
  • Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, and 6 credits of elective
  • Courses from outside that Department and within the College of Arts & vSciences (see the AADS Humanities and Social Sciences lists of graduate courses). Students are advised to take at least 9 credits in their chosen major discipline for GSS (anthropology, geography, or sociology).

Students should apply for graduation with the MA in AADS as soon as they have completed all requirements for the degree – including the exit requirements, as specified for the MA in African & African Diaspora Studies. Ordinarily, students will complete these requirements and earn their MA before advancing to candidacy for the PhD in Global & Sociocultural Studies. All students must undergo a successful M.A. review upon completion of the AADS Masters Program requirements in order to continue toward the Ph.D. in GSS. The GSS Graduate Committee, along with an appointee from AADS, conducts these reviews. The purpose of the M.A. review is to determine the ability of the student to do Ph.D. level work with the department’s faculty. Among the information considered during the review are students’ performances and grades in courses, and faculty recommendations.

Required Credits

Students must fulfill the requirements for both programs. The 36 credits for the MA in AADS earned by students will count toward the 75 credits required for the Ph.D. in Global & Sociocultural Studies. To graduate, students must complete the requirements of the Global & Sociocultural Studies doctoral program, and one of its majors (anthropology, geography, or sociology).

Prescribed required courses and other requirements

See the sections of the FIU graduate course catalog that describe the MA in African & African Diaspora Studies.

For the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Global & Sociocultural Studies:
See the relevant sections of the FIU graduate course catalog for details.