Combined M.A. in AADS/PhD International Relations

Combined MA in African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS)\PhD in International Relations

Combined Degree Description

The Combined MA in African and African Diaspora Studies / PhD in International Relations program allows qualified graduate students to complete the MA in African and African Diaspora Studies (MA in AADS) en route to the PhD in International Relations. This program will train doctoral students within the discipline of International Relations while giving them area studies expertise in African and African Diaspora Studies.

Admission Requirements

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 3.2 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.

Admission Procedure

To be accepted into this program, students must submit an application to the PhD in International Relations with a sub plan for a MA in African 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. Only applications to begin studies in the fall semester will be considered.

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 vitae;
  • 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 International Relations 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 International Relations is highly recommended.

The application file must be complete before the African and African Diaspora Studies/International Relations Graduate Program Committees will consider the applicant for admission. We encourage applicants to send their application material sooner.

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 INR.

MA in African & African Diaspora Studies Requirements (MA in AADS)

Thirty-six graduate credits are required for the MA in AADS, including 12 credits of core courses, 9 credits within a concentration, 15 credits of electives for the directed research paper exit option. There is also a Foreign Language Requirement.

MA in AADS Core Courses (12 credits)

  • AFA 5005 African and African Diaspora Studies Theory
  • AFA 6920 AADS graduate colloquium
  • AFA 6911 Research Paper/Proposal Writing in African and African Diaspora Studies
  • AFA 6851 Advanced Seminar in African and African Diaspora Studies

The following International Relations courses will also be taken by African and African Diaspora Studies MA students during the first two years of the program and will count toward the MA:

  • INR 5615 Research Design
  • INR 5609 Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations
  • INR 6706 Political Economy of International Relations

The remaining credits:

  • 15 credits of elective from the lists of elective courses (see M.A. in AADS): 6 to 9 credits from the Humanities list and 6 to 9 credits from the Social Sciences list

MA in AADS Research Proposal option

To graduate from the MA in AADS, students enrolled in this combined MA/PhD program must elect the research proposal option and take the proposal writing course- AFA 6911 Research Paper/Proposal Writing in African and African Diaspora Studies-

MA in AADS Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English according to the nature of their thesis or research paper/proposal and professional interests.

Application for Graduation from MA in AADS

Students should apply for graduation for the MA in AADS as soon as they have completed all requirements for the degree – including the exit option. Ordinarily, the MA will be conferred before the student advances to candidacy for the PhD in International Relations. The research paper/proposal option is the only option available for students enrolled in this dual MA/PhD program.

Total credits for the M.A.: 36

Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations (75 credits)
(The following courses in addition to all 36 MA credits)

  • 3 credits Space, Place, and Identity (GEO 6473)
  • 3 credits International Relations Theory I (INR 6604)
  • 3 credits International Relations Theory II (INR 6608)

Major and Minor Fields (12 credits)

  • 9 credits in major field of study
  • 3 credits in minor field of study

Electives (3 credits): additional elective course work according to the specific information about elective courses indicated in the Ph.D. in INR section of the catalog.

Comprehensive examinations: once students have achieved 60 credits of course work, they must sit for written examinations on the core sequence of their fields as per the Ph.D. in INR section of the catalog.

Dissertation (15 credits)

See the university catalog for relevant sections of the Ph.D. Program in International Relations for details.