Continue your pursuit of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) with a master’s degree or Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a student, you will advance your skills and knowledge of analysis and research so you can impact the world from a black studies perspective. Your professors will work with you to develop critical thinking skills and your own unique project focus.

Earn an MA or Ph.D. in African and African Diaspora Studies:

An academic career in AADS provides graduate & Doctoral-level students with an interdisciplinary education that centers the black epistemologies, perspectives, and interests through the study of history, culture, politics, and economics of African, African Americans and people of African descent. Our innovative faculty have published on a variety of topics.

Graduate Students

Ph.D. in African & African Diaspora Studies:

The Ph.D. in AADS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) offers two concentrations: 1_ political economy and public policy, and 2) cultures and societies of Africa and the Diaspora. Students must take courses in both concentrations to develop breadth across the vital humanities and social science subfields of black studies. Our faculty commands a wide range of expertise in political economy and public policy, cultural, economic, historical, literary, folklore, international studies, and sociological psychological inquiry.

Completed applications must be received by Dec. 1 to be considered for fall admissions. If students have not completed the GRE before the application deadline but have scheduled their test date, they may submit their application to the Graduate School with their scheduled GRE test date and send their scores to the department upon completion after the admissions deadline.

MA in African & African Diaspora Studies:

The AADS MA Program is a two-year interdisciplinary graduate degree that offers students the opportunity to develop strong theoretical knowledge, receive adequate training in research methods, become familiar with multidisciplinary analytical frameworks, while being exposed to the broad fundamental principles that guide the field of AADS. The program’s multidisciplinary scope and diverse analytical/methodological approaches make it conducive to both domestic and foreign students with different backgrounds. Thus, students can specialize in various fields, involving a wide array of subjects relating to African development/underdevelopment, public policy, race/ethnicity, history, culture, and society.

Completed applications must be received by Jan. 31 to be considered for fall admissions.

Program Information

Graduate Program Advisor

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.