Deadline for application: December 15

The Graduate School has an extensive website where you will find information regarding admissions and how to apply online. It is very important you read all information carefully.

All applicants to our program must meet the University of Wisconsin Graduate School’s admission requirements

Information regarding fellowships, tuition, housing, cost of living, etc. can be found at financial aid.

Read the application and corresponding instructions carefully. Only the online application and the $75 application fee are sent to the Graduate School. Other materials must be sent to the Department of Afro-American Studies.

To apply to the Master’s program, please submit your application and letters of recommendation through Applicant Review.

  • Official transcript(s) or academic records from each institution attended
    [International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and offical signatures.]
  • Reasons for Graduate Study if you did not include this with your online application to the Graduate School
  • A writing sample
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • If applying, please inform the department of any home/email address changes. This is very important.

The Department of African American Studies does not currently require students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), although we recommend that you do so. Students who do not take the GRE are ineligible for certain types of financial aid. Admission to the department is competitive: the minimum overall GPA required is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a GPA above 3.3 are especially encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students who have completed undergraduate courses in subjects related to Afro-American history, culture, or society or who have completed an undergraduate major in one of the following fields: Afro-American Studies; a related social science discipline; the humanities.

The department admits students only once a year, in January, for the following academic year which begins in the fall. The department must receive all materials by December 15 if you wish to be considered for the Bridge Program, grant funding or a teaching assistantship during the academic year. Applications received after December 15 and by January 15 will be considered, but not for funding or the Bridge Program. It is your responsibility to check with the department prior to January 15 regarding the receipt of your materials. Materials submitted to the department cannot be returned.