2024-2025 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in African American Studies

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in African American Studies


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2023

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit (1) two official (sealed) transcripts from every undergraduate institution attended, and (2) three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty.

All applicants must also submit (1) a two page statement of purpose describing the applicant's academic achievements and goals for study at UCLA; (2) a writing sample of approximately six pages; (3) the Diversity Fellowship Application; (4) the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students; (5) a statemetn describing the applicants qualifications for the fellowship(s) selected; (6) a one to two page personal statement describing the applicant's financial need; (7) the Supplementary Information cover sheet; and (8) an optional resume or other record of accomplishments.

African American Studies, M.A./Law, J.D.

African American Studies and the School of Law offer a four-year, concurrent degree program whereby students pursue the Master of Arts in their first year and the Juris Doctor degrees in the three subsequent years of study. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of both schools, and should, in addition, submit to African American Studies (1) a statement of purpose describing the applicant's background, proposed program of joint study in African American studies and law and including future career goals; (2) an LSAT score in lieu of the GRE; and (3) written permission to use data from the applicant's Law School admissions files.

Program Name

African American Studies

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