Dual M.A. with African & African-American Studies

Museum Studies and African & African-American Studies offer dual master’s degrees with coordinated curricula so you can complete two M.A. degrees in three years. We apply 15 graduate credit hours to both programs, meaning you complete a 33-credit-hour AAAS degree and a 36-credit-hour Museum Studies degree with just 54 graduate credits. 

This program enhances and diversifies opportunities for graduate students who are motivated to enter the cultural heritage field as specialists in African & African-American Studies. It also allows you to expand your contacts with faculty, enhance your professional networks and deepen your knowledge of both fields of study.

How to Apply

You'll complete the KU Graduate Studies Application to the AAAS and Museum Studies Combined M.A., meeting the established admission requirements of each program. Neither program requires the GRE. Admission into one program does not guarantee admission to the other.

AAAS Admissions Requirements

MUSE Admissions Requirements

Fall application deadline: February 3 for Fall 2025

If you’ve begun coursework in either AAAS or Museum Studies, you can apply to the joint degree prior to competing all course work requirements for the first degree. In consultation with the respective directors of graduate study, you may receive credit for course work already completed. However, depending on when the application for admission to the second degree program is submitted, you may be required take more than the required 54 credit hours of course work to obtain both degrees.

Please see the Admission to Graduate Study policy for additional information on admission requirements.