African Studies (Collaborative Master's)

The collaborative master’s program with a specialization in African Studies is especially designed for Carleton University master’s students in participating programs in the Faculties of Arts and Social Science, Public Affairs, and the Sprott School of Business who wish to enrich their training by developing expertise in African Studies through interdisciplinary dialogue.

Capital Advantage

This collaboration gives you access to the best concentrated expertise on African Studies in Canada. Ottawa provides you with easy access to non-governmental organizations working in fields such as international development, human rights and the environment, as well as Federal Government departments such as Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Immigration and Citizenship and Export Development Canada. Rich holdings of archival material are available in the National Archives of Canada. Ottawa is also home to a growing number of African-Canadian and diaspora community groups, African diplomatic representatives and Africanist faculty at three universities.

Application Information

Applicants wishing to apply to the collaborative master’s program in African Studies must indicate this in their application(s) to the participating program(s). You will be required to complete the African Studies Specialization Form available in the online application of the participating master’s program and this must be uploaded as part of your main application. The form will require you to indicate the reasons why you are interested in this collaboration and can be the same as your main Statement of Intent.

The African Studies Specialization Form must be submitted by the application deadline of the participating master’s program.

Applicants interested in applying to the collaborative master’s program in African Studies after beginning their master’s program must contact the Institute of African Studies for more information.

Note: applicants applying to the MA: International Affairs program or the Master of Journalism program must contact the Institute of African Studies for more information regarding applying to the collaborative master’s program in African Studies.

Participating Programs

Faculty Research Highlights

  • International development (e.g., law, gender, economics, post-conflict, governance, health, human rights, private sector, historicity)
  • Colonialism and postcoloniality
  • Diaspora migration
  • Media and new technologies
  • Race, gender, class and languages in African histories, societies, cultures, and polities
  • Literatures, films, music and oral histories

Contact Information

Graduate Supervisor: Professor Nduka Otiono