Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Cecil Foster
737 Clemens Hall
732 Clemens Hall
(716) 645-0797 Phone
(716) 645-5976 Fax
Our M.A. and Ph.D. students come from richly varied academic backgrounds. Most have earned undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in the humanities, arts, or social sciences, with majors in fields such as African American studies, American studies, Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, History, Media studies, Music, Political science, Religious studies, Romance languages, Sociology, Visual studies, and Women’s studies. Whatever their educational backgrounds, successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of scholarly interest in the history and culture of the Americas.
We encourage and welcome applications from diverse people who, whether traditional or non-traditional, are committed to excellence and rigor in their scholarship. In the past decade our graduate program has attracted talented students from all over the United States, from dozens of Native American Nations, and from countries around the world, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Georgia, Guyana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Our Ph.D. program trains students for intellectual work in many different careers, including the highest levels of college and university teaching and research. It consists of three basic stages: 1) coursework, 2) written and oral exams, and 3) researching, writing, and defending a dissertation. Most of our doctoral students complete their Ph.D. within four to seven years.
The first deadline for applying to our Ph.D. program for fall 2014 admission is January 3, 2014.
UB = 2925
Dept. = 2206
TOEFL = 27
Our M.A. program offers students a solid grounding in the professional study of the history and culture of the Americas. Because our program serves a varied audience – from documentary producers to social workers to predoctoral students – we offer a broad-based curriculum that includes many opportunities to pursue specific research interests. Most of our M.A. students complete the degree within two years.
We will consider applications to our M.A. program on a rolling basis for fall 2014 admission. The deadline for applying for our first review is February 3, 2014. The earlier you submit your application the better chance you will have to be considered for Fellowship money.
If you are a minority or the first generation in your family to attend college, and you meet the academic guidelines, you may be considered for a Schomburg Fellowship. To be considered, please submit an additional personal statement indicating why you would be a good candidate for this Fellowship. Please click on the following link to learn more about this Fellowship.
UB offers a Humanities Interdisciplinary M.A. - Concentration in Caribbean Cultural Studies, a first-of-its-kind program that provides students a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the complex history, cultures, and intellectual traditions of the Caribbean and the Atlantic world.
Please click on the following link to pay your graduate application fee:
Please note that this link is also found on the on-line application.
For more information about specific areas of study, please contact our Graduate Coordinators:
Professor Jose Buscaglia
Director of the Program in Caribbean Studies
Graduate Coordinator of Atlantic, Latin American, and Latino Studies
Professor Munroe Eagles
Graduate Coordinator of Canadian Studies
Professor Theresa McCarthy
Graduate Coordinator of Native American Studies
Professor Cynthia Wu
Graduate Coordinator of Asian American studies, Disability studies, and Queer theory
To learn about our AMS Graduate Student Association, please click on our Facebook link below:
You can also check out our annual Storytellers Conference, co-organized with the Native Graduate Association: