Graduate Program

Ph.D. Program in African World Studies at MKAI. The MKA Institute for Afrocentric Studies has instituted the first online doctoral program in African World Studies.

The aim of the Ph.D. program in African World Studies is to produce well-trained, well-rounded, and imaginative scholars and teachers. Our program is especially meant to attract professionals who are working, committed Afrocentrists who are seeking further education, and individuals who want to fulfill their longing to be better educated about the African world.


The program will normally take between three and four years depending upon the credentials and skills brought to the program by the student. Our Ph.D. program is academically challenging and quite intense, but in the spirit of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute, it is also supportive. The MKAI encourages a feeling of mutuality, trust, scholarship and solidarity with African interest. Although the Ph.D. program is large enough to sustain a diverse environment, it is extremely selective enrolling only a handful of students during each academic cycle.


We have one of the most cohesive and distinguished Afrocentric groups of scholars in the African world. The faculty is notable for its publications, editorships, encyclopedia direction, and research articles in journals, doctoral advising, and scholarly reputation. The professors in this program are committed to teaching and are accessible to newer scholars as mentors and guides in research. The faculty takes its commitment to a broad range of Afrocentric and Pan-African approaches to the discipline as imperative; thus we are able to offer theoretical specializations in African history, African American Studies and Caribbean culture with particularly interests in Afrocentricity, Negritude, Classical Africa, African languages, radical social movements, urban education, and many other areas of study.

Graduate Admissions

Students are admitted twice a year; for the Fall Semester and the Spring Semester. The application deadline for the Fall is August 1; the application deadline for the Spring is December 1. The Fall Semester begins October 1; the Spring Semester begins February 1st. Admission and registration information may be obtained from the Office of the Provost. Applications are processed as they arrive. You may also complete the online registration form and return it to mkai@mkainstitute.com. Write provost@mkainstitute.com for information.

Graduate Faculty

The Graduate Program in African World Studies is under the direction of two of the most distinguished professors in the field. Dr. Molefi Kete Asante and Dr. Ama Mazama, who edited the Encyclopedia of Black Studies and the Encyclopedia of African Religion are the charge professors. Their students have been cited for scholarship and leadership in the field of African, Black Studies, and Africana Studies by journals and institutions for more than two decades. As charge professors, Asante and Mazama, will be responsible for the ultimate rigor of the doctoral program.


Charge Professors: Responsible for all doctoral work and at least, one of whom must serve on all dissertation committees

Molefi Kete Asante, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Ama Mazama, Ph.D. La Sorbonne, Paris

Associated Professors: In addition, to the two charge professors there are other well established and highly regarded scholars on the faculty as associated professors.


Doctoral Requirements:
This is a 49 didactic (actually taught class) credit hour Ph.D. program for all students entering with a Bachelor’s degree. Those individuals entering with a Master’s in one of the humanities or social sciences may complete the program with 36 didactic credit hours. Additionally students will have to take three credits of Dissertation guidance per semester after they have completed all didactic courses.