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Accelerated Degree Program

Accelerated Master’s Degree Program in Transcultural Studies

Do you anticipate a career involving international travel, cross-cultural partnerships, or collaborative work in a diverse workplace? The University of Michigan’s new accelerated MA program in Transcultural Studies can help you develop the historical, theoretical, and practical knowledge you need to navigate forward-looking career pathways in an increasingly cosmopolitan and globalized world.

Transcultural Studies uses approaches from across the Humanities and Social Sciences to foster a critical and historically informed understanding of human communication and interaction across perceived boundaries of culture, nationality, race, and religious identity.  

This interdisciplinary program is intended to provide both advanced training and a capstone experience for current LSA undergraduates who anticipate pursuing a PhD or working in business or non-profit contexts where intercultural competency and a critical framework for thinking systematically about connections, comparisons, and translations among human communities will be desirable skills.

For more information, read the Program Description or email



(Application Deadline: April 15)

Why Apply?


  • Earn a University of Michigan Master’s Degree on top of your BA with just one additional year of study following your senior year

  • Begin taking graduate courses from a variety of departments as a senior to fulfill program requirements

  • Complete a significant capstone project of your own design based on your major, your research interests, and your future career plans

  • Incorporate internships and other experiential learning opportunities into a UM graduate degree program

How to Apply:

Use the link above to submit the following application materials through the Rackham website:

  1. Current Transcript - Applicants must be juniors in good standing in LSA.

  2. Statement of Purpose - An essay of 2-3 page explaining your interest in the program with respect to the kinds of questions you’d like to pursue, the kinds of graduate courses you’d like to take, provisional ideas for a capstone project, and your long-term career goals.

  3. Two Letters of Recommendation - Both of these should be from LSA faculty members, one of whom should indicate a willingness to serve as your advisor should you be admitted to the program.