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Critical Ethnic Studies (MA)

Critical Ethnic Studies (MA)
Critical Ethnic Studies (MA)

At the intersection of scholarship and activism

The master’s in Critical Ethnic Studies will prepare you for advanced analysis of race and ethnicity in an urban and global context. Using an interdisciplinary and antiracist perspective to critique global and local power, the program emphasizes social justice and transformation while focusing on U.S. ethno-racial populations through intersectional, decolonial, transnational, international and urban frameworks.

The Critical Ethnic Studies program draws on DePaul’s expertise across disciplines, including:

  • African and Black Diaspora Studies
  • English
  • Communication
  • Global Asian Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Islamic World Studies
  • Latin American and Latino/a Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Core courses are offered in the evening at the Lincoln Park Campus, and electives are offered online and on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses in the evening or during the day. The master’s in Critical Ethnic Studies can be completed in two years.

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An urban classroom in a global city

DePaul’s location in the heart of Chicago allows you to take advantage of the city’s rich resources for research and collaboration with non-profit organizations, presenting countless opportunities to develop community-engaged scholarship.

Application Deadlines

The master’s in Critical Ethnic Studies has a rolling admission deadline.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, a personal statement and writing sample.

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Required Courses

You’ll take five core courses, two theory and research methods courses, and four courses in your concentration. You’ll also complete an internship, thesis or final project.

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DePaul is the first university in the nation to offer a graduate program in Critical Ethnic Studies.


of Critical Ethnic Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Learn from critical ethnic studies experts

You’ll work with professors like Laura Kina, St. Vincent de Paul Professor of art, media and design, and director of critical ethnic studies. Kina’s background comes from her BFA in Painting and Drawing and MFA in Studio Art. She serves as the lead curator for the Virtual Asian American Art Museum, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She brings her real-world expertise to the classroom and you’ll have the opportunity to learn from her and other faculty who come from a variety of backgrounds.

“I had a strong support system of teachers and leaders that I could reference and draw from when faced with adverse challenges. They have taught me how to navigate spaces where I may not be valued or seen and, most importantly, to use my differences as my power. These are things many of my clients live through and benefit from in art therapy, and this is the experience of many emerging artists of color who I work with.”

Michael (MA ’20)

SkyART, Youth Support Manager / FLXST Contemporary, Gallery Manager

Alumni Network

You’ll join a diverse network of 180,000 DePaul alumni working in Chicago and all over the world, allowing you to grow your professional and academic connections.

Scholarships & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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