African Sustainable Communities

The MA Program in African Studies at BGU is proud to present our MA track: 

African Sustainable Communities


The 21st century is an era of immense transformations throughout Africa. Economic, political, and social developments are rapidly changing local communities, providing new opportunities and creating new uncertainties. African Sustainable Communities is an MA program that brings together students from around the world, creating a unique learning environment to tackle the complex issue of sustainability in community development. We are preparing you for the rapid changes we are seeing across Africa, through a multidisciplinary approach. You will take part in a vibrant conversation examining the complex circumstances influencing lasting change.

Rational and Goals:

The program of study places African communities at the center, and analyzes the political, economic, cultural, and social factors impacting their initiatives over the long term. Our aim is to provide students with the theoretical background, analytical skills and practical perspectives that are needed for realizing individual and communal endeavors across a broad spectrum of fields.  We believe that community interventions, whether they are in the social, cultural, or more applied fields of science, agricultural or economics, should reflect knowledge of history, politics, economics, social and cultural studies.  Students spend a year of intensive learning together at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where the African Studies program has already earned an international reputation of excellence. Following this, all students draw upon the knowledge and skills they acquired in the academic setting and apply them to an initiative in a local community  in Africa.

Program Duration and Structure:

The MA in African Sustainable Communities is a year and a half long program (three semesters plus additional write up time for Thesis Track). The first year is dedicated to formal study and course work at the BGU campus in Beer Sheva.  The program is made up of mandatory core classes, a project workshop, research methods, and electives that students choose according to their interests.  Students must finish their required and electives classes over the course of two semesters at BGU.  During the third semester, students spend a minimum of three months in a local project in Africa, planned with the support of the program staff. There is an Applied Track, suited to most students in the program, and also a Thesis Track, for those interested in conducting an in-depth research project. For a detailed overview of the program structure, click here.

A Sampling of Classes:

– Deconstructing Development: Theory, Practice and Critique

– Economics, Politics and Society in Africa of the 20th Century

– Studying Sustainabililty

– Sports and Development in Africa

– The Politics of Global Health

– A Planet of Slums? Informal Settlements and the Transition to Formality and Planning

– Liberation Theology and Religious Movements in Africa 

  • – Youth in Africa 

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should hold a B.A. degree from an accredited university with a grade point average equivalent of 80/100 and above.  Along with other application materials, candidates must submit two written assignments. Final selection will be based on an online interview.

Application process:

  1. Applying to the program (via this link) and submitting mandatory application documents (as listed below).  The deadline is April 15.
  2. Application is processed.
  3. Personal interview via Zoom.
  4. Announcement of acceptance/rejection.
  5. If accepted – paying the deposit.
  6. Arranging for a student visa and health insurance.​

Mandatory application documents (to be uploaded to the registration website):

  • Online registration form
  • An official copy of the applicant's academic transcripts and diploma.
  • A copy of the first page of your passport.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work and skills – sent directly from the recommender to the following e-mail: [email protected]
  • Two essays in accordance with the instructions here: Essay 1, Essay 2.

*Please note: upon arrival in Israel, original documents must be presented.

**Information about Visa:

Information about Health Insurance:

**Visa will be arranged with the assistance of the program.

Application Dates:

Submission of admission documents no later than April 15th, 2022.

Academic Year:

October 23th, 2022 ​– June 23th, 2023

Tuition and Scholarships:

Tuition is approximately $10,000.

Scholarships (Full and partial) are available for qualifying candidates.


The Marcus Campus dormitories are home to a vibrant student community and are offered

based on availability.

Contact Us:

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: 972-8-6428262

For our Brochure, click here

For our Course Catalog 2021-2022, click here

For our the Courses Schedule – first semester 2021-2022, click here


For our the Courses Schedule – second semester 2021-2022, click here


For the Syllabi of the first semester 2021-2022, click here


You are also invited to hear more about the new track "African Sustainable Communities" via a Webinar we had: