Mexican American Studies

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

12 months
31796 USD/year
15196 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The  Master  of  Arts  in  Interdisciplinary  Studies  (MAIS)  with  a concentration in Mexican American Studies program will provide master’s students with a concentrated study in the transdisciplinary field of Mexican American Studies, including Chicana/o and Latina/o studies. 


Our location as a border institution in South Texas and the available resources (such as our numerous, established faculty in the fields of Mexican American studies and Chicana/o studies, and other academic resources, such as our growing Mexican American Studies program, and other institutional resources, such as the border studies archive) makes this an exciting program for UTRGV students. 

Many careers today in South Texas and nationally – including those in Education, Health, Social Services, Communication, Law, Humanities, among others – require students to have a specialized knowledge of the Mexican American community and experiences, due to regional and national demographic trends. 

The MAS concentration in MAIS will strengthen your competitiveness in the job market in various fields. The MAIS in MAS program will lead to continued and increased student placement  in  PhD  programs  in  various  fields,  including  in  Chicana/o Studies, English, American Studies, Spanish, Education, among other programs, both state-wide and nationally. 

Ultimately, the interdisciplinary nature and culturally relevant curriculum of the MAIS in MAS program offers exciting, rich, and unique opportunities for UTRGV students and faculty engaged in research, experiential learning, and community engagement   related   to   Latina/o   communities   in   South   Texas   and nationally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Mexican American Studies
  • Anthropology of Borders
  • Mexican American Culture
  • Music Ethnography and Fieldwork Methods
  • Mexican American Folk Medicine
  • Mexican American Folklore
  • Art History Seminar III: Topics in Latin American Art Prior to A.D. 1521
  • Art History Seminar IV: Topics in Latin American Art Since A.D. 1521
  • Media, Race, and Ethnicity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.
  • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15898 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7598 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Mexican American Studies
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley