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Mexican American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #826 (BCR) , TX,
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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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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Living costs for Texas City

  • 882 - 1640 USD/month
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