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Chicana and Chicano Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #35 (QS) , CA,
The mission of the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is to train a new generation of scholars to research and analyze the life, history, and culture of Mexican-origin people within the U.S., as well as of other Latina/Latino and indigenous populations in the Americas


Addressing local, national, and transnational contexts, the Chicana/Chicano studies curriculum at UCLA explores race, class, gender, and sexuality paradigms as they have shaped the history of the field, as well as new directions in the study of Chicanas/Chicanos and Latinas/Latinos, including (1) border and transnational studies, (2) expressive arts, (3) history, literature, and language of Americas, and (4) labor, law, and policy studies.

Departmental faculty members, situated in one of the most diverse cities in the world, utilize Los Angeles as a laboratory for studying the social transformations taking place in California, the Southwest, and the U.S. The department provides students with the interdisciplinary research tools necessary to advance knowledge in the field, provide academic leadership, and serve community needs with academic resources.

Programme Structure

The Chicana and Chicano Studies curriculum is organized into five interdisciplinary areas of study: 

  • border and transnational studies
  • expressive arts
  • genders and sexualities
  • history, culture, and language of the Americas
  • labor, law, and policy studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

All applicants must also submit:

  • a two page statement of purpose describing the applicant's academic achievements and goals for study at UCLA
  • a writing sample of approximately six pages
  • the Diversity Fellowship Application
  • the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students
  • a statement describing the applicants qualifications for the fellowship(s) selected
  • a one to two page personal statement describing the applicant's financial need
  • the Supplementary Information cover sheet
  • an optional resume or other record of accomplishments

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32374 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32374 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    32374 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32374 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    17272 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17272 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Beverly Hills

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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