Latin American Studies, M.A.

Latin American Studies, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #4 (BCR) , CA,
The MA in Latin American Studies is a two-year program that allows students to pursue a diverse curriculum in Latin American Studies spanning a wide range of departments and professional schools, including the schools of Natural Resources, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Welfare, Journalism, Law, Education, and Environmental Design.


Students begin by taking courses that offer a broad overview of the field of Latin American Studies and introduce them to Latin Americanist research at Berkeley. Students then work closely with individual faculty to define their particular areas of interest and research.

The MA program provides an opportunity for collective learning and collaboration as students develop research skills and specialized knowledge in the field. Students are encouraged to draw on the Center for Latin American Studies.

Programme Structure

  • Latin American Studies Seminar 
  • Cross-Listed Topics 
  • Selected Topics in Latin American Studies
  • Directed Study and Research 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

The following minimum requirements apply to all graduate programs and will be verified by the Graduate Division:

  • A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • A grade point average of B or better (3.0);
  • If the applicant comes from a country or political entity (e.g., Quebec) where English is not the official language, adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work, as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT test, 570 on the paper-and-pencil test, or an IELTS Band score of at least 7 (note that individual programs may set higher levels for any of these); and
  • Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the given field.
  • Tuition Fee

    Living costs for Berkeley

    • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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