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Latin American Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #85 (BCR) Tucson, AZ, United States
The Center for Latin American Studies offers an interdisciplinary M.A. program combining two fields of study, Spanish and Portuguese language skills, three core LAS courses, optional electives or thesis.


During their first semester of study, all LAS graduate students are required to take a 3- credit seminar (LAS 500) designed to introduce them to Latin American studies and research."A research methods course and a LAS interdisciplinary research seminar (such as LAS 596a) are also required at some point during subsequent semesters.

Students select a primary field of concentration and complete 12 graduate units in this field including at least one research seminar."The fields of study available for areas of primary concentration include the thematic areas of Borders of the Americas, Environment and Development, History and Culture, and Power and Inequality, as well as regional studies focusing on Mexico, Central America or Brazil. Disciplinary areas available for primary areas of concentration are Anthropology, Geography and Regional Development, History, and Latin American Literature (Spanish and Portuguese).

Students also choose a secondary area of concentration, requiring nine graduate units."The secondary area can have a thematic or regional focus or can be selected from one of the disciplinary areas listed above in addition to Art History, Journalism, Language, Reading and Culture, Political Science, and Women's Studies.

Programme Structure

Latin American Studies hosts an outstanding interdisciplinary faculty with particular regional strengths in Mexico, Central America and Brazil, and in thematic areas focusing on Borders of the Americas and Immigration, Environment and Development, History and Culture, and Power and Inequality. The program is administered by the Center for Latin American Studies, which coordinates a broad range of instructional, research and outreach activities relating to Latin America. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Domestic Applicants:

    • Fall: February 1

    International Applicants:

    • Fall: December 1
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • GRE: Strong scores in Verbal and Analytical Writing increase competitiveness
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 1 Statement of purpose
  • 1 Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts: mail Official Transcripts directly to the center

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36566 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36566 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    36400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
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