Graduate programs are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Latin American societies
The Master of Arts degree program often serves as a foundation for those wanting to earn a doctorate, or as preparation for applied work in a range of professional fields, including government, private business, and the non-profit sector. Advanced work in at least two disciplines and one interdisciplinary seminar give depth and breadth to students' academic careers. On consultation with the director, students may focus on interdisciplinary themes such as economic development, policy, or environmental studies.
Opportunities exist for students to combine a Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with other Master programs, which significantly reduces credit hour requirements allowing program completion in three years or less. Combinations of this type exist with the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the Master of Library Science (M.L.S.), the Master of Information Science (M.I.S.), the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.), the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), and the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.). Interested students must begin by applying to both units' Master's programs.
The Ph.D. Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies allows students the opportunity to connect Latin America or Caribbean topics to their main area of study. The Ph.D. Area Certificate is awarded to candidates upon completion of a major field within Latin America and the Caribbean. Work on a Latin American based dissertation and the dedication of at least 18 credit hours provides students with an area specialization that can complement their main doctoral foci.