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Master of Arts

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. On consultation with the director, students may focus on interdisciplinary themes such as economic development, policy, or environmental studies. View a list of our current master’s students for examples on how the program can be shaped to align with particular interests.

Applying for the M.A.

A Graduate Records Exam general test score is required before applicants can be considered for admission. Foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for admission. Visit our application page to find out more about how to apply.

Course Requirements

  • A total of 30 credit hours from graduate courses related to Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • A major concentration of at least 12 credit hours in one discipline within either the social sciences or the humanities block and a minor concentration of at least 9 credit hours in a second, related discipline within the opposite block.
  • 3 credit hours of L501, an interdisciplinary seminar with variable topics and area focus.
  • The remaining 6 credit hours from Latin American and Caribbean studies courses or related courses in other departments.
  • Please see the CLACS Courses page for more information about specific courses. A PDF listing of upcoming courses is also available here: Fall 2014 Course List.
  • Plan out the courses you will take during your Master’s career by using the M.A. Planning Form or the Dual-Degree Planning Form.

Other Degree Requirements

  • Language Requirement - Reading proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese or, in special cases, in an Amerindian language or Haitian Creole. Find out more about languages offered through CLACS at our Languages page.
  • G.P.A. - B (3.0) average or above must be maintained in all courses counted towards the M.A. degree.
  • Final Requirement - M.A. students have the option of writing a thesis or final paper or taking a final examination. Read more about the final requirements and download the proposal forms for the thesis, research paper, and exam.

Funding for Incoming Students

  • All applicants are automatically considered for Graduate Assistantships in CLACS, and, for those with near-native language skills in Spanish or Portuguese, for Associate Instructorships. Graduate Assistants (or “GAs”) work between 15 and 20 hours per week, assisting with public outreach programming, grant writing and reporting, and other dimensions of the Center’s day-to-day operations. In exchange for this work, GAs receive a tuition and fee remission, health insurance, and a living stipend. Associate Instructors receive tuition remission, health insurance, and a monthly stipend in return for teaching introductory language courses in Spanish or Portuguese. Availability of both of these funding packages is limited and the selection process is competitive.
  • Incoming students are also encouraged to seek out external sources of funding, several of which are detailed on the website of the University Graduate School.

Contact Katie Novak, the CLACS Academic Secretary at katinova[at] with any questions about the M.A. program.