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Prospective MA Students

Admissions Procedures | Financial Aid | Degree Requirements | Applicant FAQs

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.

CLACS also offers six joint professional degrees integrating approaches in the humanities, social sciences, and language training.

Admissions Procedures

Prerequisites for Admission | Required Materials | International Applicants

Prerequisites for Admission

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution with an overall undergraduate B (3.0) average
  • GRE test scores, taken within five years of the application date

Application Deadline

  • January 15, 2018 - Domestic Applicants
  • December 1, 2017 - International Applicants

Required Application Materials

  • Completed online application from the University Graduate School website.
  • GRE scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation (preferably from university faculty members familiar with your academic work).
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution attended. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has completed your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S., you must fill out the Supplemental Application for Admission and send it along with an official transcript to the Office of International Admissions (OIA). OIA will then validate that your degree is equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in the United States and send the information back to CLACS. As this can often take over a month to process, we highly recommend that the transcript and Supplemental Application be sent to the OIA by December 1st. All other materials for U.S. citizens/permanent residents are not due until January 15th.

Optional Application Materials

  • One (1) sample of your academic writing, preferably no more than 30 pages in length.
  • One (1) resume or CV.

Dual Degree Students

Students who enter into the Dual-Degree program must be admitted to both programs separately and thus applications must be completed at the same time. However, students can apply for the second degree program while enrolled as a Masters Student at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. If students are considering this option it must be noted that many programs at Indiana University do not count classes that have been taken before formal enrollment in their program towards the program degree requirements. Students must take care to check with individual programs for complete guidelines.

International Applicants

  • For international applicants, the priority date for application is December 1st
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should begin their application process at the website of the Office of International Admissions.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit results from the TOEFL exam. Minimum required score is 79 on the internet-based test.
  • International applicants must have their official transcripts/certificates and financial documents sent to the Office of International Admission (OIA) for evaluation. All other supporting documents may be sent to OIA as well, or directly to CLACS for faster processing.

Financial Aid for Incoming Students

MA Funding Opportunities CLACS

All incoming MA applicants are automatically considered for any available funding positions CLACS might have for the year. Hourly positions include approximately 20 hours or work 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, they receive a tuition and fee remission and a living stipend. Those with near-native language skills in Spanish or Portuguese and teaching experience will be considered for associate instructorships. 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.

Other Funding Sources

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. Other funded positions are routinely advertised on the Grad Grants website. Immigrants or children of immigrants who are applying to graduate school may qualify for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Contact Katherine Cashman, the CLACS Academic Secretary at kcashman[at] with any questions about the M.A. program.