The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Latin American & Caribbean Studies - MA

Division: Humanities and Social Sciences
Degree Type: MA

Program Description

The Center for Latin American Studies administers a master of arts degree program in Latin American Studies. This one-year program of graduate study provides students with a thorough knowledge of the cultures, history, politics, and languages of the region. Students benefit from various resources that put the University of Chicago at the forefront of research and scholarship on Latin America, including world renowned faculty, top quality library resources, graduate workshops, and field research grant opportunities.


Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: January 5

The Center for Latin American Studies admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Center for Latin American Studies admits applicants only for the MA degree. 

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE and TOEFL Scores
  5. Statement of Academic Purpose
  6. Writing Sample
  7. Transcripts
  8. Supplemental Data Form

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

The standard requirements include nine quarter courses and demonstration of advanced proficiency in Spanish or another language spoken in the region, to be met as follows:

  • Earning a "high pass" on the Advanced Proficiency Certificate in Spanish or another language spoken in the region.
  • Successfully completing the Masters Proseminar in Latin American Studies.

 In addition to the course requirements outlined above, every master's degree candidate is required to submit a master's paper. This paper is meant to demonstrate the student's ability to apply formal training in Latin American and Caribbean studies toward a specific research problem developed over the course of the program.

Costs & Financial Aid

A limited number of merit-based half-tuition fellowships are offered to LACS students.