Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies (LA76)

The Master of Arts (MA) in Latin American Studies is designed for students who seek to integrate a broad range of disciplinary approaches to a world region of growing international significance. Upon graduation, most students pursue advanced degrees in academic or professional fields; others proceed to careers in the private sector or in government.

Program Info

Area of Study

Students may choose to specialize in Sociology, History, International Migration, Gender Studies or Cultural Studies but it is not required.

Department Latin American Studies
Major Latin American Studies
Degree Master of Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Students applying for one of the specializations must tailor their statement of purpose so that it reflects their research interests in that field. Students choose their specialization by selecting it from the drop down menu when applying to the program on the UCSD graduate online application.

Application Deadlines April 10, 2017 (Fall 2017)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose


Accepts only the online Statement of Purpose; 800 word limit

Statement of Purpose should include the following:

  1. Your research interests (if you are interested in a concentration you should also include a short statement explaining your intellectual and career interests in the field).

  2. Relevant preparation for graduate study in Latin American Studies (coursework, research experiences, or field work)

  3. Career goals after obtaining your M.A.

  4. Describe which aspects of the UCSD Latin American Studies program make us a good match for your main interests and professional goals
  5. Resume/CV


    Additional Requirements

    Submit a writing sample of 20 pages or less.

    Writing samples should be academic or scholarly in nature, such as a course term paper, published research, journal article submission, thesis chapter, presented paper, or report. If possible, that sample should cover an issue related to Latin America, however it is not mandatory. All writing samples must be in English and no more than 20 pages.

    Contact Info

    Campus Office Gildred Latin American Studies Building
    Phone (858) 534-7967
    Fax (858) 534-7175
    Mailing Address
    University of California, San Diego
    Latin American Studies
    9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0533
    La Jolla, CA, 92093-0533