In this one year Master of Arts program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Students benefit from various resources that put the University of Chicago at the forefront of research and scholarship on Latin America, including a personalized course of study, world renowned faculty, top quality library resources, graduate workshops, and field research grant opportunities.
The master’s program attracts students who benefit from interdisciplinary training in a highly individualized and flexible program. Each student works closely with faculty and the program advisor to design a customized curriculum, define an area of scholarly research, and write a master’s paper. Students take advantage of the program’s flexibility to advance their academic and/or career objectives before making a major professional or educational commitment.
Some students approach a research interest from a multidisciplinary perspective. Others strengthen their training in a single discipline as it relates to Latin American Studies, or explore new fields. Through the MA Proseminar, the required core course of the master’s program, students gain a critical understanding of major theoretical approaches, principal research methods, and current trends in Latin American Studies, and use this training to develop proposals for their master’s papers. The master’s paper is meant to demonstrate the student’s ability to apply formal training in Latin American Studies toward a specific and original research problem. Primary Latin Americanist faculty at the University of Chicago serve as guest lecturers in the Proseminar to introduce students to their research.
The master’s program provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance skills and knowledge appropriate for careers related to Latin America or as preparation for further graduate work or professional training.
Graduates of the program enter or return to careers for which the master’s degree is increasingly an entry level requirement, including secondary and higher education, government, NGOs, business, and various cultural and non-profit organizations. Others enter doctoral and professional degree programs with support and advice from Latin American Studies staff and faculty.
Recent graduates have entered top Ph.D. programs in anthropology, history, political science, and sociology at top programs including the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, UW-Madison, UC-Berkeley, UC-San Diego, UC-Davis, San Diego State University, Emory University, Ohio State University, University of Illinois, and UCLA, and in masters programs at the Harris School of Public Policy and the Booth School of Business.
Other alumni have developed careers working in the State Department, at the MacArthur Foundation and other philanthropic foundations, including the Heartland Alliance, the Center for Democracy and Technology and other social service and rights advocacy organizations. Additionally, many students have gone one to work at policy think-tanks like the Brookings Institute and several more as Chicago Public School teachers.
Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
International Student Requirements:
Foreign students must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
TOEFL or IELTS score reports are valid for two years and scores will be considered expired if the test was taken more than two years prior to submission of the application. Photocopies of TOEFL or IELTS Score Reports will not be considered valid.
The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 104 overall, with 4 sub scores of 26 each.
Minimum required scores in the IELTS are an overall score of 7, with sub scores of 7 each. (Note: students are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test).
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid:
# of Credits Required:
9 courses total over
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
$16,548/quarter (3 coures per quarter) USD