Columbia University

Latin America and Caribbean Studies


630 West 169th Street

New York City, NY 10027

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Regional Studies - Latin America and the Caribbean

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The interdisciplinary M.A. program in Regional Studies- Latin America and the Caribbean (MARSLAC) provides a broad social science-based approach to modern and contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean.  The curriculum combines core seminars on region-specific scholarship and research with the opportunity to take courses in different disciplines throughout Columbia University.  During the first semester students obtain solid foundations in the most relevant scholarship on key issues of contemporary Latin America (democratization, rule of law, urban development, environmental change, trade and immigration, gender relations, and cultural expression of diversity, among others).  In the second semester they hone research methodologies and the critical use of scholarship in order to develop their own projects and complete an M.A. thesis.

MARSLAC students deepen their knowledge of the political, economic, social and cultural processes shaping the region, and graduate with the expertise to be leaders in their chosen fields.  Ideal for both professionals seeking regional knowledge and students intending to pursue the Ph.D., the program prepares graduates for careers in government, public policy, non-profit organizations, journalism, the private sector, and academia.  

MARSLAC invites applications from students who have, or will have received by the time of enrollment, a baccalaureate granted by a college or university of recognized standing.  Applicants should have a general background in social sciences and humanities and be interested in deepening their knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean and in broadening their analytical and research skills.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

International Student Requirements:

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English, must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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