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Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The MA in Latin American Studies requires course work with a Latin American content or with subject matter that is closely related to the area. Candidates for the MA choose a thesis (24 semester hours plus 6 thesis hours) or non-thesis (33 hours) option. Each option requires completion of LAS 5901- Research Seminar, an interdisciplinary seminar which focuses on research methodologies and materials for Latin Americanists. Master’s degree candidates are expected to demonstrate language competence in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or K’iche’ Maya. This means advanced proficiency in one of the four languages and intermediate proficiency in another. The program will accept admissions for 2021 exclusively through our FLAS Academic Year Program.

Dual Degree Programs

CLAS has established three dual degree tracks at the Masters level in conjunction with professional programs at Vanderbilt. Each program lasts three years and CLAS provides a comprehensive financial aid package for the first four consecutive semesters. Financial aid for these programs is only available to U.S. citizens/permanent residents. Potential candidates must apply independently and be accepted simultaneously to both the Graduate School and their chosen professional program to enter the dual degree track.

Graduate Application Process

We invite potential applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year to begin their applications starting on December 1, 2020 via the online portal here. For application requirements, eligibility, and other FAQs, visit The Graduate School admissions site:

The application deadline for Fall 2021 admission is January 15, 2021.

The GRE is optional (not required) for applications to the MA program.

Please contact CLAS Director Ted Fischer and CLAS Executive Director Avery Dickins de Girón  with any questions about the application process. You can also consult the main admissions page for the Graduate School here and their FAQs page here.

Important Dates

December 1, 2020 — CLAS begins soliciting MALAS applicants for 2021-2022 academic year

January 15, 2021 — Deadline for submission of ALL parts of graduate application. Prospective students who submit a completed application will receive an application for graduate funding

February/March 2021 — Admissions decisions and notifications

April 15, 2021 — Deadline to finalize acceptances/notify wait-listed applicants