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MA Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American Studies offers an interdisciplinary M.A. program at University of Arizona combining two fields of study, Spanish and Portuguese language skills, three core LAS courses, optional electives or thesis.

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Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

Students in the Latin American Studies at University of Arizona select a primary field of concentration and complete 12 graduate units in this field including at least one research seminar.”The fields of study available for areas of primary concentration include the thematic areas of Borders of the Americas, Environment and Development, History and Culture, and Power and Inequality, as well as regional studies focusing on Mexico, Central America or Brazil.


Disciplinary areas available for primary areas of concentration are Anthropology, Geography and Regional Development, History, and Latin American Literature (Spanish and Portuguese).

Students also choose a secondary area of concentration, requiring nine graduate units.”The secondary area can have a thematic or regional focus or can be selected from one of the disciplinary areas listed above in addition to Art History, Journalism, Language, Reading and Culture, Political Science, and Women’s Studies.

Latin American Studies hosts an outstanding interdisciplinary faculty with particular regional strengths in Mexico, Central America and Brazil, and in thematic areas focusing on Borders of the Americas and Immigration, Environment and Development, History and Culture, and Power and Inequality. The program is administered by the Center for Latin American Studies, which coordinates a broad range of instructional, research and outreach activities relating to Latin America.

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

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Study Content

  • Because of the interdisciplinary nature and regional emphasis of the Latin American Studies program, both Spanish and Portuguese skills are required; one at the level of competence demonstrated by completing Portuguese 305a or Spanish 251 with a minimum grade of B or by an equivalency exam; the other at the level of proficiency demonstrated by the completion of Portuguese 325 or Spanish 330 with a minimum grade of B or by an equivalency exam.
  • Students accepted into the program who do not meet one or both of the language requirements need to satisfy this deficiency during the course of their graduate studies.”Portuguese 305a is specifically designed as an intensive course for those fluent in Spanish.
  • All incoming students are evaluated for language ability at the beginning of their first semester. An indigenous language of Latin America may be substituted with the approval of the LAS Graduate Advisor.

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