Welcome to the Latin American Studies Masters Graduate Program
- Enrollment and Registration Calendar
- Generic Deadlines
- Current Grad Fees/Tuition Fees
- Graduate Student Academic Title Pay Rates
- Frequently Asked Questions
There will be two important orientations to attend prior to the first week of instruction at UCSD.
- Grad Division Orientation - Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, Additional details TBA
- Latin American Studies Program Orientation - TBD - Will be the same week as Grad Division Orientation - Gildred Latin American Studies Building, Cramb Library
- UC San Diego Orientation for New International Students - MANDATORY for All Foreign Non-Residents - Details coming soon! - All new international students in F-1/J-1 status (including transfer students from other US schools) must attend a mandatory orientation session, as required by U.S. immigration law. Failure to attend an orientation session may prevent you from registering for courses at UC San Diego. This orientation is different from the undergraduate college or graduate department orientation sessions. For specific dates and times, please contact the UCSD International Center at (858) 534-3730, or visit their website at http://icenter.ucsd.edu/ispo/new/orientation/index.html. Contact: International Students & Programs Office, 858-534-3730
- UC San Diego New Employee Orientations - REQUIRED for all new TAs, readers, and tutors -Wednesday, September 27
- 8:30am – 9:15am New Student Employee Orientation (Price Center Theatre)/ 9:00am – 11:30am Center for Teaching & Development (CTD) Training for New TA’s (Location: Price Center West Ballroom)
- All new academic employees within the Academic Student Employees (ASE) unit are required to attend the New Student Employee Orientation being held at the Price Center Theatre. If you will be newly employed at UCSD as a TA, Reader, or Tutor, it is mandatory for you to attend this orientation under the bargaining agreement for all student employees. If you have worked within ASE before, you do not need to attend this. Immediately following ASE’s orientation, the Center for Teaching & Development (CTD) will provide training for new TA’s.
- New Student Checklist - List of to-do items provided by the Graduate Admissions Office
- Latin American Studies New Student Packet - The information provided in this packet is designed help your move to the San Diego area in general. It covers housing, Transportation, information for international students and more.
The first thing you should do when you accept admission, is to get on the waitlist for housing.
2017-18 Grad Housing Rates - UC San Diego, Associated Residential Community Housing (ARCH) offers housing to eligible graduate and professional students in five residential communities:
There are several neighborhoods off campus with grad student-friendly prices. Here are a few of the popular ones!
La Jolla– Technically it stretches from the beach to the grad student housing. Some deals to be found on Craig’s list type rentals near the beach, but usually very expensive.
Del Mar – The beach community just north of campus. Some places in our budget range, but far from the grad-student friendly fun.
Pacific Beach (“PB”) – The beach community just south of La Jolla. College atmosphere, young area. Traffic in and out is an issue during rush hour, but it’s a unique neighborhood with lots of bars and restaurants and housing deals.
Mission Beach, Ocean Beach (“OB”) and Point Loma – OB and Loma might have some good deals, but they are definitely harder to get in and out of. The commute might not be worth the deal!
UTC/University City – The area directly south and southeast of campus. Mostly apartments, on the pricey side. Close, convenient, but might be lacking in fun.
Clairemont – Lots of cheap, great houses and apartments, but a few not-so-great areas (check out the place before you commit). Close and easy to get to school!
Hillcrest and North Park – These trendy urban neighborhoods are just north of downtown and have a lot to offer. A little further, but a little cooler.
Additional Off Campus Resources:
All students are permitted to be employed 25% (10 hours per week). (Exception: If you find employment over 25% you will need approval from the Department Chair in the form of an employment exception letter.)
- 25% employment as a TA or GSR will cover Registration and Enrollment fees (excluding Rec and Activity Fee estimated @ $263.59)
- Some GSR positions cover Non Resident Tuition (NRT). TA positions do not cover NRT.
- TA/Reader/GSR Current Pay Rate (additional pay rate on top of fees covered for each employed quarter)
- Learn more about Grad employment
- Blink: Positions Available and Application Contacts
- ASES - Open Positions. Requires UCSD log-in credentials.
*Additional information will be sent out to incoming and current students with opportunities with common on campus LAS employers such as: The College Writing and Language Programs.
- If you are a first time TA at UCSD you will need to attend the TA Orientation held prior to each quarter. Email reminders are sent out.
International graduate students who are non-native speakers of English must be certified as having requisite language skills before they can serve as teaching assistants (TAs; UC San Diego Graduate Division policy in compliance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution No.41 . Students may be certified by taking the English Language Certification Exam (ELCE).
students who are admitted and have a TOEFL speaking score of 28-30, IELTS speaking score of 8.5-9.00, and/or PTE score of 83-90 and 2 will be certified as having the requisite language skills to serve as Teaching Assistants, and are not required to take the ELCE.
Those students with TOEFL speaking scores of 23 – 27, IELTS speaking scores of 7-8, or PTE speaking scores of 65-82 are required to take the English Language Certification Exam. Students who do not pass the English Language Certification Exam are given the opportunity to improve their language skills.
Are you having problems with your TA skills? Go to the Center for Teaching Development for free workshops!
The Teaching + Learning Commons (The Commons) is dedicated to the theory, practice, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Its mission is to advance learning by creating a campus-wide culture of engaged teaching and learning.
All information about the agreement between the Regents of the University of California and the International Untion, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), AFL-CIO Academic Student Employees Unit can be found here.
The UAW/ASE Contract with the UC System is available for your review.
- Adding and Dropping Classes
- Late and Retroactive Enrollment
- Half-time Enrollment
- In Absentia Registration
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LATI 299 (12 units)
To set-up your language proficiency exam - Contact Beatrice Pita: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a modified FSI/ACTFL assessment that will give a good sense of the student's competency in the various skill areas in the target language, that is oral, aural, written, reading. Generally the assessment requires 50 minutes or so.
More on language proficiency - http://ling.ucsd.edu/language/proficiency-exam.html
There are two types of direct deposit accounts that you should enroll in:
You will need to enroll in both. One id for payroll and one is for disbursments (which include travel reimbursments and more)
Computer support for LAS grads is provided by the Social Science Computing Facility (SSCF). We are located on the 1st floor of Social Sciences Building in SSB 142. The preferred method of contact is through our online helpdesk ticket system. To generate a ticket, send an email to email@example.com. The helpdesk is available from 8am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday (closed 12-1 for lunch) and can be reached at 858-822-2423.
SSCF will support DSS Grad students in the following areas:
Setup of new machines
Progress Towards you Thesis and Defense
You should, from the very beginning of the program, introduce yourself and get to know faculty members.
- TIp: Complete Independent Readings (298s) to become familiar with the different working styles and accessibility of the faculty.
- You will need to be working with faculty members to plan your summer research.
- You must have all three committee members before you fill out your Advance to Candidacy paperwork.
Who can be on my committee?
Please review our Thesis Committee Membership Form to see who can serve on your committee.
Students are required to have a minimum of three committee members and they must be from at least two separate departments.
Any faculty from an outside university (non-UC) may only serve as a fourth member on a thesis committee per petition to the Office of Graduate Studies. A letter of explanation indicating why the faculty member should be on the committee and the faculty's CV must be submitted when you Advance to Candidacy or submit a Reconstitution Form.
Master's students apply to advance to candidacy after completing all required course work for the degree requirements specified. (Typically at the beginning of Winter during the second academic year)
- Advancing to candidacy means you are ready to write a Master’s thesis:
- Meet with your Grad Coordinator: Master's thesis students will have an Application for Candidacy form that your Graduate Coordinator submits to the Graduate Division, along with a request to constitute the thesis committee
- The Application for Candidacy must be filed with the Graduate Division within the first 2 weeks of the quarter in which the degree requirements are to be completed.
- Ideally, the Application is filed when the student is registered in the last of the program’s core courses.
Quarterly Thesis Formatting Workshops
During your second year of study you will attend one of the Quarterly Thesis Formatting Workshops hosted by the Grad Division.
- 2015 Dates: Fall 2015- Tuesday October 6, 2015
- Thesis Formatting Manual
- Tips on How to Write Less Badly (Munger, 2010)
- My Little Bag of Writing Tricks (Toor, 2013)
- How to Write A Lot - Ch 2: Specious Barriers to Writing a Lot (Silva, 2007)
- 10 steps to setting up page numbering in Word sections
- How to number pages differently in Word 2011 for Mac
- Schedule a date to defend thesis based on availability of committee.
- Inform Grad Coordinator of date to reserve the CRAMB Library.
- Bring signature page of thesis to defense.
- Bring some kind of refreshment for committee during defense. (This one isn't required for graduation, but at least your committee will be happy)
- Get other paperwork from me on your defense date - Final Report Form
Master's thesis students should check with their advisor regarding when the thesis must be submitted for review by the master committee.
Preliminary Meeting with Graduate Division (Schedule 2-4 weeks before thesis defense):
- Student must make an appointment with the Graduate Division for a preliminary check of his/her thesis
- At that appointment the format is checked and instructions on the final preparation and submission of the thesis are given.
At the Preliminary Appointment, students can choose to have their review done in one of two ways:
1) Upload the complete fully formatted dissertation or thesis to http://www.etdadmin.com the morning of the preliminary appointment. Print and bring hard copies of all preliminary pages (title page through abstract). If this option is chosen, the entire dissertation or thesis does not need to be printed. This will not be the definitive version. Students will have the opportunity to make changes and resubmit prior to their final appointment. OR
2) Bring in a complete, unbound, single-sided, fully formatted printed copy of the dissertation or thesis.
- The thesis must be formatted according to the requirements explained in the Preparation and Submission Manual for Doctoral Dissertations and Masters' Theses.
Final Appointment with Grad Division:
- The thesis committee shall supervise and approve the student's thesis by signing the thesis signature page; signatures must be original. Proxy signatures are not accepted.
- The Final Report of the Thesis for the Degree of Master of Artsmust have the original signatures of all members of the thesis committee, the program’s graduate advisor, and the program’s chair. The form for Plan I must also indicate if the student will continue at UC San Diego or will terminate. (The Final Report forms are obtained from the graduate coordinator). Proxy signatures are not accepted.
- The final version of the thesis must conform to procedures outlined in the Preparation and Submission Manual for Doctoral Dissertations and Masters' Theses.
- The thesis submission fee must be paid at the cashier’s office prior to the student’s final appointment with the Graduate Division.
- Final approval and acceptance of the thesis by the Dean of the Graduate Division (on behalf of the University Archivist and Graduate Council) represents the final step in the completion of all requirements for the Master's degree.
The deadline to submit final degree paperwork to the Graduate Division is the 11th Friday of each quarter (see http://grad.ucsd.edu/progress/academicdeadlines/generic-deadline.html and the Registrar’s Enrollment and Registration Calendar (http://blink.ucsd.edu/instructors/courses/enrollment/calendars/) for more information on deadlines and specific dates). If the deadline is missed the degree will be awarded in the next quarter.
UCSD Graduate Division Commencement -
- Saturday June 17, 3:30-6:30 p.m. – RIMAC ARENA
If you have any questions about graduate commencement, please contact the coordinator.
Erin Calhoun, 858-822-2030,firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Resources for LAS Grads
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) exists to advocate the rights and interests of our diverse community, to provide for the enjoyment of social, cultural, and service-oriented events, and for the betterment of academic and non-academic life of all graduate and professional students at UC San Diego.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) also offers a limited number of travel awards and event funding for Grad students.
For current information on the GSA travel award, see the GSA website at: http://gsa.ucsd.edu/
The UC San Diego Grad SLAM is a graduate student competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research. Grad SLAM participants present their research using three PowerPoint slides in a three-minute “TED-like talk” that can be understood by a general audience. Presenters will compete in successive rounds and receive prizes ranging from $100.00-$2,500.00. This year the top winner will have the opportunity to compete in the first-ever UC system-wide Grad SLAM competition in Northern California. All travel expenses to participate in the statewide competition will be covered by the Graduate Division.
The goal of this event is to share with the campus community the tremendous quality of the graduate research at UC San Diego and offers an opportunity for graduate students to develop oratorical skill, a dynamic delivery, and compelling content when presenting their academic research.
ASE (TA) Child Care Reimbursement
- Academic Student Employee (ASE) Child Care Reimbursement Program Factsheet (PDF)
- UBEN 254(PDF)
GSR Child Care Reimbursement
An important new benefit will be extended to graduate students appointed to work as Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) for at least 25% time, effective Fall Quarter 2013. In recognition of the added challenges faced by students who are juggling campus employment with raising their children, and in keeping with a benefit that has been contractually extended to Teaching Assistants (TAs), eligible GSRs may be reimbursed for qualifying childcare expenses. Effective Summer 2014, GSRs may be reimbursed for qualifying childcare expenses up to maximum of $900 per quarter. Students will be reimbursed by their home departments and programs.