Graduate Admissions: Master of Arts Program Latin American Studies
Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Latin American Studies at UCSD! We are a full-time Masters program and only accept students during the fall of each academic year. Please refer to both the Graduate Division and the FAQ below for admission procedures and program information.
Applications for Fall 2018 open September 5, 2017
Deadline to apply is January 15, 2018
Prospective students must apply online via
Hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution in the United States or from a recognized university-level academic institution abroad. Prospective students must have at least a B average (3.0 GPA) or its equivalent overall or over the final two years of Bachlorette study.
Requiered Application Materials:
- UC San Diego Gradaute Application for Admission - submited online at https://apply.grad.ucsd.edu/home
- Transcripts from all college/university work. Scanned copies of academic transcripts for each postsecondary institution attended, including certification of degrees, submitted electronically in pdf format. Certified hard-copy original transcripts will be requested/required upon acceptance of graduate admission.
- GRE scores (UCSD institutional code is 4836)
- Statement of Purpose
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Writing sample of 20 pages or less
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Application fee of $90 for US applicants and $110 for international applicants; An Application Fee Waiver is available for applicants that meet certain eligibility guidelines.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for international applicants whose native language is not English (UCSD code is 4836).
- Unless you have studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language
*Please note, students who already have a Masters Degree are not eligible to apply for the program unless under limited circumstances. Please view the General Catalog for more information on Duplication of Advanced Degrees.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective students must apply online via https://apply.grad.ucsd.edu/home
The application process is done entirely online through GradApply. You will need a valid email address to create an account. This email address will be your login name. It will also be the primary line of communication between you and UC San Diego. Be sure to use an email address that will not change: do not use a temporary address.The activation email and additional instructions to complete your registration will be sent to this address once you create your account.
All materials must be submited online via the GradApply website.
Applicants will be required to pay the application fee or to request a fee waiver at the end of the online application.U.S. Citizens & Permanent Resident Applicants: $90.00International Applicants: $110.00
Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may request a waiver of the application fee. Applicants must provide supporting documentation within two weeks of the application submission date.
For more information on how to qualify for and request a fee waiver, please see our Application Fee Waiver page.
All application materials must be submitted online via the GradReview portal, including unoffical transcripts. As such, applicants should include transcripts from all universities and community colleges attended/listed.
Official copies of final transcripts are only required if you are offered and accepted admission. Official transcripts bear the signature of the authorized official of the issuing institution, the seal of the institution, and are received by the Graduate Division in a sealed envelope from the institution. You can either bring the unopened transcripts into the office or have your institution(s) mail them to UC San Diego directly at the following address:
University of California, San Diego
Student Services Center (SSC), 4th floor
Mail Code 0003
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093-0003
For International Applicants, we require that you professionally translate your transcripts into English if they are in a different language. We will interpret the marks based on the committee evaluation process since GPA can vary in each country.
While the Admissions Committee prefers applicants who have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale the University minimum GPA is 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. GPAs are determined as the higher of your final two years or your overall college GPA.
There is no formal minimum for GRE scores, however the Admissions Committee prefers applicants who have GRE scores over the 50th percentile. Since scores differ at each testing period, we mainly consider percentile rankings instead of raw scores.
We take the highest of your GRE scores if the test has been taken multiple times. We encourage applicants to retake the GRE if they feel it was not a good indicator of their ability.
The Univeristy minimum for TOEFL scores is 80 accumulative. However, the Admission Committee preferes applicants who have a score of at least 94 accumulative.
Applicants must have a minimum of three letters of recommendation, however it is possible to submit more. All letters of recommendation must be submitted online.
Perferably, all letters should be from an individual in academia who can attest to your academic abilities; however letters from individuals outside academia will still be accepted. The most important aspect of letters of recommendation is that they be completed by individuals who are in a position to analyze your academic ability and potential for success in a rigorous graduate program.
Your Statement of Purpose should include the following:
- Any research interests
- Relevant preparation for graduate study in Latin American Studies (coursework, research experiences, or field work)
- Career goals after obtaining your M.A.
- Which aspects of the UCSD Latin American Studies program make us a good match for your main interests and professional goals?
Statement of Purpose should be no longer that 1-2 pages or 800 words.
M.A. students in Latin American studies who are interested in specific disciplines or research topics have the OPTION to apply for a disciplinary or thematic concentration. However, most of our students choose a general studies degree and then build a focus on their particular interest.
Currently students may choose from the following concentrations or develop their own area of focus:
- History Concentration (with the collaboration of the Department of History and Latin American historians in Ethnic Studies).
- Sociology Concentration (with the collaboration of the Department of Sociology)
- Gender Studies Concentration (with the collaboration of the Critical Gender Studies Program)
- International Migration Concentration (with the collaboration of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
- Cultural Studies Concentration
It is not necessary for students to have a concentration, however if you know at that you would like to declare one at this stage you may apply by tailoring your statement of purpose to that particular specialization. You also select you concentration of choice in the online application. Remember that the statement of purpose should be no longer that 1-2 pages or 800 words.
Admission is not dependent on the concentration declared/applied. All students who are admitted are admitted to the general program.
Click here to read more about M.A. concentrations.
The Latin American Studies Program at UCSD looks at a variety of factors when evaluating applicants for our program. Some factors that may be considered are: dedication to the field, experience in Latin America, research experience, previous academic performance, previous work experience, and academic potential.
Our Admissions Committee gives equal weight to every part of your application during the evaluation of your application.
The committee examines GRE scores, but does not base decisions on the scores alone; We will examine application packages in their entirety.
Yes. You may apply to more than one program at UC San Diego. You may not apply to more than one program within the same department.
Your application fee or fee waiver will allow you to submit an application to as many as three programs during the same application term.
Submit your first application with the fee or fee waiver. For additional applications, re-enter the application website with your same username and password. Click on “Create new Application”. Change the major code and other information for the new department/major. You will be asked to provide your Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose, and Education history within each application. Review and complete subsequent applications carefully. Application questions and requirements may vary by departments/majors.
After completing the additional application(s), click on submit. You will not be asked to pay the application fee for the additional application(s).