Information regarding application and financial assistance.

Note that the Latin American Studies graduate program offers a Master's degree (M.A.) only.  There is no PhD in Latin American Studies offered at UCLA.

General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be found at UCLA’s Graduate Division Website.

The deadline to apply to the Latin American Studies interdepartmental graduate program for the academic year beginning in the Fall quarter is December 15.

All materials must be complete before the application is considered.

The following materials are required components of the admission application:

  • Application form completed via UCLA Graduate Division’s Admissions Website
  • Statement of purpose (maximum two pages, double space).  Statement of purpose should describe academic, Latin America-related experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (use Institution Code 4837, Department Code 5199)
  • Official transcript.  An unofficial transcript may be uploaded via on-line admission application; however, we require one copy of official transcript to be sent to the program's office in a sealed envelope.  If the transcript is not in English, an authorized translation has to be provided. 
  • A research paper or other writing sample that well demonstrates writing and analytical skills (10 pages maximum). The goal of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to write professionally and clearly.  For that reason, the writing sample should be written in English. 
  • International applicants have to submit TOEFL scores.  Applicants who hold a degree from a university located in U.S. or another country where English is both a primary spoken language and the language of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full time study at such institution are not required to submit TOEFL scores.  For more information please review English Requirements


Financial Assistance:

Latin American Studies M.A. Program Inquiries:
Telephone: (310) 206-6571

UCLA International Institute
Latin American Studies Graduate Admissions
10373 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487