Latin American Studies M.A.

  • About Us

    Our Students' Testimonials:


    Students in the Latin American Studies Interdepartmental Program have the opportunity to focus their undergraduate and graduate education on this important region of the world

    • Work with faculty to design a degree program to meet individual goals.
    • Take courses in the professional schools, humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and the fine arts
    • Acquire the linguistic, methodological, and area expertise to succeed in public and private sector careers in business, government, education, the professions, and the arts

    International Reputation

    A distinguished faculty and extensive research resources make UCLA a national and international center for the study of Latin America

    • Latin Americanist faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professions
    • Major library, art, film, music, and museum collections focused on the region
    • Innovation and excellence have been a hallmark of UCLA's Latin American Studies program since its inception

    Geographic Location

    UCLA's location in Southern California enhances the development and impact of the Latin American Studies degree programs. Los Angeles has one of the country's largest Hispanic populations

    • Numerous public and private educational, business, and cultural institutions have a long-standing interest in Latin America
    • Linguistic, historical, economic, and demographic influences interact in Los Angeles to forge a truly multicultural society

    Activities and Resources

    UCLA offers one of the most extensive and diverse Latin American and Iberian academic programs in the country

    • Participate in the array of programs and activities that focus on Latin America at UCLA
    • Make use of the extensive research resources available to you
    • Explore our Web site and related links to learn more about UCLA's Latin America Studies Interdepartmental Degree Program

    During their time spent completing this program, students will also have the opportunity to present their work at the Annual International Institute Graduate Student Conference. With a transnational and interdisciplinary focus, Latin American Studies M.A. students are provided a unique experience and a specially tailored forum in which to engage experts on their research.

  • People



    Bonnie Taub, Co-Chair, Latin American Studies
    Kevin Terraciano, Co-Chair, Latin American Studies

    Leisy Abrego, Ph.D. (Chicana/o Studies)
    César J. Ayala, Ph.D. (Sociology)
    Patricia Arroyo Calderon, Ph.D. (Spanish and Portuguese)
    Stephen A. Bell, Ph.D. (Geography, History)
    Adriana J. Bergero, Ph.D. (Spanish and Portuguese)

    Verónica Cortínez, Ph.D. (Spanish and Portuguese)
    Robin L.H. Derby, Ph.D. (History)
    David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D. (Medicine)
    Susanna B. Hecht, Ph.D. (Geography, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, Urban Planning)
    Rubén Hernández-León, Ph.D. (Sociology)
    J. Randal Johnson, Ph.D. (Spanish and Portuguese)
    Efrain Kristal, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature)
    Steven J. Loza, Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology)
    Elizabeth A. Marchant, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, Gender Studies)
    Bonnie Taub, Ph.D. (Community Health Sciences)
    Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D. (History)
    Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Ph.D. (Chicana/o Studies, Urban Planning)
    Jennifer Osorio, University Librarian, ex officio affiliate


    Affiliated Faculty

    The UCLA Latin American Institute maintains a list of faculty with interests in Latin American Studies. Please click here for the list of the Affiliated Faculty.



    Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
    UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
    Office of Academic Advising
    10373 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
    Tel: 310-206-6571

    Academic Counseling drop in hours:
    Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm in 10373 Bunche (10th floor)



    Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
    UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
    Office of Academic Advising
    10373 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

    Tel: 310-206-6571

    Academic Counseling drop in hours:
    10:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm in 10373 Bunche (10th floor)

    Our Students' Testimonials:



    Students in the Latin American Studies MA are actively involved in a number of interesting projects and programs during the program and following their graduation. 


    Alda Migoni
    Alda graduated with the joint MA degree  in Latin American Studies and  MLIS in Library and Information Science.  After graduation, Alda started her job at the Library of Congress.

    During the summer of 2014,  Alda was an intern at both the Department of Justice Libraries and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. At the Department of Justice, she worked assisting two reference librarians in the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Alda directly supported attorneys in the Office of International Affairs in the Criminal Division, and the Office of Immigration Litigation in the Civil Division. Alda had the opportunity to be trained in law librarianship, expand her research and reference skills, and support litigation with her research. She also maintained a collection of current media and congressional hearings on high-profile national litigation.

    Alda (front row, far left) in Washington D.C with here fellow interns.

    At the Library of Congress, Alda was an intern for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access in the Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean Division. Alda worked directly with processing new materials from Latin America, assessed their cataloging level, and evaluated resources for collection development for MCAC and SA (South America). She also assessed items against invoices and approval plans and maintained relationships with vendors through the international Gift and Exchange program.

    Working directly with new publications from Latin America, Alda was able to further her knowledge on current materials and scholarship from a multitude of countries. She also gained invaluable experience and training by working with legislative histories concerning immigration and changing policies. Both experiences directly related to her interests and coursework at UCLA as a dual masters candidate in the Latin American studies program and Library and Information Science department.


    Mary Alfaro
    Mary completed here MA in Latin American Studies during the fall of 2014. Through the program she studied culture and ethnomusicology of Latin America.

    In the summer of 2014, Mary Alfaro participated in the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) in Washington D.C., a fellowship organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center. This program hosted a select group of eleven graduate students engaged in the fields of Latino and Latin American art, culture and history for five weeks. LMSP focused on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino cultural studies in two components.

    Mary experienced a rewarding summer internship in D.C. at the National Museum of American History.

    Mary specifically worked on the Mexican Folk Art and Transnational Stories practicum at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) under the direction of Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio, a curator at the Division of Home and Community Life. NMAH possessed a large collection of Mexican folk art, home décor, and domestic objects that reflect multiple layers of Latino identities, lifestyles and family traditions. Therefore, Mary M. Alfaro learned about the curatorial process by working to bring objects from a prominent private collection of Mexican folk art to the Smithsonian.

    The responsibilities assigned to the program were diverse, and included 1) researching the following subject areas: Latino folk art, consumerism and tourism in Latin America, and trans-national histories and experiences; 2) conducting background research on specific objects in this collection to produce an annotated collecting guide with bibliographic references; 3) identifying the objects’ importance to Latino history and culture as well as American history more broadly; and 4) outlining justifications for collection in reference to collections committee standards


    Sarah Jane Smith
    Sarah Jane Smith is a student in the Latin American Studies/ Public Health joint MA/MPH program at UCLA.

    In the summer of 2015,  Sarah attended the Doctors for Global Health General Assembly: “Liberation Medicine - Rise Up In Solidarity,” in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. She became a member of Doctors for Global Health ( after attending their General Assembly last year in Berkeley, CA. While there she came to know of DGH through her partner, Lorenzo, who was previously involved with COCOSI (, an organization that DGH works closely with in Santa Marta, Cabañas, El Salvador. The work of DGH is comprised of hundreds of health professionals, educators, social justice activists, artists, retirees, etc. who are committed to building long-term relationships between people and communities around the world to work towards effective solutions to social justice issues.

    What makes DGH particularly different is that their members volunteer their time and expertise in communities that have invited them to work in partnership. The philosophy of, “community accompaniment” is core to their values as an organization, and they have accompanied communities in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uganda, and the United States. Another core component of the organization is their emphasis in participatory investigation, which they define as, “investigating with communities what their health needs are and then working with them to help meet those needs.”

    Emerald Snow 
    Emerald Snow graduated with  a joint MA degree in Latin American Studies and MS in Community Health Sciences.



    In the summer of 2015, Emerald studied Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos (IBEU Copacabana) through the University of Florida. She spent her time studying Portuguese (advanced grammar, vocabulary, etc.), Brazilian culture, and history with a focus on recent events (World Cup 2014 & 2016 Olympics). In her time outside of the classroom, she was able to explore outside of Rio de Janeiro and make some wonderful friends. This was an amazing opportunity for her to practice her Portuguese in a lusophone country while exploring a part of Latin America she had never seen before.

  • Degree Requirements

    Of the nine courses for the Latin American Studies MA, at least five must be at the graduate level, with at least one graduate-level course falling in each of the two or three fields.

    All coursework must relate to Latin America, e.g. any research paper or project must focus on the region.

    Courses in the 300 and 400 series cannot be applied to the degree. 

    Maximum two 500 series courses are allowed for the degree.

    All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless they are in 500 series.  The 500 series courses taken for S/U can be applied to the degree but only if the course has no letter grade option. 


    Winter 2018 Course List


    Language Courses

    Before they can graduate, students have to complete one of the following language course options:

    • Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish)  and
    • Portuguese 11A and 11B (or Portuguese1, 2, 3)


    • Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish) and
    • Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B, 18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)


    • Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
    • Spanish 5 (Intermediate Spanish)


    • Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
    • Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B,18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)


    Students who completed language requirement by taking courses outside of UCLA can be exempt from taking additional language courses at UCLA.  Please contact the Advising Office for more information. 

    Registration and Enrollment; Course Load

    Students are advised to remain aware of all campus deadlines applicable to registration and enrollment (which appear in the CALENDAR section of the UCLA Schedule of Classes). Failure to meet stipulated deadlines can result, at minimum, in the levying of late fees or other fines.

    For each quarter (Summer session excluded), all graduate students are required to be either:

    • registered and enrolled,
    • registered in absentia, or
    • on official leave of absence

    Students register by paying registration fees by the deadline. Students are advised to enroll in at least 12 units per quarter unless approval by the Faculty Advisor stipulates otherwise. An exception to this policy exists only for graduate students, near their time to degree, who may be eligible to pay a filing fee. Students should monitor their academic progress online via My.UCLA and always check their records for accuracy. Any discrepancy should be immediately brought to the attention of the relevant faculty member.

    Registration and Enrollment Procedure
    All students can access their UCLA Billing Statement online through My.UCLA which will alert them to all payment amounts due for each quarter (such as registration fees, fines, outstanding debts, financial awards, and refunds).

    ENROLLMENT for all courses may be done online through My.UCLA before the stipulated deadlines. Some courses (such as most graduate level seminars) may require that the student requests a Permission to Enroll number (or "PTE") from the appropriate instructor before enrolling in a course. More detailed information about this procedure is also available through various Campus publications and from the Coordinator of Student Affairs.

    A PROJECTED COURSE LIST for each academic quarter will be distributed to every student prior to the beginning of each academic term. Each quarterly list will indicate courses that may be applied to MA degree requirements. The Faculty Advisor must check and approve all courses. Approval for enrollment in courses not appearing on this list must be obtained from the Program Chair/Faculty Advisor.
    Course lists are always subject to change without prior notice and information (such as Course ID#s, class times & locations, and instructors) should always be verified by consulting the quarterly UCLA on line Schedule of Classes.

    Leave of Absence
    Students may formally petition to take a temporary LEAVE OF ABSENCE for one to three quarters during their graduate tenure. There is a maximum of three quarters of leave permitted to UCLA students. Leave of absence is not automatically granted and there must be a valid reason for the leave to be approved. Students are eligible for leave of absence only for one of the following reasons: outside employment, medical, parental obligations, other family obligations, military, emergency, financial hardship.
    Students on a leave of absence are not eligible for any financial assistance from the university and are not covered by the Graduate Students Health Insurance policy (GSHIP).

    Registration in Absentia
    A registered student can apply for Registration in Absentia when (s)he needs to conduct research outside of California. Student’s research has to be directly related to his/her degree program.
    For more information on the Leave of Absence and the Registration in absentia please click here.

    Registered students wishing to officially WITHDRAW from the Program are advised to notify Graduate Division via formal petition. Failure to do so can result in the seizure of the student's Transcripts and Official Records and/or legal action by the University.

    An "Incomplete" (appearing on the student transcript as an "I" rather than letter grade) indicates either that the student has not satisfied the minimum requirements for a given course or, alternatively (and rarely), indicates that the instructor (through prior agreement with the student) has allowed a temporary grade assignment of "Incomplete" to stand for one quarter and be immediately changed into a letter grade the following quarter (this typically occurs only with courses spanning more than a single quarter).
    Incomplete grades can become very serious!!! If the student fails to satisfy the required coursework by the end of the following quarter, the Incomplete Grade will revert to a Failing Grade of "F" (not easy to later remove from the student's transcript).
    In order to petition for any grade change or to remove an Incomplete grade, a form signed by the Chair/Faculty Advisor must be submitted to Graduate Division with a processing fee, supporting documentation, and an explanatory letter from the course instructor.

    Current fees are listed on the UCLA Graduate Division website . California residents are exempt from  Non-Resident Tuition. Non-California residency are encouraged to obtain California residency for tuition purposes as soon as possible. Students should contact the Academic Advisor for more information. International students are not eligible for California residency and should expect to pay the Non-Resident Tuition throughout their studies at UCLA.

    For more information on graduate studies rules and regulations please check the "Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA".

  • Concurrent and Articulated Degrees

    Latin American Studies offers joint degrees with several programs at UCLA. Those concurrent and articulated degree programs allow students to complete both degrees in less time than the sequential completion. Articulated degree programs allow certain number of courses to be applied to both degrees, while articulated degrees do not allow any course overlap. Applicants who would like to pursue both degrees need to submit separate application to each school and be admitted to both programs.

    Concurrent Degree Programs:

    M.A./Latin American Studies - MURP/Urban Planning
    Alexis Oberlander, Graduate Advisor
    Department of Urban Planning
    3250 Public Affairs Building
    (310) 825-7331

    M.A./Latin American Studies - M.B.A./ John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management
    Jessica Chung, Associate Director, MBA Admissions
    UCLA Anderson
    Gold Hall, Suite B201
    (310) 825-6944

    Articulated Degrees

    M.A./Latin American Studies - M.L.I.S./Information Studies
    Michelle Maye, Graduate Advisor
    Department of Information Studies
    207 GSE&IS Bldg.
    (310) 825-5269

    M.A./Latin American Studies-M.P.H./School of Public Health
    Sukhwinder Sagoo, Admissions Officer
    School of Public Health
    16-071 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
    (310) 825-5524

    General inquires regarding the M.A. in Latin American Studies should be addressed to:

    Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
    UCLA International Institute
    Latin American Studies M.A. Program
    10373 Bunche Hall
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
    Telephone: (310) 206-6571



  • Funding Opportunities


    Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database - Search Form

    GRAPES is not a fellowship or scholarship, rather it is an extensive database created by UCLA to help graduate students search for funding opportunities from institutions all over the world. Graduate students in need of funding (from all disciplines) are encouraged to become very familiar with the GRAPES database, and to reference it regularly.

    Funding opportunities stemming directly from UCLA are sometimes limited. With GRAPES, however, graduate students may search for hundreds of potential funding sources from many universities and institutions outside of UCLA.

    To access the GRAPES database, please click here.

    General Fellowship Opportunities

    Boren Fellowship

    Boren Fellowships provide funding for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The fellowship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

    Maximum awards for the Boren Fellowships are $30,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at


    Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship Recipients

    The Burkle Center awards outstanding minority graduate students who have financial need and research interests relating to globalization and international relations with scholarships up to $4,000.00 each academic year. Scholarships are granted to qualified applicants who demonstrate leadership skills and academic achievement.

    For more information about the Belkin Memorial Fellowship, including application and deadline information, please visit the fellowship information page, here.

    Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP)

    This one-year fellowship program provides recipients with a stipend plus tuition (and nonresident supplemental tuition if necessary). Professional degree supplemental tuition, if the awardee is enrolled in a professional degree program, is not covered.. The program supports a limited number of entering students pursuing either terminal or professional master's degrees.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540 (eligibility for undocumented AB540 students is effective January 1, 2013). The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. Applicants should review the GOFP Application Instructions and complete both the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students and the Admissions Application Diversity Statement. These forms will be reviewed as part of your fellowship application.
    For more information, please visit this link.

    Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

    The U.S. Department of State funds about 600 students for summer language institutes abroad at various skill levels. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen graduate students. Scholars will complete language coursework as well meeting with a native speaker language partner. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Language levels are classified as Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.

    All CLS Program costs are covered. Funds international and domestic travel, related costs for a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C., visa fees, language instruction, room, board, program sponsored travel within the host country. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this fellowship[

    To learn more about the Critical Language Scholarship please visit this link.

    Teaching Assistantships

    Graduate students interested in teaching positions are encouraged to subscribe to the TA Marketplace group. Departments that need to fill TA vacancies post job announcements through that group.  Students need to be registered in order to have access to the group announcements. 

    African Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is for graduate students of African descent (African American or African person of another nationality) who are matriculating toward a doctorate or master's degree in African History and/or Culture. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate study at a college or university in the United States.

    Applications are due in April of the preceding academic year. For more info, please click here.

    East Asian Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    East Asia Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

    Academic Year and summer fellowships for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language and area studies.

    The Asia Institute administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program for East Asia at UCLA, supporting graduate and undergraduate training in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language and related area studies. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. FLAS Fellowships are provided by a grant from the US Department of Education Title VI program. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

    New and continuing UCLA graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines may apply for the Academic Year FLAS awards. Continuing students only may apply for the Summer FLAS. Undergraduate students must be studying the target language at the intermediate or advanced level to be eligible.

    To find out more about the Asia Institute’s FLAS, please visit the website.

    Taiwan Studies Graduate Research Fellowship

    Through a grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, the UCLA Asia Institute will offer awards of up to $6000 to UCLA graduate students for pre-dissertation or dissertation-level research in Taiwan for summer 2015 or academic-year 2015-16. Students from any discipline may apply, but research must incorporate topics or methodologies of the humanities or social sciences.

    Eligibility: According to guidelines established by the funding agency, students who are native citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong, or the People’s Republic of China are not eligible to apply.

    For more information, please visit this page.

    Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Fellowships

    The Wagatsuma Fellowship was created in honor of the late UCLA Anthropology Professor Hiroshi Wagatsuma, who for many years served as an important bridge of mutual understanding between students and academics in Japan and the United States. He pursued cross-cultural studies in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and law until his death in 1985. Applications should be submitted online.

    Awards of up to $7000 will be made to students working on a dissertation or comparable research project with a substantial cross-cultural or comparative dimension, preferably one concerning Japan or other Asian country and North America. Applications should discuss how the proposal meets the requirements of the award to continue in the spirit of Prof. Wagatsuma's work.

    For more information on the fellowship, please visit this link.

    Korean Foundation, Korean Studies Scholarship Program

    The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annually offers 10 yearlong scholarships to graduate students majoring in Korean studies in North America. These scholarships support a master or PhD student's coursework and/or research while enrolled at their home institutions. It covers students only through the year that they are advanced to candidacy and only if they are in residence (not overseas research). Scholarships are for one academic year only. Scholarship recipients may reapply in succeeding years for additional support. Fellowship recipients are required to submit reports on their research or coursework at the conclusion of their one-year fellowship period.

    For more details about the fellowship, please click here.

    Latin American Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

    The Latin American Institute administers the federally-funded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program supporting language training in Quechua, Nahuatl, Portuguese, and Advanced Spanish for graduate and undergraduate students at UCLA. Separate awards are available for summer language study and for academic year study.

    FLAS fellowships are provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants must be planning to use their training to teach, serve in government or international agencies, or engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. New and continuing UCLA graduate students and continuing undergraduates may apply for academic year and/or summer awards. Incoming undergraduate transfer students may apply for academic year awards.

    For more details, please visit the Latin American Institute FLAS webpage.


  • Admissions Information

    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

  • Information for Incoming Students

    Housing Options

    For students seeking housing near UCLA’s campus, there are a number of options provided by the university and by independent housing offices. Incoming students who have recently accepted an offer of admission will be contacted directly by the university via e-mail with details about how to apply for university housing. In general, most graduate students seeking university housing near campus will be competitive for housing agreements in the Weyburn Apartments.

    Weyburn Terrace Apartments

    While university housing is not guaranteed, many students in the MA program are able to secure housing in the Weyburn Terrace Apartments next to campus. The Weyburn apartments are located right next to UCLA and are within walking distance of the main campus. In addition, a very convenient university bus route connects Weyburn to the university with shuttles arriving every few minutes.

    Weyburn offers individual studio housing and housing for students seeking a roommate. Furnished and unfurnished housing options are both available. For detailed information about rates for Weyburn Terrace housing, please click here.

    Parking is available for students who obtain housing in Weyburn Terrace. A parking permit for Weyburn may be applied for during the online application process.

    Student housing is not managed by the MA program, however. As stated above, students who have recently committed to UCLA will be contacted by the university directly with information about how to apply for housing. To explore more UCLA housing information, including off-campus university housing options, please click here.

    Non-University Housing Options

    There are plenty of non-university housing options for incoming students. Craigslist is an excellent option for many students seeking housing near UCLA. Many UCLA students successfully find housing using websites such as Zuma Housing ,  Westside Rentals, Trulia  and Zillow.

    The neighborhoods that are located in proximity to UCLA and have good bus connection to UCLA include:

    • Beverly Hills
    • Brentwood
    • Culver City
    • Mar Vista
    • Palms
    • Santa Monica
    • West Hollywood
    • West Los Angeles
    • Westwood

    Parking options

    A daily parking permit for on campus parking is $12.  

    Students may also apply for quarterly parking permits, known as orange permits. Orange commuter permits are $231 each quarter. Commuter permits only secure parking at on-campus locations. Detailed information concerning parking permits including deadlines to apply may be found here.

    Public Transportation

    Students who find off-campus housing may also use the many convenient bus routes that connect UCLA to the greater LA area:

    • Students residing in Culver City and Palms will find the Culver City Bus very accessible.
    • Students residing in Santa Monica, Mar Vista, West Hollywood may easily commute to campus by using the Big Blue Bus.
    • Los Angeles County Metro (bus and rail) allows students to commute from many other areas of Los Angeles.
    • You can use Metro Trip Planner to find the best bus connection when traveling around Los Angeles.

    The practicality of commuting to campus using city bus lines will be determined by the distance between the student’s housing and UCLA. While extremely affordable, some students may experience commutes of up to an hour in each direction to and from campus. Students are encouraged to consider all these factors while selecting appropriate housing.

    Obtaining California Residency for Tuition Purposes

    Out of state students can apply for California residency after completing their first year at UCLA. If approved, students will be able to pay the in-state tuition during their second or any subsequent year at UCLA. For more information, such as required documentation and deadlines to apply please visit the Registrar’s website.

    Please note that this information does not apply to international students.

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    Aerin Cho

    BA '08

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: As broad as the field of international development is, there are so many opportunities and you will never be bored in it (if not overwhelmed with amount of information). What I found helpful for myself is

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  • Cecily Couture

    BA '06

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take all the classes you can! Don't just do the bare minimum to graduate. There is such a wealth of knowledge there that you can draw on in your future endeavors! Go to office hours when

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    Karla Galdamez

    MA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: I'm so happy that I chose to attend UCLA and study Latin American studies. The degree provided me with opportunities to examine the world from a broad range of perspectives. Because of the degree I feel

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  • Alejandro Garcia

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Go to office hours! Letters of recommendation will are crucial for future applications so build relationships with your professors early! Study abroad and consider double majoring.

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    Gayle Gienger

    BA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Spend some time abroad! It is an incredible, eye-opening, soul-searching experience. Go at least for a semester, a year if you can. Consider going to a smaller city - it's easier to integrate into the local

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  • Kimberly Grano

    BA '15

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: If you can't get away for a quarter during the school year because of work or campus activities, make the most of your summers! Some of my favorite memories from my four years as a UCLA

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    Kaitlin Highstreet

    BA '15

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Make the most of your time here! It really goes so quickly and the opportunities for learning and having fun are incredible. Work hard, but remember that you learn so much out of the classroom and

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  • Zachary Jarvinen

    BA '06

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Get out there and DO STUFF. Bring things to completion, whether in your own hood, or internationally. You can come back to your friends and family (no ones getting married that quick in the 21st century),

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    Kristin Kalla

    MA '92

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Find a supportive mentor, take risks, travel and volunteer, be a positive role model, stay humble and motivate others.

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  • Kalani Matthew-James Wonyou Kim

    BA '11, MA '14

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Use your time wisely and don't let the opportunities that present themselves to you to slip through your fingers. Be proud of your accomplishments that have made you a Bruin and always be an excellent representative

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    Nancy Knowles

    BA '90

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Get a degree in a field you like and are good at. The type of bachelor's degree doesn't matter too much to most employers and graduate schools. Many like the breadth of a degree in one

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  • Tanya Lara

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Definitely study abroad - even if it's just for a summer term. There is nothing better for the development of your language skills and cultural awareness than being immersed into your country/region of study.

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    J. Eric Lomeli

    BA '00, MA '02

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: First, dedicate yourself into learning a wide perspective, then narrow down your focus to become an expert.

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  • Emily Marsh

    BA '09

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: An international degree is one of the most well-rounded and relevant degrees you can earn today. The Global Studies major, in particular, examines the every day trends and movements of today's world with a strong ties

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    Angela Mc Duffie

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Never think that you will be limited to what you learn in school. Remember that what you may think is useless now will become helpful one day and make a huge impression on someone. UCLA is

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  • Laurel McAndrews

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of ALL UCLA resources while you are there. Take as many classes as you can and be sure to utilize the UCLA Career Center BEFORE you graduate. It costs money to use it afterwards!

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    Ray Minjares

    BA '02

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Definitely do a semester or year abroad through EAP. This changed my life. Take classes that interest you, and think outside the box. Don't get buried in books. Go have fun.

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  • Caley Moffatt

    BA '14

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Travel, expand your worldview, and examine different cultures. The Global Studies Travel Study program in Paris was one of the most memorable parts of my time at UCLA. Also, writing a senior thesis was by far

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    Conor Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Go to office hours! Meet your professors and develop those professional connections that you will need whether you decide to pursue graduate studies or jump straight into the workforce. Spend time with your peers and colleagues

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  • Ben Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Pursue some of the more unique niches within UCLA's expansive course offerings; follow your heart and give your all. Take chances and enter every experience with a positive attitude. Don't forget to have a sense of

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    Gael Murphy

    MA '82

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Apply a human rights framework to what you choose to do and where you choose to do it!

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  • Jennifer Patton

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in travel study programs and other study abroad opportunities. Also explore the wonderful language programs at UCLA, which offer many courses that cross over with the Global Studies major.

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    Jessica Salgado

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Develop strong study habits; go to office hours; develop relationships with Professors and Teaching Assistants, and fellow classmates; be the first to say, "hello!"; challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone; expose yourself to

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