Masters of Arts

Students with little prior coursework on Latin America will benefit most from our interdisciplinary curriculum consisting of a core set of courses surveying the history, politics, culture and society, and environment,  ecology, and sustainability of the region, along with advanced language training, in-depth courses. Stanford M.A. in Latin American Studies students receive basic training in systems and tools such visualization, big data analysis, and GIS in order to be current and more effective in their career of choice.

Prior graduates of the Latin American Studies master's degree program have gone into higher education, business and the private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations.

In consultation with a faculty advisor, students select a course of study suited to their individual interests. One may obtain a dual professional degree concurrently with the M.A. For official degree requirements and approved courses, please see the Latin American Studies section of the Stanford Bulletin online.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page if you have questions about the M.A. program and admissions. With further questions, do not hesitate to contact CLAS Academic and Student Services at latinamerica [at] (subject: MA%20application%20inquiry) (latinamerica[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Coterminal Degree for Current Stanford Students

Current Stanford undergraduates may apply for a coterminal M.A. degree in Latin American Studies. Stanford undergraduates interested in applying to the LAS coterm program should use the Co-term On-Line Application to apply. Stanford coterminal applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and meet the language requirement in the menu link. See the How to Apply section on our website for more information.

Joint Degree Programs

To be eligible for a dual degree program with the Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.), School of Law (J.D.), or School of Medicine (M.D.), candidates must apply and be accepted independently to both programs.