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How to Apply

Admissions Information for All Applicants

The online application for 2019-20 Academic Year opens in September 2018.

Deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018: Deadline to submit Online MA application including statement of purpose, resume or CV, 10-15 page double-spaced academic writing sample, and information of the 3 references that will be providing letters of recommendation.

  • Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019: Deadline for CLAS to receive supplemental materials such as official transcripts, GRE and/or TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation.
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019: Deadline for FLAS Fellowship Graduate Application 2019-2020. More information available here.

Please do not contact us to inquire about your application status. We will contact you if any part of the application is incomplete. Admissions decisions are sent out each year in late March.

Stanford University accepts only online applications to graduate programs. If you are not a current Stanford undergraduate student, please visit the Graduate Admissions website to access the online application. (Current Stanford undergrads only: access the Coterm Online Application here. The deadline for coterm applications is December 4, 2018.)

Applicants must meet the University admission requirements, have a working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese at the university third-year level, and have experience working, living, or studying in Latin America or Iberia prior to admission.

CLAS takes a broad approach to evaluating applications for admission. As important as GRE scores and grades are the applicant's essay, letters of recommendation, and the experiences and goals conveyed through the statement of purpose and curriculum vitae.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford to students from all disciplines, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields.

Apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by September 12, 2018, and to the Latin American Studies MA Program by November 14, 2018. Late applications for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will not be considered.

Required Applications Materials

1) Official transcripts - two copies of each (co-term applicants should submit unofficial Stanford transcripts)

2) Resume or curriculum vitae

3) 10-15 page double-spaced academic writing sample (may be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese)

4) Three letters of recommendation

5) Statement of Purpose

Stanford is no longer accepting paper supplementary materials. Applicants are expected to upload scanned copies of all their materials, including unofficial copies of transcripts, to their online application (click here for more details). Official hard copies of transcripts are also required, and should be mailed directly to:

Center for Latin American Studies
Stanford University
582 Alvarado Row
Stanford, CA 94305-8545

 

GRE & TOEFL

The GRE is required of all applicants, regardless of nationality. Those applicants who completed their undergraduate degrees in a non-English speaking environment must submit TOEFL scores as well.

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