M.A. Latin American Studies

Master of Arts

Latin American Studies

Collaborate with internationally renowned scholars and develop your research skills with ample opportunities for fieldwork in Latin America and along the U.S-Mexico border.

About the Program

Our outstanding interdisciplinary program puts a strong regional emphasis on Mexico, Central America, and Brazil, with thematic areas focusing on the borders of the Americas and immigration, environment and development, history and culture, and power and inequality. We offer faculty expertise in many other areas as well with more than 120 affiliate faculty from a variety of backgrounds with interests in Latin America

The University of Arizona is also a major research university with a world-class library. Tucson is located 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, offering numerous opportunities for students interested in border studies or working in northern Mexico.

Warm Departmental Culture

Our program is small with strong camaraderie and frequent interactions among undergraduates, graduate students, staff and faculty. You'll receive personal attention from advisors and staff during your time studying with us.

We also offer interesting speakers and events throughout the year that engage our students, faculty, and the broader community.

Student Fieldwork & Funding

Nearly all graduate students in the Latin American Studies program receive funding from the Tinker Foundation to do fieldwork over the summer, and work closely with faculty members to shape and implement their research ideas. There are also many internships, study abroad, and other research opportunities both in Arizona and abroad.

Other financial aid options and funding opportunities are available for graduate students, including scholarships. fellowships, and research grants.

Program of Study

All graduate students develop proficiency in both Spanish and Portuguese. You'll also complete courses to introduce you to research in Latin America, qualitative research methods, and an interdisciplinary research seminar.

You'll also complete a primary concentration in areas such as:

  • Borders of the Americas and Immigration
  • Environment and Development
  • History and Culture
  • Power and Inequality
  • Regional studies focusing on Mexico, Central America or Brazil

See degree requirements

Dual Degree Options

We offer several dual degree programs that can give you the opportunity to train for a particular career and study Latin America from a variety of different perspectives. Most can be completed in three years. We currently have dual degree programs available in Journalism, Public Health, Law, and Public Administration

Community Outreach

The Center for Latin American Studies is committed to community outreach and working with non-governmental organizations. We also offer programming to K-12 and community college teachers.

We serve as a National Resource Center for Latin America, offering an extensive video collection.

Career Pathways

Graduates of our program work in private sector, government, media, non-profits, and academia (just to name a few).

Student Outcome Assessment

Graduate Student Handbook


Please contact Director of Graduate Studies Colin Deeds with any questions.