The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) offers an interdisciplinary program of study leading to the M.A. degree. The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Latin America, while offering them the opportunity to specialize in a variety of disciplinary areas.

It is tailored to the needs of people contemplating further graduate-level work in the humanities or social sciences, as well as those wishing to pursue non-academic careers. Students may participate in graduate summer programs that CLAS offers in Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Quito, Ecuador.

In addition, there is a special five-year cooperative degree program that allows students from select U.S. colleges and universities who have majored in Latin American Studies at the undergraduate level to complete the M.A. in Latin American Studies at Georgetown in one year.

A joint program leading to a master’s degree and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree is also now available. This joint program offers master's level study in the field of Latin American Studies from Georgetown's Graduate School and the School of Foreign Service integrated with a program of legal studies offered by the Georgetown Law Center. The joint program, offering the two degrees, can be completed in four years. Students must begin the master's/J.D. program in the fall semester only.

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A.
  • M.A./Ph.D. (Government)
  • M.A./A.B. (College)
  • M.A./A.B. (Spanish)
  • M.A./B.S. (Foreign Service)
  • M.A./J.D. (Law)

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020

November 1, 2019

Fall 2020

January 15, 2020 (scholarship consideration)

April 1, 2020 (final deadline)

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Degree Requirements:

The three degree requirements for the M.A. in Latin American Studies include the successful completion of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework (or the successful completion of 33 credit hours of graduate coursework and the successful writing and defense of a master's thesis) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; successful completion of a language proficiency examination in Spanish or Portuguese; and successful completion of a written comprehensive examination, which may be taken after the student has successfully completed 30 credit hours of coursework.

For more information on degree requirements, please visit the department’s website.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.

  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Score
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission requirements include three letters of recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, standardized tests (see below) and an application fee. 

Students planning to concentrate in Economics, Political Economy, or any other program that requires courses in the discipline of Economics must have completed introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics prior to enrollment. Pre-requisite courses in economics can neither be waived, nor counted within the 36 graduate credits required for completion of the M.A. All students must take a language placement examination upon entry into the program, and must pass a proficiency examination in Spanish or Portuguese at least one semester before the intended semester of graduation.

Merit-based tuition scholarships are available on a limited basis. No additional application for merit-based scholarships is required.



Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all native English-speaking applicants, and foreign students with degrees from colleges and universities in countries where English is the primary language. There is no minimum required score on the GRE. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores.  Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information:  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: