Graduate Academics

MA in International Studies with a concentration in Latino & Latin American Studies

Overview
In the Master’s program in Latino & Latin American studies at El Instituto, students engage in interdisciplinary study and research related to Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American worlds. El Instituto consists of 10 core faculty and is supported by over 70 affiliated research faculty and scholars across disciplines and departments throughout the university. El Instituto’s courses and faculty research examine a wide array of local, hemispheric, and global dimensions of the Latina/o, Caribbean, and/or Latin American condition. Our graduates go on to work in education, administration, cultural, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations, and many go on to pursue a Ph.D. and other advanced degree.

Areas and Disciplines
Graduates of El Instituto’s MA program earn a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Latino and Latin American Studies and can focus their studies in one of three broad areas:

  • U.S. Latina/o Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Comparative Transnational Latin(o) American Studies

Graduate students are required to focus their studies in a core discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Spanish) and take courses across two additional disciplines. For a list of El Instituto’s core faculty disciplines please visit the following site: http://elin.uconn.edu/core-faculty-and-staff

General Plan of Study 
A plan of study consists of 30 credits divided as follows.

First Year (18 credits)
First term: two courses plus LLAS 5000 (Introductory Seminar in Latin American Studies)
Second term: two 2 courses plus LLAS 5100 (Transnational and Comparative Latin(o) American Studies)

Summer or Winter Intersession (Optional 3 credits)
Internship/practicum/study abroad

Second Year (12 credits)
First term: two courses
Second term: one course plus LLAS 5890 (Writing Credits)

Application
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in accordance with Graduate School guidelines.

Applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid must submit their completed applications by February 15.

Completed application with the following materials should be sent to the Graduate School:

  • UConn graduate application, available on-line at http://www.grad.uconn.edu/prospective-students/applying-to-uconn
  • Personal statement (5 pages, double spaced). Statement should include:
    • Description of the applicant’s background related to his/her interest in Latino, Latin American and/or Caribbean Studies.
    • Explanation of how the applicant’s long-term goals will be served by earning an MA in Latino and Latin American Studies.
    • Applicants are encouraged to identify core (http://elin.uconn.edu/core-faculty-and-staff) or affiliated (http://elin.uconn.edu/affiliate-faculty/) faculty member(s) of El Instituto with whom they wish to work and explain why they would like to work with this faculty member.
    • Indication of level of proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or other Latin American or Caribbean official language. (MA candidates in the Comparative Transnational Latin(o) American Studies or Latin American and Caribbean Studies concentrations must pass a language proficiency examination before graduation)
  • Academic Writing Sample (not to exceed 30 pages).
  • Three letters of recommendation from former teachers and/or advisors that can attest to the applicant’s past academic achievement and promise in the program.
  • Official transcripts of all past post-secondary academic course work.
  • If applicable, the TOEFL examination (minimum overall score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the internet-based test) or the IELTS (minimum overall band score of 6.5)
  • The GRE is recommended but not required for entrance to the MA program in Latina/o and Latin American Studies.

Competitive applicants are expected to have survey knowledge of Latina/o, Latin American and/or Caribbean history and a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate course work related to Latina/o, Latin America or Caribbean studies. 

Due Dates
Due dates for admission to MA program and financial aid differ. For admission to the MA program, which is only for the fall semester, the deadline for complete applications is August 1st. If you also wish to be considered for financial aid, submit your materials to the Graduate School by February 15. Financial aid is awarded by the El Instituto for the full academic year only.

Financial Aid/Research Funding
Financial aid includes Graduate Teaching Assistantships and University of Connecticut Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in varying amounts. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid should so indicate on the application form and apply by the February 15 deadline. Information about other financial aid options is also available on the Financial Aid website – http://financialaid.uconn.edu

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires UConn – and all other institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs – to disclose certain information to current and prospective students, parents, and employees. The University has gathered this Consumer Information on a single website: http://heoa.uconn.edu/.

Grad School Teaching and Research Assistantships – includes a tuition waiver and a stipend

Nathan Whetten Latin American Research and Conference Travel Fellowships 

Robert G. Mead, Jr. Fellowship – awarded to the outstanding first year MA student specializing in Latin America.

Nathan Whetten Fellowship – awarded to the outstanding doctoral candidate preparing a dissertation on Latin America.

La Unidad Latina Foundation (LULF)

New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)

Related Graduate Programs
El Instituto also offers interdisciplinary graduate work leading to the degree of:
MA/MBA
MA/MPA
Masters in Latin American Studies and Survey Research
Doctor of Philosophy

MA/MBA

The MA/MBA program combines course work from both Business Administration and Latino & Latin American Studies. If the student chooses to complete the MA portion under Plan A, a minimum of 66 credits are required. Most often, however, students working toward the MA/MBA choose Plan B and complete 72 credit hours. Either way, completion of the dual degree usually requires 3 years. The MBA portion of the program comprises 42 credits in business, plus 15 credits of electives chosen from the Latino & Latin American Studies graduate course offerings. The MA portion of the program consists of 30 credits (under Plan B). Up to 12 credits of graduate business course work may be counted towards the MA in Latino and Latin American Studies.
Students opting for the dual MA/MBA degree program must apply and be admitted to both the School of Business Administration MBA program and the MA program in International Studies. Once accepted, they must meet all the requirements of both graduate programs. Students generally take business administration courses during the initial year of study, courses from business and Latino & Latin American Studies during the second year, and courses from Latino & Latin American Studies during the third year.
Only one application for admission needs to be submitted. However, all of the admission requirements for both the MBA and the MA programs must be fulfilled: scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); undergraduate transcript(s); three letters of recommendation; and a personal statement from the applicant are required. Application materials can be obtained by going to MBA Admissions.

MA/MPA

Students wishing to earn the concurrent MA/MPA must apply and be admitted to both graduate programs, and meet all the requirements of each program. Because students generally opt to complete the MA portion under Plan B, the dual MA/MPA generally requires three years to complete and consists of 60 credits of course work. To satisfy the requirements of the MA degree in Latino & Latin American Studies, students complete 30 credits, 6 of which may be earned in MPA courses. To complete the MPA portion of the degree, students complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of MPA courses, plus a 12-credit hour concentration in Latino & Latin American Studies. Please check the MPA website for the exact curriculum. Students generally concentrate on courses in one program during the initial year of study and on courses in the other program during the second year. Courses from both programs are taken during the third year.

Masters in Latin American Studies and Survey Research

This concurrent degree program is appropriate for students who wish to combine the Master of Arts in Survey Research theory and skill-based courses with in-depth knowledge of Latino & Latin American Studies. Students wishing to earn the concurrent MA in Latino & Latin American Studies and Survey Research must apply and be admitted to both graduate programs, and, once accepted meet all the requirements of each program. The dual MA requires a minimum of 48 graduate credits. To satisfy the requirements of the MA degree in Latino & Latin American Studies, students complete a minimum of 30 credits, 6 credits of which may be earned in Survey Research courses. The MSR portion of the degree requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of courses. For information about the MSR program, visit the Department of Public Policy’s Graduate Program in Survey Research.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students may specialize in Latino & Latin American Studies at the doctoral level while enrolled in Ph.D. programs in individual departments. Several UConn departments offer doctoral programs where significant expertise exists in Latino & Latin American Studies. Outstanding doctoral programs at UConn which provide significant expertise in Latin American and Caribbean Studies include History, Spanish, Political Science, Anthropology, and Education. Additional opportunities for focused study in Latino & Latin American Studies are found in Ecology, Agricultural & Resource Economics, and Natural Resources Management & Engineering. For information on applying to these doctoral programs visit the specific department or graduate school sites.