Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies offers an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of both Latin American societies and Latinos living in the United States. This program emphasizes the histories and experiences of Latin American people as they enter into a transnational dialogue that defines the United States and Latin America in the 21st century.

The M.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies will train students to reflect and engage social issues of historical and contemporary importance in the study of Latin American and Latino populations such as globalization, immigration, belonging and equality, as well as questions related to identity including race, culture, nationality, and gender.

The knowledge and skills students acquire in the M.A. program will be unique in that they will help them to achieve competence in more than one discipline. In addition, the program will train students to become competent in research and policy writing relevant to Latin American and Latino populations and will offer a unique community based research experience. Thus the main goal of the M.A. is that the students learn a series of specialized skills that place them on a solid career path, both in academic and non-academic settings.


LALS offers Assistantships and tuition waivers to qualified candidates.
For information about current UIC tuition and fees visit:
For general information about Assistantships, visit:

Applying for Admission

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. The program will accept and review applications for the Fall semester only. Admission decisions are made in compliance with the University of Illinois nondiscrimination policy. Applicants are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy both requirements by the LALS program and requirements from UIC’s Office of Graduate Admission.

Items are required by the Office of Graduate Admissions

  • Your online application is completed by following this link:
  • Application fee payment of $60. This is usually paid online with the online application. This fee is waived for applicants seeking readmission who have been previously enrolled at UIC as a graduate student, and employees of UIC. 
  • University-issued official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. These must be submitted directly from the issuing school to UIC's Office of Admissions and Record, proof of degree earned.
  • GRE score, which must be sent directly from the testing service to UIC. UIC's GRE Institutional Code is 1851.

Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for more details on the document upload process:

Additional requirements for international students

  • TOEFL or IELTS score, which must be sent directly from the testing service to UIC. UIC's TOEFL Institutional Code is 1851 (IELTS does not use a code). The minimum competence scores required are: 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (new Internet- based TOEFL); or IELTS: 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 in each subsection.
  • Visit the following UIC Graduate Admissions website for specific information about international applicants:

Items required by LALS

  • Baccalaureate (undergraduate major) field: No restrictions. Official final undergraduate transcripts are acceptable proof of degree conferral.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members in the social sciences and/or the humanities. (No more than three are requested.)
  • A statement of purpose addressing the candidate’s background as well as professional and academic goals, and the candidate’s reasons for applying to a Latin American and Latino graduate program. The statement should have a maximum length of three double-spaced pages.
  • Undergraduate records: The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required is 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of study. Official records will be requested upon acceptance into the program and the University.


For full consideration for funding and admission, applications should be received no later than January 15th. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday. If the deadline falls on a holiday, applications are due the following working day. The final application deadline for entrance in the fall semester will be May 15th for domestic applicants and February 15th for International Applicants.

Additional Information

Please call the LALS office at (312) 996-2445 with any questions.

  •  For more information about our program and faculty, please visit our webpage at
  • Write to the Director of Graduate Studies, Xóchitl Bada at
  • Write to the Program Coordinator, Bruce Tyler at