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Our individualized programs foster the regional expertise vital to creating smarter policy, deeper knowledge, and more just global communities

Our MA programs offer students the chance to expand their knowledge of the history, politics, and culture of Latin America through a personalized program of study. Through interdisciplinary training we aim to share our curriculum and rich intellectual environment with students from diverse backgrounds and varied interests. 

Explore our programs

5 things to know

  1. Funding All students who enter into the MA programs are eligible for tuition scholarships through CLAS. Learn more about other University opportunities here.

  2. Travel Opportunities While not all students require fieldwork to complete their theses, many MA students choose to conduct 3-8 weeks of summer research through the CLAS Tinker Field Research Grants. Learn more here.

  3. Student Engagement There are many opportunities for graduate students to socialize and become involved in campus activities. Our favorite way is through the CAS workshops, which bring graduate students and faculty together to discuss works in progress. Learn more about the CAS Workshops here (in particular, the Latin American History Workshop and the Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean), and discover other ways to interact with your colleagues here.

  4. Library The University of Chicago Library is the tenth largest research library in North America with 11.6 million volumes in print and electronic form, 63,800 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, and 178 TB of University electronic archives and research data. Forty-five percent of the collections are non-English and published outisde the US, supporting research with a global impact and making the library a destination for international scholars. Beyond the library's extensive ciruclating holdings on Latin America, with notable strengths on the colonial era, Mexico, and US foreign relations with Central America, the library holds some of the world's richest resources on the indigenous cultures and languages of Mesoamerica, including the Chicago Archive of Indigenous Literatures of Latin America. Other specialized collections include a Latin American music collection with over 320 scores and 250 recordings not commercially available, and an archive of Brazilian television and cinema, housing more than 300 movies and television series. Learn more about Latin America and the UChicago Library here, and take a virtual tour of the library here.

  5. Post-Grad CLAS students go into a variety of fields after completing their degree programs. See what our alumni are up to here.