One of the top-ranked universities in the world, the University of Chicago has revolutionized education in the century since its founding with its emphasis on creative and innovative research. The Center builds upon this tradition with our interdisciplinary and individualized Master of Arts degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The Center also administers a joint MBA/MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with the Booth School of Business and a dual MA in Latin American Studies/MA in Public Policy with the Harris School of Public Policy.

This one-year program of graduate study provides students with a thorough knowledge of the cultures, history, politics, and languages of the region. Students in our MA program benefit from various resources that put the University of Chicago at the forefront of research and scholarship on Latin America, including 40+ world renowned faculty, top quality library resources, dynamic courses in 15+ disciplines, graduate workshopssummer language study, and field research grant opportunities 

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The master’s program attracts students who benefit from interdisciplinary training in a highly individualized and flexible program. Each student works closely with faculty and the program adviser to design a customized curriculum, define an area of scholarly research, and write a master’s paper. Students take advantage of the program’s flexibility to advance their academic and/or career objectives before making a major professional or educational commitment.

Some students approach a research interest from a multidisciplinary perspective. Others strengthen their training in a single discipline as it relates to Latin American and Caribbean Studies, or explore new fields. 


The master’s program provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance skills and knowledge appropriate for careers related to Latin America or as preparation for further graduate work or professional training. Graduates of the program enter or return to careers for which the master’s degree is increasingly an entry level requirement, including secondary and higher education, government, NGOs, business, and various cultural and non-profit organizations. Others enter doctoral and professional degree programs with support and advice from Latin American Studies staff and faculty.

Recent graduates have entered top PhD programs in anthropology, history, political science, and sociology at the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, UW-Madison, UC-Berkeley, UC-San Diego, UC-Davis, San Diego State University, Emory University, Ohio State University, University of Illinois, and UCLA, and in masters programs at the Harris School of Public Policy and the Booth School of Business.

Other alumni have developed careers working in the State Department, at the MacArthur Foundation and other philanthropic foundations, including the Heartland Alliance, the Center for Democracy and Technology and other social service and rights advocacy organizations. Additionally, many students have gone on to work at policy thinktanks like the Brookings Institution and as teachers in Chicago Public Schools.​