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Prospective students to the Master of Arts Program in Latin American Studies will apply to the program through either the Division of the Social Sciences or the Division of the Humanities, depending on their primary disciplinary orientation (once admitted, the Division through which a student is admitted has no impact on curriculum, course registration, or faculty advising).

The application process begins at the University of Chicago Graduate Admissions website, where prospective students learn about the University's resources. Applicants can then create an account to complete the application electronically through one of our online pages.

Apply through the SOCIAL SCIENCES DIVISION if your disciplinary interests are in:

Comparative Human Development
Political Science
Social Thought

Apply through the HUMANITIES DIVISION if your disciplinary interests are in:

Art History
Cinema and Media Studies
Comparative Literature
Romance Languages & Literatures
Visual Arts


Early Deadline | December 1, 2018
 *application fee waived
 *applicants will be notified of admission decision mid-March 2019
Round 1 Priority Deadline | January 3, 2019
 *applicants will be notified of admission decision mid-March 2019
BA/MA Deadline | February 1, 2019
 *for current University of Chicago undergraduate students in their 3rd year
Round 2 Deadline | April 30, 2019
 *applicants will be notified of admission decision mid-May 2019

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The online application of the University of Chicago will guide you through the process of completing your application, uploading the material required, and submitting it online to be reviewed by our faculty. Given that the application to the Master of Arts is entirely online, no documents should be mailed to the University of Chicago. They should all be submitted online.

Complete application requirements for the Division of the Social Sciences

Complete application requirements for the Division of the Humanities

Application FAQ

Application Fee

The application-processing fee is $90. The fee will be waived for all applicants who submit an application by December 1, 2017.

An application Fee Waiver Request form is available for eligible candidates. Please contact the Office of Admissions (773.702.3760) with all questions related to the application fee and application fee waivers. 


​Applicants are required to upload transcript copies from all post-secondary schools attended. Official transcripts will be requested upon admission.

Letters of Recommendation 

Three letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the online application. The University of Chicago does not accept letters of recommendation as attachments to an email or by fax. Instructions for submitting letters of recommendation can be found in the "recommendation" section of the online application.

Because of the highly specialized graduate training offered at UChicago, it is recommended that letters of recommendation come from instructors at academic institutions.

Candidate Statement

Candidate statements should express academic and career objectives in concise, sharply focused, well-crafted essays. There is a 2,500-word limit.

Writing Sample

​The Center for Latin American Studies requires that a writing sample of 10–20 pages be submitted as part of the application.

Writing samples should be academic in nature and should demonstrate the candidate's research and writing skills. The paper should be closely related to Latin American Studies. The paper can be one submitted for a grade in a class, a degree paper, or a publication such as a magazine feature or journal article. The writing sample should not be a paper written specifically for your application. If your submitted item is a collaborative work, all writers’ names should be included with your name highlighted. Please note that the writing sample may be in English or in Spanish. Please include a cover sheet and proper identification on your writing sample.

The writing sample must be submitted electronically. The application website will prompt you to upload your writing sample. Please make sure that this step is completed before submitting your application.


All applicants are required to take the  Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service administers the GRE in the United States and abroad. Please have an official GRE score report sent directly to the University of Chicago.

The University of Chicago's institution code is 1832.

We urge you to take the GRE no later than November. November test scores often do not reach us until January, and lacking scores could put your application at a disadvantage

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Foreign students must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

TOEFL or IELTS score reports are valid for two years and scores will be considered expired if the test was taken more than two years prior to submission of the application. Photocopies of TOEFL or IELTS Score Reports will not be considered valid. To submit a TOEFL score, please use ETS code 1832.

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 104 overall, with 4 sub scores of 26 each.

Minimum required scores in the IELTS is an overall score of 7, with sub scores of 7 each. (Note: students are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test).


The English language requirement may be waived under specific circumstances: if the applicant is a United States citizen or Permanent Resident or studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Students who studied in English in other countries—for example, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, or Singapore—are not exempt from the requirement.

For more information about applying to the University of Chicago, please visit the Graduate Admissions for International Students website.

More resources for international applicants—click here.



Contact Student Affairs Coordinator Jamie Gentry