Students with little prior coursework on Latin America will benefit most from our interdisciplinary curriculum consisting of a core set of courses surveying the history, politics, society, and culture of the region along with advanced language training and in-depth courses dealing with the region. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students select a course of study suited to their individual interests. One may obtain a dual professional degree concurrently with the M.A.

Prior graduates of the Latin American Studies master's degree program have gone into higher education, business and the private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations.

For official degree requirements and approved courses, please see the Latin American Studies section of the Stanford Bulletin online.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page if you have questions about the M.A. program and admissions. With further questions, do not hesitate to contact CLAS Associate Director Elizabeth Sáenz-Ackermann.



Current Stanford undergraduates may apply for a coterminal M.A. degree in Latin American Studies. Stanford undergraduates interested in applying to the LAS coterm program must not submit an online application for graduate study. Instead, they should access the Procedures and Application Forms for Coterminal Students (.pdf), available from the Undergraduate Academic Life website. Stanford coterminal applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and meet the language requirement in the menu link.


To be eligible for a dual degree program with the Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.), School of Law (J.D.), or School of Medicine (M.D.), candidates must apply and be accepted independently to both programs.

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