Note that the Latin American Studies graduate program offers a Master's degree (M.A.) only. There is no PhD in Latin American Studies offered at UCLA.
General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be found at UCLA’s Graduate Division Website.
The deadline to apply to the Latin American Studies interdepartmental graduate program for the academic year beginning in the Fall quarter is December 15.
All materials must be complete before the application is considered.
The following materials are required components of the admission application:
Financial Assistance for Entering Students
- Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for Entering Students. Students submit application for the award along with the online application to the Latin American Studies program. The fellowship offers fees, non-resident tuition (if applicable) and a stipend to qualified applicants. Eligibility: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540.
- Latin American Studies Program fellowships, including Sandra Mabritto fellowships. Amounts vary.
- Information for students with AB540 or DACA status can be found here. The list of 2019-20 funding opportunities for undocumented students can be found here.
Latin American Studies M.A. Program Inquiries:
Telephone: (310) 206-6571
UCLA International Institute
Latin American Studies Graduate Admissions
10256 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
Latin American Studies offers joint degrees with several programs at UCLA. Those concurrent and articulated degree programs allow students to complete both degrees in less time than the sequential completion. Articulated degree programs allow certain number of courses to be applied to both degrees, while articulated degrees do not allow any course overlap. Applicants who would like to pursue both degrees need to submit separate application to each school and be admitted to both programs.
Concurrent Degree Programs:
M.A./Latin American Studies - M.U.R.P./Urban Planning
Danielle Maris Lacob , Graduate Advisor
Department of Urban Planning
3250 Public Affairs Building
M.A./Latin American Studies - M.B.A./ John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management
Jessica Chung, Associate Director, MBA Admissions
Gold Hall, Suite B201
M.A./Latin American Studies - M.L.I.S./Information Studies
Michelle Maye, Graduate Advisor
Department of Information Studies
207 GSE&IS Bldg.
M.A./Latin American Studies-M.P.H./School of Public Health
Sukhwinder Sagoo, Admissions Officer
School of Public Health
16-071 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute
Latin American Studies M.A. Program
10256 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
Telephone: (310) 206-6571
Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database - Search Form
GRAPES is not a fellowship or scholarship, rather it is an extensive database created by UCLA to help graduate students search for funding opportunities from institutions all over the world. Graduate students in need of funding (from all disciplines) are encouraged to become very familiar with the GRAPES database, and to reference it regularly. Funding opportunities stemming directly from UCLA are sometimes limited. With GRAPES, however, graduate students may search for hundreds of potential funding sources from many universities and institutions outside of UCLA.
UCLA Funding Opportunities
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP)
for Incoming Students
This one-year fellowship program provides recipients with a stipend plus tuition (and nonresident supplemental tuition if necessary). The program supports a limited number of entering students pursuing either terminal or professional master's degrees.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540 (eligibility for undocumented AB540 students is effective January 1, 2013). The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study.
Sandra Mabritto Memorial Fellowship
Merit based fellowship for incoming and continuing students, including international students. Amounts vary.
Monica Salinas Summer Research Scholarship for continuing students. Latin American Studies MA students and departmental scholars may apply for the scholarship to conduct research during the summer. Applications available during the Winter quarter.
Graduate students interested in teaching positions are encouraged to subscribe to the TA Marketplace group. Departments that need to fill TA vacancies post job announcements through that group. Students need to be registered in order to have access to the group announcements.
About 90% of our students who actively look for Teaching Assistantships are able to secure them.
Boren Fellowships provide funding for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The fellowship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Maximum awards for the Boren Fellowships are $30,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
The U.S. Department of State funds about 600 students for summer language institutes abroad at various skill levels. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen graduate students. Scholars will complete language coursework as well meeting with a native speaker language partner. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Language levels are classified as Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.
Payne International Development Fellowship
The Payne Fellowship is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program, administered by Howard University, which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The Payne program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and gain employment with USAID in an exciting rewarding career in the Foreign Service. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship and be seeking admission to graduate school for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution. Up to $22,000 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as development, economics, public administration, business administration, global health, agriculture, or environmental science at a U.S.-based institution.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The purpose of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen field. Application deadline is November 1st.
For students seeking housing near UCLA’s campus, there are a number of options provided by the university and by independent housing offices. Incoming students who have recently accepted an offer of admission will be contacted directly by the university via e-mail with details about how to apply for university housing. In general, most graduate students seeking university housing near campus will be competitive for housing agreements in the Weyburn Apartments.
Weyburn Terrace Apartments for Graduate Students
While university housing is not guaranteed, many students in the MA program are able to secure housing in the Weyburn Terrace Apartments next to campus. The Weyburn apartments are located right next to UCLA and are within walking distance of the main campus. In addition, a very convenient university bus route connects Weyburn to the university with shuttles arriving every few minutes.
Weyburn offers individual studio housing and housing for students seeking a roommate. Furnished and unfurnished housing options are both available. For detailed information about rates for Weyburn Terrace housing, please click here.
Parking is available for students who obtain housing in Weyburn Terrace. A parking permit for Weyburn may be applied for during the online application process.
Student housing is not managed by the MA program, however. As stated above, students who have recently committed to UCLA will be contacted by the university directly with information about how to apply for housing.
Non-University Housing Options
There are plenty of non-university housing options for incoming students. Craigslist is an excellent option for many students seeking housing near UCLA. Many UCLA students successfully find housing using websites such as Zuma Housing , Westside Rentals, Apartmentlist, Trulia , ApartmentGuide and Zillow.
Students often utilize Facebook Groups to connect with other students seeking housing in the area around Westwood. Some popular Facebook Groups are: "UCLA Sublets/Apartments," "UCLA Housing and Roommate Search," Be wary of scams, do not click on links that look suspicious (especially in the comment sections).
The neighborhoods that are located in proximity to UCLA and have good bus connection to UCLA include:
A daily parking permit for on campus parking is $13.
Students may also apply for quarterly parking permits, known as orange permits. Commuter permits only secure parking at on-campus locations. Detailed information concerning parking permits including deadlines to apply may be found here. Parking rates for students can be found here.
Students who find off-campus housing may also use the many convenient bus routes that connect UCLA to the greater LA area:
The practicality of commuting to campus using city bus lines will be determined by the distance between the student’s housing and UCLA. While extremely affordable, some students may experience commutes of up to an hour in each direction to and from campus. Students are encouraged to consider all these factors while selecting appropriate housing.
Obtaining California Residency for Tuition Purposes
Out of state students can apply for California residency after completing their first year at UCLA. If approved, students will be able to pay the in-state tuition during their second or any subsequent year at UCLA. For more information, such as required documentation and deadlines to apply please visit the Registrar’s website.
Please note that this information does not apply to international students.
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