Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

Prospective students must fill out an online application to the University of Illinois Graduate College available at: apply to the University of Illinois Graduate College

Application priority dates: December 1st, 2022. Rolling applications after.

Required Application Materials include:

  • Personal Statement 2 pages explaining your background and academic history.
  • Statement of Purpose 2 pages explaining what you hope to accomplish during your time as an MA student.
  • Letters of Reference from three people who know you well and who can evaluate your potential for advanced study. These letters can be attached to the online application or submitted in paper to the Graduate College.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges you have attended or are attending should be sent in a sealed envelope directly to the Center.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students.

Optional Materials:

  • Writing sample

The TOEFL code for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836. Use code number 99 for the TOEFL code number for Latin American Studies, which is reserved for those departments that do not have an assigned code number.

Please take care in putting together your application materials and in following the guidelines described in the "Instructions for the Application for Admission to the Graduate College” pages of your application. For further questions, please contact CLACS Associate Director, Kasia Szremski at (217) 300-2231 or
Thank you for your interest in the MA program in Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois!