How to Apply

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

Prospective students must fill an online application to the University of Illinois Graduate College available at: apply to the University of Illinois Graduate College. Program of Study: MA in Latin American Studies. Master's Application Frequently Asked Questions.

Application priority dates: January 15, 2020. Rolling applications after.

This online graduate application is part of the ApplyYourself Application Network. You will receive a PIN and Password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Your information is transmitted through a secured server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. For more details about the application process and the University of Illinois, please visit the Graduate College application webpage.

Please include:

  • Statement of Purpose, 2 pages, explaining focus and/or research interest.
  • 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.
  • A writing sample (approximately 10 pages or more, for example a class final paper).
  • The scores from your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and, if applicable, your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), must be presented to the University of Illinois. All students regardless of citizenship are screened for English proficiency by the Office of Admissions and Records. If you have not had two or more academic years of full-time instruction at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, prior to the term of enrollment, then you are required to take the TOEFL and have your test results sent to the Office of Admissions and Records before you can be admitted. If you are exempt from the TOEFL, you must take the GRE and have your test results sent to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must provide the University Admissions Officer with a detailed statement of the financial resources that will enable you to live in the US for the duration of your studies at the University of Illinois.

The GRE and TOEFL code numbers for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are 1836. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our MA program in Latin American Studies, there is no GRE or TOEFL code number indicated for this concentration. Please use code number 5199 for the GRE code number for Latin American Studies, which is reserved for those departments that do not have an assigned code number. 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.


You must get a minimum of 550 (paper-based TOEFL test) or 213 (computer-based TOEFL test) to be admitted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You need a TOEFL score of at least 610 (paper) or 253 (computer) to pass out of the required English as a Second Language Placement Test (EPT).

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 Collegeā€ pages of your application. Thank you for your interest in the MA program in Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois. For further questions, please contact CLACS Associate Director, Kasia Szremski at (217) 300-2231 or

Graduate Minor in Latin American Studies

Prerequisites for the minor:

There are no prerequisites for the graduate minor.

The Center does not anticipate a substantial increase in enrollment in required courses. In addition, elective courses satisfying the minor are taught by faculty affiliated with the Center and who are from a wide range of departments and disciplines across campus. Therefore, the Center does not foresee a need to limit enrollment in the minor.

Expected enrollment in the minor:

When approved, we envision initial enrollment of three to five students, which may increase later. However, we do not foresee enrollment exceeding ten students at any given time.

Admission to the minor:

A graduate student who selects Latin American and Caribbean Studies as a minor must get approval from the Center, the administrating unit of the minor, and from his/her home department.

The Center will provide an online admission form to be submitted to the minor's advisor for review (see attached form).

Students will be advised at this time that the 12 graduate credits taken for the Graduate Minor cannot be used towards completion of the student's Masters of PhD. The form will require the student's graduate advisor and program director approval. Applicants must be in good standing in a graduate program at the University of Illinois and should demonstrate an interest in Latin American Studies. Students are encouraged to work closely with the student adviser at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies to design their programs. The minor admission process will be monitored by the Associate Director in charge of academic programming.

Minor Advisor:

The Associate Director will also be assigned the responsibility of advising graduate minor students. She currently serves as the main adviser for our undergraduate minor and majors as well as our current M.A. student in Latin American Studies. She will be the person responsible, with the Director, to monitor the admission process and to advise students enrolled in the minor.