Latin American Studies Master of Arts

About us

Founded in 1962, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Ohio State—home to 90 faculty members representing six colleges and 26 departments—has become a leading promoter of the university’s efforts to internationalize the curriculum, foster multidisciplinary initiatives and increase diversity of perspectives.

Developed and administered by CLAS and first offered in autumn 2010, the Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies requires 30 semester credit hours of coursework for graduation. To be considered for admission, students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, equal to three years university instruction or (near) native fluency.

Intended to be eminently flexible, students choose two thematic or disciplinary concentrations with the guidance of their faculty advisor. In addition to the courses in their concentrations, students must also take a research methodology course and INTSTDS 5640: Globalization in Latin America. To complete the degree students may elect to research and write a thesis or take written and oral exams in their areas of concentration.

This degree is designed to easily fit into existing graduate curriculum, so students have the opportunity to add the MA in Latin American Studies to an existing graduate program as a dual degree.