Master of Arts Degree

The Master of Arts degree in Mexican-American Studies is designed for graduate students who wish to pursue advanced study toward the Ph.D. degree, teach in community colleges, secondary or elementary schools, or work as professionals in private agencies or government service.

Students who successfully complete the Master Degree program will have a foundation in the following learning outcomes:

  1. Core research skills for work in community, professional and doctoral arenas.
  2. Public Intellectuals who have a deep understanding of key issues shaping social justice in the Chicana(o) and Latina(o) experience.

Please visit the CSULA catalog for additional information regarding the Masters of Arts Degree.

Admission to the Program 

Prerequisites to admission are a baccalaureate in Mexican-American Studies or a related field, with at least 15 upper division units in Chicano Studies and a minimal grade point average of 2.75 in the last 68 semester units of work attempted at an accredited institution. Students who lack prerequisite courses must complete them with a B (3.0) average or better.


Click on the icon to download a printable version of the admission application. Please mail the complete application to the following address:

Department of Chicana(o) Latina(o) Studies 
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr. KH-C4069
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Requirements for the degree (45 units)

A total of 30 units is required, with at least 18 units in 500-level courses.

Language Requirement 

Candidates for the master’s degree in Mexican-American Studies must demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language before beginning thesis work or attempting the comprehensive examination by one of the following methods: 

  • Passing the Foreign Language Reading Examination (ML 9010) in Spanish as offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and in accordance with the practices of that department or 
  • Passing a 4000-level, three-unit Spanish course with a grade of C or better.  This course may not be used as an elective for the master’s degree.



Department of Chicano Studies Graduates in Ph.D. Programs within the past 5 years

Renee Lemus-Elisaldez, UCR Ethnic Studies

Michaela Lopez-Mares, UCLA Education

Juan Ochoa, U Arizona Gender and Women's Studies*/Sally Casanova Sponsor--Espinoza

Steven Osuna UCSB Sociology */Sally Casanova Sponsor- Hernandez

Karla Padron, U. of Minnesota American Studies*/ Sally Casanova Sponsor- Espinoza

Luis Ramirez, UC Davis Education*/ Sally Casanova Sponsor -Hernandez

Reina Rodriguez U. of Minnesota Feminist Studies */Sally Casanova Sponsor–-Hernandez

Claudia Serrato U. of Washington Anthropology/Feminist Studies

Daniel Topete, U. of Minnesota American Studies*/Sally Casanova Sponsor-Espinoza

Salvador Zarate, UC San Diego Ethnic Studies*/ Sally Casanova Sponsor - Hernandez

Silvia Villanueva UCSB Chicano Studies


Additional Students Mentored by Chicano Studies Faculty Enrolled in Ph.D. Programs

Isabel Martinez, Sally Casanova Sponsor -- Guzman

Rafael Lainez, American University, Sally Casanova Sponsor --Hernandez


MA Students Who Were Recipients of the Alumni Association Scholarship

Karla Padron

Claudia Serrato

Daniel Topete


Graduates from earlier cohorts currently in Ph.D. Programs

Ofelia Huidor, UCLA Education

Hugo Moreno, Claremont Graduate School, Education