Application Information

Applying for the MA in Latin American Studies

Please note: there are two separate deadlines and application processes for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission. Please follow the directions below carefully according to the term for which you would like to appy.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2021 admission is November 2, 2020Candidates are required to complete an online university application via Cal State Apply as well as a program application that must be submitted directly to the LAS Program. Application materials are available below:

The deadline to apply for Fall 2021 admission is April 15, 2021. Candidates are required to complete an online application via Cal State Apply which includes portions for both the university and LAS admissions. All application materials are submitted via Cal State Apply. A link to the application is listed below:

Students must be admitted by the University to be eligible for admission to the Latin American Studies Program. For more information on graduate admissions to the university please visit the Graduate Admission webpage.


Latin American Studies Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.  At least one letter must come from a professor or an individual capable of evaluating the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study. 

All applicants must also submit a statement of purpose essay, 500-750 words in length, stating the applicant's purpose in applying for graduate study, any special areas of interest, plans for future occupation or profession and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating the applicant's preparation and aptitude for graduate study at CSULA.

Admission to the Latin American Studies program will be based on evaluation of the application letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and a statement of purpose. Submission of a writing sample is optional.