Ranging from master degree programs to graduate certificates, the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida offers six interdisciplinary plans of study. Our programs provide each student the opportunity to design an individualized academic curriculum that draws on the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and the professional schools. Below is a list of graduate programs offered at the Center.
The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program develops a deep understanding of Latin America, Latinx, and the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary perspective. The degree program enhances students' understanding of an important region of the world and provides training in relevant analytical and problem-solving skills. For specific policies and procedures about the MALAS program, we encourage current and prospective students to review the Graduate Student Handbook.
The Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies may be earned by students pursuing any masters or doctoral program at the University of Florida, or as a stand-alone certificate. It requires 12-15 credit hours of Latin American area studies courses.
The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies/Juris Doctor joint degree program provides an opportunity for students to develop their area and topical expertise in Latin America in combination with the study of law. Candidates for the joint program must meet entrance requirements for and be admitted to both academic units. Students can earn two degrees in approximately one year less than if both degrees were pursued separately.
The Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) degree is focused on training development practitioners who will be able to address development challenges facing poor, resource-rich communities in innovative ways. The program bridges the natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and management. It is a collaboration between the UF Center for Latin American Studies and the UF Center for African Studies and builds on UF's Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) program. For specific policies and procedures about the MDP program, we encourage current and prospective students to review the Program Manual.
An interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development Practice (SDP) is open to Master's and Ph.D. students across campus and requires 12-15 credit hours.
The Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program offers an interdisciplinary certificate and concentration program focused on integrative approaches to conservation and development in Latin America and other tropical regions. The program is open to students enrolled in Master's and Ph.D. programs in TCD's affiliate departments at the University of Florida.