Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

         

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program at the University of Florida builds capacities and connections for engaged work throughout the region. Building on two gateway seminars, MALAS students integrate courses from the humanities, social and natural sciences, and professional schools to develop individual programs of study. A student's intellectual journey is further enriched via dialogue among faculty and students with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and identities. 


 

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The MALAS program offers an individualized, interdisciplinary plan of study for each student. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please complete our Prospective Student form!

The Associate Director and Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Susan Paulson, will reach out to you with more information.


Choose From 12 Different Specializations

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Andean Studies
Brazilian Studies
Caribbean Studies
Indigenous Studies

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International Communication
Gender, Sexuality and Racialization
Development Studies and Economic Analysis
Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas

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Arts, Literature and Culture
Latin American Business Environment
Tropical Conservation and Development
Latinx Studies, Migration & Transnational Studies

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Meredith Fensom

M.A. Latin American Studies, 2004

My degree in Latin American Studies has made me a unique candidate with a well-rounded view of the continent. My MALAS degree has given me knowledge of the history, political structure, and culture that shape the countries and affect how they conduct business. Also, the language requirements encouraged me to learn Brazilian Portuguese which has set me apart from other candidates and has been very helpful when working with the Brazilian government.

What Our Alumni Say

Wendy Pond

M.A. Latin American Studies, 2006

My MALAS degree and related internships gave me the foothold into my current career. While in the MALAS program I interned at the State Department. I didn’t know it at the time, but that internship introduced me to two of my future bosses. When I graduated from the MALAS program, I immediately moved to Washington, D.C. to start the Hispanic Division Huntington Fellowship Program at the Library of Congress. I certainly would not have secured that fellowship except for my degree and thesis research experience.

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Ed Johnson

M.A. Latin American Studies / MBA, 2006

When I was hired by Deloitte, they were excited about my international background and my experience in Latin America. Deloitte was definitely interested in my ability to speak Portuguese and knowledge of Brazil and Latin America. The research you do as a student is pretty similar to consulting. I continuously have to conduct research and use my findings to come up with the best solutions to my clients’ problems.

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Meredith Fensom

M.A. Latin American Studies, 2004

My degree in Latin American Studies has made me a unique candidate with a well-rounded view of the continent. My MALAS degree has given me knowledge of the history, political structure, and culture that shape the countries and affect how they conduct business. Also, the language requirements encouraged me to learn Brazilian Portuguese which has set me apart from other candidates and has been very helpful when working with the Brazilian government.

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