Interdisciplinary MA Programs

An MA from CLACS is your next step in furthering a career related to Latin America or the Caribbean. Rigorous academic training and professional development opportunities prepare students to be leaders in academia and in the public and private sectors.

Graduate study at CLACS is a unique experience: students thrive from unparalleled access to world-renowned scholars while pursuing completely customized degrees in a city like no other.

The following Degrees and Programs are available at CLACS:

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Degrees Offered

Masters Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Masters' Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is a 32-point, three-semester program that includes: a two-course core sequence in methods and approaches to Latin American and Caribbean Studies; mentored field research in the summer between the 2nd and 3rd semesters leading to the Master Project. Through 24 points (6 courses) of electives, students tailor their course of study to their interests. Students may enroll in departments across NYU and in selected courses at Columbia University. For more information on CLACS, please call 212-998-8687 or email clacs.nyu@gmail.com

Joint Degree in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The JLAC degree is designed to prepare students for careers as professional newspaper, magazine or broadcast journalists with a special background on Latin America and the Caribbean. This 46-point program includes: a specialized selection of courses in Journalism totaling 22 points; a sequence of courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies totaling 24 points; and a Master Project. Students must be formally admitted to both programs. For more information on Journalism, please call 212-998-7993 or visit the Journalism website.

Joint Programs with Museum Studies

Latin American Studies with a Concentration in Museum Studies
The Masters' in Latin American and Caribbean studies with Concentration in Museum Studies is awarded after satisfactory completion of 36 points (20 in CLACS, 16 in Museum Studies), a Major Project, and a full summer internship in a museum or cultural institution. This concentration is aimed primarily at those who are or will be museum professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean or are specializing in collections from these areas in U.S. museums. The program provides professional skills and internship opportunities in museum studies, as well as substantive academic knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information on Museum Studies programs, please email museum.studies@nyu.edu or visit the Museum Studies website.

Latin American Studies with a Certificate in Museum Studies
The MA degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies with the certificate in museum studies is awarded after satisfactory completion of 48 points (32 in CLACS and 24 in museum studies), a Major Project, and a full summer internship in a museum or cultural institution. Eight points from museum studies may be used toward the required 32 points in CLACS. For more information on Museum Studies programs, please email museum.studies@nyu.edu.

Dual Degree Program (M.A./J.D.) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Law

The Dual Degree Program (M.A./J.D.) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Law provides training in foreign cultures to prepare law students for international careers and for dealing with Latin American and Caribbean businesses and clients in the United States. Candidates for the Dual Degree Program submit separate applications to the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Law School. Law and GSAS admit applicants independently, on the basis of their usual standards: no special admission standards would apply to dual degree applicants. Applications to the two schools can be made simultaneously, but students already enrolled in their first year at the Law School may also apply to the Graduate School to commence the dual degree program during their second year. The Dual Degree Program can be completed in three to four years with the guidance of advisors from both programs. Students take a total of 94 credits for the two degrees. Students may obtain program details from the appropriate advisor in each school. In GSAS, consult the CLACS office. At the Law School, contact Michelle L. Jeffrey, Director of Academic Services, at 212-998-6020.

Dual Degree Program (M.A./MSLIS)in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Library Science

CICS’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science offers the full Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) in Manhattan. It is housed in the renowned Bobst Library of New York University, an outstanding research facility in the heart of Greenwich Village, overlooking Washington Square. All of our classes are held either on the second floor of Bobst in the Avery Fisher Center, or in the computing classrooms on the lower level. The dual degree allows student to graduate with an MSLIS from the Palmer School, accredited by the American Library Association, and Masters' degree from any department at NYU, including CLACS. For more information, visit the Library Science website.