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Graduate Certificate In Latin America Studies

Welcome from the Coordinator

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies. I am Dr. Monica Diaz, the new coordinator for the program. Below are additional details regarding admission deadlines and the program requirements.

The minimum requirements for the Certificate are 15 graduate-level hours (approximately five courses, depending on the course credit hours) in courses with a significant Latin American content and a grade of B or better on each course. These courses must be selected from at least three different academic departments and may include, but are not necessarily limited to the classes listed at the LAS Graduate Certificate Courses link to the right. Upon the completion of coursework, students will take a written exam.

In addition to completing the general application at the main Graduate Admissions site , the Latin American Studies Certificate application requirements are to submit two letters of recommendation, a Goal Statement and your transcripts. The upcoming deadlines are as follows:

  • April 1 for the Summer Semester
  • April 15 for the Fall Semester
  • November 15 for the Spring Semester

For a list of graduate-level courses appropriate to this certificate program, please click here.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Dr. Monica Diaz
Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies and Undergraduate Latin American Studies Minor
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies offered by the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) of Georgia State University attests to the recipient's knowledge and understanding of Latin American culture, economy, history, and politics, as well as to his or her competence in one or more of the principal languages of the region. Its purpose is to give students a broad knowledge of Latin America that will help prepare them to work or study in Latin America or to work with individuals and groups of Latino or Latin American origin in the United States.

The Certificate is particularly well suited to students pursuing graduate degrees in Anthropology, Art History, Business, History, Modern Languages, Political Science, or Sociology, who have a concentration or a definite interest in Latin American issues or who want to expand their understanding of the region by taking related course work. It is also well suited to individuals who desire to enhance their marketability and skills in relation to a region whose economy and culture have become increasingly important to the United States in recent years. The Certificate may be earned alone or in conjunction with a graduate program in one of the academic departments of Georgia State University; courses included in an academic program may be used for credit toward a Certificate. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required for acceptance into the Certificate program.

For additional information, please visit the Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies website


Please note the following information provided in compliance with Department of Education regulations:

Program costs*
Graduate tuition per credit hour:
In-State: $336.00
Out-of-State: $1,200.00

Undergraduate tuition per credit hour:
In-State: $251.20
Out-of-State: $858.20

Fees and other costs:
Mandatory student fees per term: $1,064.00
Books and supplies per term: $500.00
Room and board per term: $4613.00

Completion time: 2-3 semesters

*All figures are estimates only and subject to change without notice.

Occupations by names and Standard of Classification (SOC) codes that the program begins to prepare students to enter