General Admission Procedures
The Combined Latin American and Caribbean Studies M.A./International Relations Ph.D. pathway allows qualified graduate students to pursue graduate degrees in both areas simultaneously rather than sequentially. Students must fulfill the requirements for both programs, and up to 36 credits completed as part of the M.A. in MALACS will be counted toward the 75 credit Ph.D. in International Relations.
To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission.
1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution for higher education (or equivalent);
2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for the last two years of undergraduate work and/or a GPA of 3.5 on any previous graduate work;
3. Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores;
4. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English and who have not obtained a degree from an English-speaking academic institution are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL (equivalent to 575 on the paper-based version) or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
Although admissions decisions typically are made in the spring, decisions for students who have not yet received their bachelor’s degree will be conditional, pending confirmation of the B.A. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. All applications are subject to review by the members of the Department of Politics and International Relations and the MALACS admissions committee.
To be accepted into this pathway, students must submit an application to the Ph.D. in International Relations with a sub-plan for an M.A. in LACS. This designation will appear in the menu of programs in the graduate application. The application must be submitted by January 15 in the year in which they wish to begin their studies.
The following documents must be submitted and will be reviewed by the Admissions Committees from both units.
The following must be submitted as part of the on-line application:
1. Online application and application fee;
2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework;
3. Official GRE scores;
4. Official TOEFL scores, if applicable.
5. A statement of research interests, including reasons for seeking the M.A./Ph.D., future career goals, and a summary of scholarly preparation for this pathway;
6. Three letters of reference from academic sources or others able to judge academic abilities and potential; and
7. A curriculum vitae.