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Mexican American Studies (MS) 
Program Description

The Master of Science in Mexican American Studies is designed to be an applied degree. Students choose a particular area of concentration within one of the following: Latina/o Health and Wellness, Historical and Cultural Studies, and Critical Education and Migration Studies. All students take several core courses designed to provide the breadth of knowledge necessary for the understanding of key issues within the discipline.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Mexican American Studies -

The Department of Mexican American Studies is committed to contemporary applied public policy research on Mexican Americans. As the leading public policy research center addressing issues of concern to this minority group in Arizona, the Department works collaboratively with key community agencies in promoting leadership and empowerment of Mexican Americans within the state and the nation. The Department achieves these goals through its applied research agenda, through its publications, and through the comprehensive curriculum it offers students at the University of Arizona. As an intellectual center, it disseminates information to a broad audience, which includes elected officials, educators, students, policy makers and other researchers.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
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Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Indira Selene Arce
Graduate Program Coordinator
Indira Selene Arce
Director of Graduate Studies
Patrisia C Gonzales
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work (last 60 units) is the minimum requirement for admission the our program.

Statement of Intent: (Single-spaced, two-to-three pages) This statement should include professional plans, statement of interest in the M.S. program, and background in Mexican American Studies.

Writing Sample: A 10 - 20 page scholarly paper that demonstrates your mastery of the subject and a clear, cogent writing style.

Three Letters of Recommendation, preferably from former professors or professionals directly acquainted with your work and scholarship. Letters of recommendation form outside the academy may be given less weight in the final analysis). These letters should be current (no more than six months old). They must be on official letterhead. Please have your recommenders send their letters to the Department of Mexican American Studies.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume.

One Official Transcript from each college-level schools you have attended.

Official GRE Scores, scores may be electronically submitted directly to the University of Arizona Graduate College using institutional code 4832. No subject code is necessary.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Research and Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Tuition Scholarships on competitive basis

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 33
Core coursework:

MAS 508 The Mexican American: Cultural Perspectives
MAS 509 Mexican Immigration
MAS 525 Topics in Latino Health
MAS 560 Chicano Historical Thought
MAS 580a Advanced Research Methods on Latinos
MAS 587 Chicana Gender Perspectives

Language requirements:
Other requirements:

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 13 May 2014