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.
The Department of Mexican American Studies (MAS) at the University of Arizona offers interdisciplinary degree programs designed to study, recover and disseminate knowledge of the history, culture, and intellectual legacy of Chicanx, Mexican, Indigenous, and Latinx peoples in the United States and across the Américas. The Mexican American Studies program does this through decolonial epistemologies, pedagogies, and scholarship located at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We consider social change imperative for the empowerment of Chicanx, Mexican, Indigenous, and Latinx populations who are disproportionately impacted by legacies of colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and their contemporary manifestations.
As the leading intellectual and advocacy institution in Arizona, the Department of Mexican American Studies contributes to the knowledge about, and produced by Chicanx, Mexican, Indigenous, and Latinx populations, while engaging, sharing, and recommending public policy positions that are relevant to these communities, such as issues related to public health/wellness, (im)migration, the U.S.-Mexico border, education, social justice, transborder organizing, Latinx urbanization, Indigenous systems of healing, environmental and food justice, criminal justice and judicial system to educators, students, communities, elected officials, policy makers, media, and other stakeholders as a process of undoing systemic racism and exclusion.
MAS at the University of Arizona is active in the Mexican American Studies struggle and is firmly committed to training future generations of scholars whose research is rooted in social justice. The department works collaboratively with community organizations to address issues and produce knowledge benefiting historically marginalized communities in the U.S. and transnationally.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
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.
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. In response to COVID-19, GRE admission tests have been waived for Fall 2021 applicants.
Required test(s): GRE
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7
Research and Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Tuition Scholarships on competitive basis
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Minumum credits: 33
MAS 508 The Mexican American: Cultural Perspectives
MAS 509 Mexican Immigration
MAS 525 Topics in Latino Health
MAS 566 Chicana Decolonial Theory
MAS 580a Advanced Research Methods on Latinos
MAS Course based on student's specialization
Language requirements: Yes
MAS Elective Options
Latina/o Health and Wellness
MAS 505 Traditional Indian Medicine: Health, Healing and Well Being
MAS 530 Latina/o Adolescence
MAS 535 Mexican Traditional Medicine: An Overview of Indigenous Curing Cultures (3)
ANTH 536a Medical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 536b Ethnomedicine (3)
ANTH 571a Applied Medical Anthropology in Western Contexts (3)
ANTH 571b Applied Medical Anthropology in Western Contexts (3)
HPS 531 Contemporary Health Issues and Research (3)
HPS 535 Multicultural Health Beliefs (3)
PHPM 570 Issues and Trends in Pubic Health (3)
EPID 573a Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
BIOS 576a Biostatics in Public Health (3)
HPS 577 Social/Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
EPID 615a Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (3)
EPID 670 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)
PSY 507a Statistical Methods in Psychological Research (3)
PSY 564 Methods in Psychosocial Research (3)
PSY 584 Advanced Health Psychology (3)
PSY 597a Statistical Modeling for Psychological Research (3)
PSY 597d Program Evaluation (3)
SOC 516 Health, Ethics, and Public Policy (3)
Historical and Cultural
MAS 585 Mexicana/Chicana Women’s History (3)
MAS 595g Public History in Mexican American Communities (3)
MAS 596N Hemispheric Indigenous Consciousness (3)
ANTH 583 Sociolinguistics (3)
ANTH 604 Power and Violence in Central America and Mexico (3)
ANTH 605 Qualitative Research Methods & Proposal Writing (3)
ANTH 613 Culture and Power (3)
HIST 546 History of Arizona and the Southwest (3)
HIST 552 American Ethnic History (3)
HIST 567 Contemporary Latin America (3)
HIST 695a Advanced Studies in U.S. History (3)
HIST 695b Advanced Studies in Latin American History (3)
HIST 696c Twentieth Century U.S. History (3)
HIST 696j Latin America: Modern Period (3)
POL 529 The U.S.-Mexican Borderlands in Comparative Perspective (3)
SPAN 574 Language in the Mexican American Experience (3)
GWS 503 Latina Feminisms in the Americas (3)
GWS 515 Chicana/o Literary & Historical Recovery Projects (3)
Critical Education and Migration Studies
MAS 565 Critical Race Theories for Policy and Practice (3)
MAS 570 The Feminization of Migration: Global Perspectives
MAS 575a Education of Latina/os (3)
LRC 504 Language and Culture in Education (3)
LRC 510 Foundation of Language Minority Education (3)
LRC 512 Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society (3)
LRC 514 Reading and Writing in Bilingual and Second Language Settings (3)
LRC 516 Structured English Foundations (3)
LRC 528 Curriculum and Instruction in Bilingual and Second Language Settings (3)
LRC 595E Anthropology and Education (3)
LRC 678 Contemporary American Indian Education and Research (3)
TTE 503 Teacher Leadership and School Change (3)
TTE 537 Equity in Schools and Society (3)
TTE 545 Curriculum Theory and Policy (3)
TTE 550 School Reform in America (3)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.