CLAS partners with 17 universities to allow undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to the field the opportunity to complete both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies via an accelerated program. The standards for admission into the Accelerated Degree program are based on the guidelines established for the MA program. In addition to the MA requirements, successful applicants generally are Latin American Studies majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants to the Accelerated Cooperative Degree Program are not required to submit GRE scores.

Students from our partner schools who intend to enroll in the Accelerated Degree Program should declare interest during their junior year and apply during their senior year. Georgetown undergraduate students should apply during their junior year to ensure the most efficient transition. For updated deadlines and additional information about the application process, please visit the Graduate School Admissions website.

In addition to Georgetown University undergraduates enrolled in the School of Foreign Service or Georgetown College, students at the following seventeen institutions are currently eligible to apply for the Accelerated Cooperative Degree Program:

In order to finish the thirty-six credit program in fifteen to eighteen months, students must take four classes per semester and participate in one summer abroad program (two courses). Two classes (six credits) from the participating undergraduate university count towards the degree. Usually students who finish in fifteen months do not have time for internships or jobs because their schedules are so demanding. The curriculum requires that students take four core classes (States and Societies, Origins and Transformations, Political Economy, and Culture and Power) and choose six classes that count towards their chosen concentration.  All students have one elective and are expected to complete a Capstone course in their final semester.  A typical accelerated schedule looks similar to this:

  • Summer (CLAS in Latin America):
    • Concentration
    • Concentration
  • Fall:
    • States and Societies
    • Origins and Transformations
    • Concentration
    • Concentration
  • Spring:
    • Political Economy
    • Culture and Power
    • Concentration
    • Concentration
  • Transfer Credits:
    • Concentration
    • Elective

Accelerated Degree FAQs

For which classes do my undergraduate credits count?

Undergraduate classes count as elective courses in the Master’s Program, unless approved to count toward the Concentration by the Concentration Advisor. At the end of the Master’s program students must complete a Capstone project (LASP 701). 

When should I declare a concentration?

It is best to declare a concentration when you are entering the program in order to make the best use of your limited time at Georgetown.

When should I do my summer abroad?

Students have the option to complete their summer in Latin America before they start the first semester in the fall or after they have completed their second semester in the spring, or both.

Do I have to take the GRE?

No, students who are accepted into the Accelerated Degree Program do not need to take the GRE as long as they keep their GPA at or above 3.5 on a 4.0 point scale. Remember to declare your intention to participate in the Accelerated Degree Program your junior year so that you can plan which classes will apply for masters credits.