Successful candidates for admission to the MA in Latin American Studies at SFS will have completed at least six semesters of lower-division Spanish or Portuguese with a C or better, or the equivalent of Georgetown’s Advanced II level in either language. Native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese must meet Georgetown’s standards for English language proficiency.

CLAS places great value on such skills as the ability to adapt to new cultures, develop and manage projects, work independently, overcome language barriers, and leverage limited resources. Accordingly, CLAS strongly encourages the application of Returned Peace Corps volunteers, Jesuit Volunteers, and Fulbright Scholars to its MA program.

CLAS considers all elements of a candidate’s application when making admissions decisions. GRE scores and college grades are considered alongside the candidate’s experience, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. CLAS’ evaluation of an applicant is based on the combined strength of all elements of the application.

Applicants to the MA program must submit:

  • The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) online application.
  • Official transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution in which the applicant has been enrolled (hard copies; submitted by mail to GSAS).
  • A 500-word personal statement describing the applicant’s academic interests and future goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation, a minimum of two of which are from professors or others who can speak to the applicant’s academic strengths. If necessary, the third letter may be from a professional contact. Any problems obtaining letters from academic references should be addressed in an applicant’s personal statement.
  • Test scores (GRE or TOEFL as appropriate).
  • The CLAS supplementary data form: download the form from the GSAS website, then complete and upload this form to the relevant section of the GSAS online application.
  • The GRE is required of all applicants. Applicants who completed undergraduate work in a non-English speaking environment must achieve a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score.

All application materials must be submitted online, with the exception of the applicant’s official transcripts, which must be submitted in hard copy to the Graduate School. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will use the Graduate School’s online application tool. The Graduate School’s Application Procedures website features up-to-date information about the application process. Questions about the status of pending graduate applications should be directed to the Graduate School at

Transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

International Applicants

English language proficiency is required of all candidates for the MA in Latin American Studies. Information about Georgetown University’s standards of English language proficiency for graduate students is available on the website of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. International applicants can also find important information about Scholarships and Financial Aid as well as Visas and Financial Certification on the Graduate School’s website.

Immigration and travel questions as well as any other issues faced by an international applicant can be addressed by Georgetown’s Office of International Programs (OIP). The International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) at OIP exists to help international students through the application process and assist them with anything they may need once on campus. International students are encourage to submit application materials early in order to allow ample time for the funding search. Please see below for more details about application fee refunds for early applicants.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for the fall semester (prioritized consideration for scholarships) is January 15th and the final deadline is April 1st. The application deadline for the spring semester is November 1st.

Fee Refunds and Waivers

The standard application fee for the program is $90. However, many students qualify to have the application fee waived or refunded.

All applicants who submit their complete applications by December 1 will have their application fee refunded. To qualify, applicants must submit their complete application, including all letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts, by midnight on December 1. These applicants will pay the $90 application fee up-front and then receive a refund in late December or early January.

Additionally, the following groups of applicants are eligible for fee waivers (and do not need to meet the early December 1 deadline):

  • Rangel Finalists and Fellows
  • Pickering Finalists and Fellows

To arrange for your fee waiver, contact Julie McMurtry and Gabriela Narvaez no later than January 2 to verify your eligibility.