General Application Information
The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) serves as the official clearinghouse for all required official admissions documents. Applicants should review GIAC's information pages.Requirements for graduate applicants (U.S. citizen/Permanent Resident and International):
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
- A minimum of 18 hours Latin American content coursework (or relevant experience living and/or working in Latin America)
- GRE score (verbal and quantitative portions)
- GPA of 3.25 recommended
- Reading and speaking knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese
- PhD applicants must have completed a master's degree before admission to the PhD program, but may submit an application before the master's degree is formally granted if the degree will be awarded before entering the PhD program.
- International applicants must submit a TOEFL score. A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to UT Austin. Information concerning TOEFL schedules and test centers may be obtained from U.S. consulates or binational cultural centers in many countries or from the TOEFL website.
Please note that a complete application is a two-step proess. First, the application form must be submitted through ApplyTexas.org. Afterwards, application materials should be submitted through the MyStatus portal.
For this reason, applications are highly encouraged to submit the application form by November 15 so recommenders have ample time to receive information regarding letter submission. ALL application materials (personal statement, test scores, résumé, letters, etc.) must be received by December 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Step 1: Application Submission
- Submit the Official Application Form through ApplyTexas.org (recommended by November 15). After you submit your application, it loads into our system. Usually within one to two days, you will be sent an e-mail containing your UT EID and password. This UT EID is your unique identifier at UT Austin and you will use your EID to upload additional materials and check the status of your application.
- Application fee: U.S. $65.00 for U.S. citizen/permanent resident or U.S. $90.00 for international applicants. Refer to GIAC's How To page for information on paying the application fee.
- Letters of recommendation: In the online application, you will be asked to list the names and e-mail addresses of the three people you wish to recommend you for admission. After submitting your application, an e-mail will be sent to each recommender instructing them to visit a website, complete a questionnaire, and upload a letter. The letters will be automatically routed to the department. Once you have submitted your application, you can use the MyStatus site to resend the Request for Reference e-mail to your recommenders, supply an alternate e-mail, add a new recommender, or revise your FERPA (right to view) status from retained to waived.
Step 2: Materials Submission (Deadline: December 1)
After you have submitted your application, use the MyStatus site to upload the following materials.
- Personal statement: Please state, in 3–4 double-spaced pages, your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Latin American studies. Be sure to include: 1) your academic background and current interests in Latin American studies; 2) your plan of study within the program, to the best of your current knowledge; 3) 2–3 professors that could serve as your potential supervisor(s) (see below for details); 4) any experience (work, travel, etc.) outside of academia that has helped prepare you for this course of study; 5) your plan and goals upon completion of the degree.
- Identifying Potential Supervisor: Before submitting application materials, you are highly encouraged to reach out to LLILAS Faculty to discuss your research interests. In your personal statement, please identify 2–3 professors that could serve as your potential supervisor. NOTE: We will contact who you indicate to discuss your application materials.
- CV or résumé
- Official transcripts (PDF format) from every college or university attended. Refer to GIAC's How To page for information on uploading transcripts.
- Official GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) test scores: The generic code used by UT and LLILAS for ETS reporting is 6882. Please visit the ETS GRE website or the ETS TOEFL website for information on score submission. Photocopies of GRE or TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
- Writing sample (PhD applicants only): Under the miscellaneous documents section, please submit a writing sample (approximately 6,000–8,000 words). We prefer a chapter of your master's thesis, but a term paper or article will also be accepted.
All applications and required materials are submitted online. Please do not send hard copies of required application materials, including letters of recommendation, directly to LLILAS or GIAC as this may delay completion of your application. Please do not send any additional materials with your application. We are unable to return original copies of documents sent to the department.
Dual Degree Program Applicant Instructions
In addition to all of the above, contact the partner program for their application instructions and deadlines. Application deadlines vary; however, December 1st is the application deadline for all LLILAS degree programs.
Please complete the dual degree application for admission to a dual degree program. Do not submit a separate application for each program.
Refer to the following dual degree codes when completing your application:
Latin American Studies/Business Administration (MA/MBA) – 659000
Latin American Studies/Community and Regional Planning (MA/MSCRP) – 659801
Latin American Studies/Communication Studies (MA/MA) – 624120
Latin American Studies/Global Policy Studies (MA/MGPS) – 647320
Latin American Studies/Information Studies (MA/MS) – 653100
Latin American Studies/Journalism (MA/MA) – 624210
Latin American Studies/Law (MA/JD) – 760560
Latin American Studies/Public Affairs (MA/MPAff) – 660000
Latin American Studies/Radio-Television-Film (MA/MA) – 624330
Latin American Studies/Social Work (MA/MSSW) – 691500
Both the Latin American Studies Admissions Committee and the corresponding committee of the professional program must accept a student for admission to the dual degree program. The GRE is required of all dual degree applicants as well as the LSAT for Law and the GMAT for the Graduate School of Business.
After You Apply
Deadline for receipt of a complete application (including the official application form and fee, personal statement, résumé or CV, transcripts, test scores, and all recommendation letters) is December 1st.
After you have applied for admission, it is your responsibility to monitor your application status and ensure that all materials documents are successfully uploaded by the designated deadline. You may check online to see what materials have been received by the admissions office at the MyStatus website.
The LLILAS Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all complete applications. The Committee will do a thorough review of your qualifications and make a decision. The department forwards admission recommendations to the graduate dean for approval. The Graduate School reserves the right to make the final admission decision.
As soon as the official decision has been made on your application, it will be reflected in the online MyStatus check. You may receive notification of the graduate program's recommended decision earlier, but all official decisions will be recorded officially by GIAC.
NOTE: These Web pages provide general information as a courtesy to viewers. The catalog of the University (General Information, The Undergraduate Catalog, The Graduate Catalog, and The Law School Catalog) is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The university reserves the right to change the requirements given in the catalog at any time.
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