The Graduate Program in Latin American and Iberian studies at UCSB offers interdisciplinary training leading to a Master of Arts degree. The program is designed for students wishing to acquire a deeper knowledge of the region from more than one disciplinary angle within the humanities and social sciences. Many successful graduates work in the education sector, in nonprofit organizations or enter professional schools to study business administration, law, or public health. Others pursue doctoral studies in traditional academic departments such as anthropology, education, history, literature, or sociology, and make academic careers. The broad, interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students a great deal of scope to define and develop special interests.

Mailing Address

Latin American and Iberian Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Phelps Hall, Room 4206
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4150


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-2131

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Only:

  • January 10, 2024 (by 11:59 PM PST)

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  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • Writing Sample in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, approximately 15-30 pages double-spaced (submitted in the online application)
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.