Master’s Accelerator

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) offers an interdisciplinary MA program to students interested in exploring and advancing knowledge in the histories, cultures, and social, political and economic affairs of the region. Our program is distinguished by its quality and long term national recognition, facilitating graduate research at home and abroad, sponsoring events that promote transcultural competence, and development of outreach resources to regional educators.

With more than 100 core, affiliate, and research faculty members associated with the Center, MA students will deepen their knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean that could be matched to professional training; serve as a bridge to disciplinary-based doctoral work; or stand on its own for careers that require advanced knowledge of the region. Our graduate students produce impactful contributions that are representative of the vitality of Latin American scholarship. At KU they will have access to our robust tradition of research and professional development, providing a thesis option for those interested in a future academic career and a non-thesis option for those seeking professional employment.

Accelerator Admission Details

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 (no part score below 6.0) 6.0 (no part score below 5.5)
TOEFL IBT 84 (no part score below 23 except speaking) 70 (no part score below 19 except speaking)
GRE Required Yes No
Program Start Date Spring or Fall Spring or Fall

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:

Preference for social science or humanities background, but all four-year bachelor’s degrees considered.


Additional entry requirements:

Language proficiency in your regional/specialty area upon completion of Master’s degree – we recommend you have at least elementary language skills upon starting the Master’s Accelerator or it may take longer to complete your degree.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies requires four semesters or equivalent of language study in your regional/specialty academic area.

Sample MAP Coursework

  • Approaches to International Studies (closed course)
  • Students will choose from a list of Area Studies courses for the program in which they wish to study

Progression Details

Once students successfully complete their MAP curriculum and meet the progression requirements for their degree, students progress into their master’s degree. They will bring 6 or 9 credits with them that count towards the total number of credits required for their degree. Students will pay KU’s standard cost per credit hour for the duration of their degree. The average graduate student will take 9-12 credits per semester, based on workload, course availability, and number of credits needed. Direct MAP students are enrolled in their degree program from the start and do not need to meet any requirements to progress.

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6
Progression Requirements Maintain status Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
No grade lower than a B
Total credits required for degree: