What will I learn?

The Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) offers interdisciplinary training leading to the M.A. degree. The broad, interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students a great deal of scope to define and develop their scholarly interests. Students may study abroad for one or more quarters in Spain, Portugal, Latin American, and the Caribbean. Although there is no doctoral program in LAIS, many successful graduates of the M.A. program pursue doctoral study in traditional academic departments such as anthropology, communication, economics, history, literature, or political science, or enter professional schools to study business administration, education, law, public health, or sociology.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (A total of 40.0 units are required for the M.A. program)

Tuition fees
US$15,102.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September, October 2022


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a paper-based TEOFL score of 550.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCSB, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university prior to the quarter for which admission is sought.

TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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