What will I learn?

Created in 1969, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is the oldest graduate program in Chicana/o studies in the country and only one of five programs in Chicana/o Studies in California today. Rooted in social justice principles, our interdisciplinary program prepares students to critically examine and address intellectual traditions and contemporary issues resulting from intersections in race, ethnicity, class, and gender in Chicanx-Latinx communities. We offer an MA degree with three areas of emphasis: education, policy, and comparative ethnic studies. Our graduates become leaders in the fields of teaching, social services, policy, health care, government and community service and pursue doctorates in Chicana/o Studies, Ethnic Studies and other academic fields.

MA - Chicana and Chicano Studies, specialization in Comparative Ethnic Studies

The Comparative Ethnic Studies specialization is designed to prepare students for doctoral study in Chicana/o Studies, Ethnic Studies and other academic fields. In addition to courses in Chicana and Chicano Studies, students may take courses from other areas of Ethnic Studies, such as African American Studies and Asian American Studies, so as to develop strengths in several areas of Ethnic Studies.

MA - Chicana and Chicano Studies, specialization in Education

The Education specialization is intended to prepare students for effective work in a number of fields requiring expertise in issues relevant to Chicanx and Latinx education. Among the most critical areas within this emphasis is the analysis of the K-12 educational system and the development of methods for training competent professionals to work with these communities.

MA - Chicana and Chicano Studies, specialization in Policy Studies

The Policy Studies specialization is designed to provide students with a strong background in policy analysis and development as they relate to the Chicanx and Latinx community. The intent of this specialization is to prepare students to apply a Chicanx and Latinx perspective to the development and implementation of contemporary policies that address the needs of this and other communities.

Majors

  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Education
  • Policy Studies

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 units)

Tuition fees
USD $9,286 per year for 6.1 or more units; Non-Resident Fees are charged an additional $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Social Sciences

Washington Square Hall 103,

SAN JOSE,

California,

95192, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited and approved institution from a foreign country, or the completion of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Hold a GPA of at least 2.5 (from the 0.0-4.0 U.S. grading scale) in the last degree completed, or a GPA of 2.5 in the last two years of full-time study. Good academic standing at the last institution attended. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper Based), 213 (Computer Based); 80 (Internet Based); IELTS score 6.5; PTE: 53.

For international students

U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited, and approved institution from a country outside of the U.S. A 2.5 GPA (from the 0.0-4.0 U.S. grading scale) in the last degree completed or a 2.5 GPA in the last two years of full-time study.

English Language Proficiency: IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL – 80 (IBT), paper based – 550, Computer based – 213; Pearson Test of English (PTE) – 53.

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

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