Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) MA | College of Arts

Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) MA

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About the Program 

The University of Guelph offers the only interdisciplinary Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Master's program in Canada. With a faculty comprised of internationaly renowned specialists, and the option to research and study abroad, the program provides graduate students with unique opportunities for personal growth and professional development. LACS is a bilingual program that can be done in either English or Spanish.

Hear from our MA students:

  • The University of Guelph has a large concentration of internationally renowned Latin American specialists (20) from a wide variety of disciplines. FACULTY PROFILES
  • The program is flexible and dynamic, allowing students to explore a wide variety of topics and methodologies. See some past theses and major research paper topics.
  • Students have the opportunity to pursue their MA in LACS also in collaboration with International Development Studies (IDS). Latin American­–wide experience with international development is an excellent case study for development in other parts of the world. International Development Webpage
  • The LACS program prepares students for a variety of jobs that require critical and creative thinking, and the ability to formulate and carry out a research plan. Seminar-style teaching enhances students’ communication, leadership and interpersonal skills. Link to Career Opportunities
  • LACS students have the opportunity to study abroad and conduct field research in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Link to LACS Study Abroad
  • LACS students receive extensive teaching experience with significant pedagogical training. After completing all the degree requirements, students receive both a Master’s degree and a College of Arts Certificate in Teaching. Pedagogical training and teaching experience give students a better chance of getting into Teacher´s Colleges. Teachers who have an MA get higher pay and have a better chance of advancing in the administrative stream.
  • Students can complete the Master’s program in 3 semesters.
  • Guelph LACS students have had excellent acceptance rates into Ph.D. programs and professional schools. Link to LACS PHD programs
  • The University of Guelph offers excellent funding opportunities. Successful applicants are guaranteed competitive funding support: a minimum of two Graduate Teaching Assistantships (approximately $5837.78 per assistantship x 2 = $11,675.56). Students with strong qualifications will also receive a competitively awarded top-up scholarship in amounts which range from $1,000 to $20,000. By applying to the program candidates are automatically considered for the two GTA positions and for scholarships; there is no need to apply separately for funding. Students who are considering offers from other universities are asked to give us the opportunity to match competing funding packages. Link to Graduate Funding
  • Letter of Intent is a very important piece of information in one´s application dossier. It allows applicants to demonstrate personality, communication skills, and most importantly, their ability to envision a research project. Link to Letter of intent document
  • Research opportunities
  • Program of Study
lacs student testimonials

M.A.  in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, faculty and student testimonials.


U of Guelph graduate student Oscar Lopez Hernandez (MA Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

Prospective students are encouraged to contact or meet with the coordinator Gordana Yovanovich who may be contacted at