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Financial Support

Successful applicants are guaranteed competitive funding support: a minimum of two teaching assistantships (approximately $5,925 per assistantship); students with strong qualifications will also receive a top-up scholarship (amounts range from $1000 to 10 000). Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (worth $5000 per semester); the deadline to apply is at the end of October. The School of Languages and Literatures considers the teaching experience it offers to its graduate students an important part of their professional preparation. All students receive training in pedagogy at the beginning of the semester, and they have an opportunity to attend various group seminars provided by Teaching Support Services. When they fulfill the requirements, they receive a Teaching Development Program Passport. Click this link for the (LINK) --> Teaching Development Program Passport.

Travel Grant

Student Financial Services has several travel grant option student can apply for. See details about each grant on their website.

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the LACS MA program is the equivalent of an Honours degree from a recognized institution with at least a high second-class standing (78% or higher) in the last year of study. Preference will be given to students who have taken upper-level undergraduate courses in areas such as Latin American and Caribbean history, society, politics, development, literature, art, languages, and music. A reading knowledge of Spanish will be required. Students wishing to enter the program normally do so in September.

Documents Required for Admission

The following documents must accompany your request for admission:

  •  Click this link for the official application form.
  • A detailed up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page statement of research (letter of intent) stating your reasons for applying to this program.
  • A sample of writing that displays your aptitude for research and analytical thinking (app. 2,500 words).
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Applications received by February 15, will be considered in the first round of selections for fall entry; however applications received at other times will be considered as well. It is advised that international students apply by February 15, as the application and processing takes additional time. 

All documentation must be uploaded through WebAdvisor. 

Additional Information

For additional information, please write by email or regular mail to the following addresses:

Gordana Yovanovich, Graduate Co-ordinator

or Bethany Presley, Grad Program Assistant


M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
School of Languages and Literatures
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON
N1G 2W1