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Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies Tulane University

  • New Orleans, LA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 53%47%
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • $44,950 | $44,950
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 4 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Latin American Studies Degrees

Tulane's Stone Center for Latin American Studies offers one of the world's premier programs for the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. The multidisciplinary M.A. and Ph.D. programs provide basic education and training for both academic and professional careers. In addition, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies offers several Latin American studies degrees, including joint M.A./M.B.A. and M.A./J.D. degrees and joint Ph.D. degree programs with art history and political science.

To earn a degree in the M.A. program in Latin American studies, students are required to complete a total of 30 hours of coursework distributed over a primary concentration and two supporting concentrations, and demonstrate competency in at least one language of the region. Normally, students in the Latin American graduate programs write an M.A. thesis, although a non-thesis option exists. The M.A. program in Latin American studies can be completed in three semesters by students who elect to pursue the non-thesis option, but the Stone Center strongly encourages students to pursue the thesis option and seeks to recruit students who are eager to accept the challenge. These students complete the program in four semesters.

Both joint-degree programs, the M.A./M.B.A and M.A./J.D., require 24 semester hours of coursework in Latin American studies in addition to the requirements of the respective professional school. The Ph.D. requires 54 hours of coursework in a primary concentration and two supporting concentrations, demonstrated proficiency in two foreign languages, general preliminary examinations, and a doctoral dissertation. In addition, the joint Ph.D. program requires completion of disciplinary degree requirements.

Research Facilities and Opportunities in Latin American Studies

The Latin American Library (LAL) at Tulane is one of three free-standing collections of its kind in U.S. universities, and a grand testament to the outstanding Latin American research programs at the university. It has more than 425,000 volumes, with world-renowned collections of Latin American social sciences and humanities, with particular emphasis on history, anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, and cultural studies. The library also has a Latin American photographic archive of 35,000 images and is one of the world's leading repositories of colonial and pre-Columbian pictorials (Native American writing). Its rare book and manuscript collections are extensive and open to students in our Latin American studies school.

Every summer, an average of 25 to 30 graduate students in the Latin American research programs conduct funded field research in Latin America. The Middle American Research Institute (MARI) is dedicated to research and publication in the social sciences about Mexico and Central America, which adds depth of understanding to our students enrolled in programs in Latin American studies.

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine operates research and teaching programs on campus and throughout the tropical world including the Health Office for Latin America in Lima, Peru. Tulane's Schools of Law and Business offer executive master's and doctoral programs in Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Chile for residents of those countries. Tulane offers several programs in Latin American studies and gives students extensive real-world, hands-on research experience.

Tulane's Latin American Studies Program

Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian institution of approximately 12,000 students offering many programs, including several programs in Latin American studies. From its foundation in 1834, Tulane University has furthered a mission of leading study and research in Latin America and has several Latin American research programs for students to engage in.

The Middle American Research Institute was founded in 1924 and the Center for Latin American Studies in 1966. Today, the core faculty of more than 70 Latin Americanists represents the largest contingent of faculty members associated with any department or program at the university. Students and faculty members benefit from superior programs in Latin American studies, the holdings of the Latin American Library, and a network of contacts with public officials, nongovernmental organizations, and academic leaders in Latin America.

The Latin American studies school has received numerous accolades. It is currently one of eighteen Latin American studies programs designated on a competitive basis by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center on Latin America. In addition to the academic program at our Latin American studies school, which includes more than 450 courses plus independent studies, there are frequent lectures, conferences, symposia, and other events of scholarly interest on campus.

Location & Contact

Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies

Tulane University

6823 St Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-5669
United States

Dr. Thomas Reese

Executive Director

Phone: 504-865-5164

Dr. James Huck

Assistant Director, Graduate Programs

Phone: 504-865-5164

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Latin American Studies Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
      Master of Civil Law/Master of Arts (MCL/MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $45
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum B average in undergraduate course work
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$44,950
    • Out-of-state tuition *$44,950
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,980.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans



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