In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, an undergraduate degree, preferably in Latin American Studies or in a related field such as Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Geography, History, International Studies, Political Science, Portuguese, Sociology, or Spanish, with a GPA of at least 3.0 is required. However, the admissions committee will consider applicants with an average lower than this minimum if the other elements of the application are strong.

Spanish proficiency at the advanced level as demonstrated by undergraduate course work, an oral interview, a standardized test, and/or life experience is also required.  In some cases, knowledge of Portuguese may replace the Spanish requirement, but those applicants should have at least reading knowledge of Spanish.

Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are only required for candidates with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0.

The following documents must be submitted for admission:

  • UNC Charlotte Graduate School online application form.
  • Official academic transcripts.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Evidence of proficiency in Spanish.
  • Three letters of recommendation on the UNC Charlotte recommendation form.
  • International students only: evidence of proficiency in English as well as the following UNC Charlotte forms: immigration status, statement of financial responsibility, and estimated expenses.

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