The Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies requires completion, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, of at least 30 hours in approved graduate courses. These courses must include at least 18 credit hours which are only open to graduate students. No more than twelve semester hours may be taken for credit in the degree program at the 5000 level.

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in all LTAM graduate courses to remain in the program. As per the academic regulations of the UNC Charlotte Graduate School , one U or more than two grades of C in graduate coursework will lead to suspension in enrollment.

At the end of the program, students will display Spanish proficiency at the advanced level in speaking, reading, and writing.

Most students will complete the program in two to three years. University policy requires that no course listed on a master's student's candidacy form be older than six years at the time of graduation. Courses that exceed this time limit must be revalidated or retaken, whichever the graduate program decides necessary, if they are to count in a degree program.

Transfer Credit 
Early entry students can double count up to 9 credit hours.  In other words, up to 9 hours of graduate work may be "double counted" toward both the baccalaureate and graduate degrees.

Admission to Candidacy Requirements
An Admission to Candidacy form must be submitted during the semester preceding the one in which the student plans to complete the degree requirements, either by defending a thesis or taking a comprehensive examination.