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Master of Public Affairs Dual Degree Programs - Latin American Studies and Public Affairs

Latin American Studies and Public Affairs

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) of The University of Texas at Austin offer a dual degree program leading to the Master of Public Affairs and the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. The program combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies, responding to an increased need in both public and private sectors for policy specialists with a thorough understanding of Latin American politics, cultures, geography, and history.

Program Structure

The dual degree program is structured in such a way that students can earn both master's degrees simultaneously in three academic years. Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all the requirements of the program. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in public affairs and 30 semester hours in Latin American studies, plus a master's professional report (3 hours) and summer internship. Although the program is flexible, students will generally take courses in both public affairs and Latin American studies every semester and take the internship in the summer between the second and third years. The curriculum includes the following:

Public Affairs

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project
  • 9 hours public affairs electives
  • Summer internship (in or related to Latin America)

Latin American Studies

  • 30 hours of coursework in Latin American studies, divided between courses with a Latin American public policy orientation and courses in Latin American history and culture
  • 3 hours professional report

Admissions and Other Information

The LBJ School Faculty Coordinator for the Public Affairs/Latin American Studies dual degree program is Professor Robert Wilson.
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