Latin American Studies and MGPS

Dual Degrees in Latin American Studies and Global Policy Studies

The LBJ School and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies offer a dual degree program combining advanced studies of globalization with a focus on the politics, economy and cultures of Latin America. Graduates should possess substantial career flexibility and attractiveness to prospective employers in government, private industry and the nonprofit sector.

Program Structure

Students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 70 semester hours of coursework, which includes:

Global Policy Studies 

  • 22 hours of required global policy core courses
  • 15 hours MGPS specialization
  • Summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program

Latin American Studies 

  • 15 hours of coursework with Latin American Studies content
  • 15 hours of coursework with Latin American policy content
  • 3 hours professional report under LAS 398R rubric, co-supervised by a faculty member from Latin American Studies and a faculty member from Global Policy Studies