In conjunction with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the LBJ School offers a dual degree with MPAff that combines policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies. The dual degree option responds 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.
The program is structured so that students can earn the degrees simultaneously in approximately 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. The two degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 hours in public affairs and 30 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 between the second and third years. The curriculum includes:
- 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 Latin American Studies coursework, divided between courses with a Latin American public policy orientation and courses in Latin American history and culture
- 3 hours professional report