Joint MPA or MPP & MA in Latina/o & Latin American Studies

Joint Graduate Degrees

Joint Masters Degree Program in Public Administration (MPA) or Public Policy (MPP) and Latino & Latin American Studies

The Department of Public Policy, in conjunction with El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, offers joint Masters degree programs in Public Administration (MPA) and Latina/o & Latin American Studies and Public Policy (MPP) and Latina/o & Latin American Studies.

The objective of the joint MPA/MPP and Latina/o & Latin American Studies degree programs is to prepare students with functional skills and knowledge in public administration and public policy and at the same time engage them in interdisciplinary study and research related to Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American worlds.

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9 credits of DPP coursework toward the MPA or MPP will be waived, with the Int’l Studies MA concentration in Latina/o and Latin American Studies (LLAS) providing in-depth specialization in lieu of the MPA or MPP “focus area.” Another 3 credits toward the MPA or MPP can be waived if PP 5370 Applied Research Design or another appropriate DPP methodology course is taken to satisfy the methods course requirement of the MA in Latina/o & Latin American Studies.

The LLAS MA thesis paper will be completed during or after the semester in which LLAS coursework is completed, which may be the Spring semester of year 2 or the Fall semester of year 3.

LLAS MA = 30 credits

MPA or MPP = 31 credits


Funding Opportunities:

Priority consideration for graduate stipends and tuition waivers at El Instituto will be given to students who apply to the International Studies Masters with a Concentration in Latina/o and Latin American Studies by February 1. Support through El Instituto is also competitively available for exploratory field research (typically done in the summer after year one in the Latina/o and Latin American Studies program). Support through the Department of Public Policy is also competitively available through a limited number of Graduate Assistantships (GAs). To be considered for a GA, please submit your application by February 15 and select “YES” in the online application to the question: “Applying for a GA/Fellowship?”


How to Apply:

Applicants must apply to both programs and be accepted by both programs to be eligible for this joint graduate degree:


Model Programs:

Joint MPA & MA in Latina/o & Latin American Studies Model Program

YEAR 1

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring
LLAS 5000 Seminar in Latin American Studies
(LLAS MA core seminar 1)
LLAS 5100 Comparative Transnational Latin(o) American History
(LLAS core seminar 2)
LLAS MA elective 1 LLAS MA elective 2
PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration PP 5370 Applied Research Design
(satisfies LLAS MA methods course requirement)
Total Credits = 12 Total Credits = 12
   
Year 1 Summer:
LLAS thesis research (optional)

YEAR 2

Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring
LLAS MA elective 3 LLAS elective 4
PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector LLAS elective 5
PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations PP 5365 Human Resource Management
Total Credits = 9 Total Credits = 9
   
Year 2 Summer:
Optional extension of LLAS MA thesis paper research/writing

YEAR 3

Year 3 Fall Year 3 Spring
LLAS 5890 Latin American Thesis Project PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
LLAS MA elective 6 PP 5372 Capstone Portfolio class (1 credit)
PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management PP 5390 Internship (6 credits)
Total Credits = 9 Total Credits = 10

Joint MPP & MA in Latina/o & Latin American Studies Model Program

YEAR 1

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring
LLAS 5000 Seminar in Latin American Studies
(LLAS MA core seminar 1)
LLAS 5100 Comparative Transnational Latin(o) American History
(LLAS core seminar 2)
LLAS MA elective 1 LLAS MA elective 2
PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods LLAS elective 3
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management
Total Credits = 12 Total Credits = 12
   
Year 1 Summer:
LLAS thesis research (optional)

YEAR 2

Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring
LLAS MA elective 4 LLAS elective 5
PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector OR PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations
PP 5370 Applied Research Design
(satisfies LLAS MA methods course requirement)
PP 5342 Policy Analysis
Total Credits = 9 Total Credits = 9
   
Year 2 Summer:
Optional extension of LLAS MA thesis paper research/writing

YEAR 3

Year 3 Fall Year 3 Spring
LLAS 5890 Latin American Thesis Project PP 5314 Causal Program Evaluation
LLAS MA elective 6 PP 5372 Capstone Portfolio class (1 credit)
PP 5347 Applied Policy Topics PP 5390 Internship (6 credits)
Total Credits = 9 Total Credits = 10