Joint and Combined Degree Programs

In addition to the Master of Arts degree, FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center offers two joint-degree programs: the MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/JD with the College of Law and the MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/MBA with the College of Business Administration; and three combined-degree programs including the MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/PhD in Political Science, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/PhD in International Relations and the MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/PhD in History with the Departments of Politics and International Relations and History respectively. LACC also administers a partnership-degree program with the Joint Forces Staff College. Such programs enable students to receive two degrees simultaneously in substantially less time than would be required to earn each degree individually.

MALACS/JD and MALACS/MBA Joint-Degree Programs

Joint-degree programs between LACC and the FIU College of Law and LACC and the FIU College of Business Administration allows students to pursue a Juris Doctor (JD) and a MALACS degree or a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a MALACS degree. Students pursuing a joint-degree must meet the entrance requirements for both the MALACS degree and the JD or the MBA degree. Twelve approved credits from the law or business school may be counted towards the MALACS degree and will constitute a MALACS concentration in International and Comparative Law or a concentration in International Business respectively. Twelve approved credits from the MALACS program will be counted towards the law or the business school requirements. All additional JD, MBA, or MALACS degree requirements must be met. Additional information on the joint-degree programs is available upon request from the LACC’s Academic Programs staff.

Combined MALACS/PhD in Political Science & Combined MALACS/PhD in International Relations

The Combined Latin American and Caribbean Studies MA/Political Science PhD program and the Combined Latin American and Caribbean Studies MA/International Relations PhD program allow qualified students to pursue graduate degrees simultaneously rather than sequentially. To be accepted into the combined degree program, students must meet the admission requirements for both the MA and PhD program of his/her choice and submit applications to the MALACS program, as well as either the PhD in Political Science or the PhD in International Relations. By taking core requirements in both MALACS and Political Science or International Relations, students develop expertise in methods, theory and area studies, while benefiting from exposure to an interdisciplinary course of study. Graduates of this program are highly competitive for careers in academia, diplomacy, government, public policy, development and public relations.

Combined MALACS/PhD in History

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Department of History combined degree allows students with an interest in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and in the discipline of History to enroll simultaneously in both programs and to count 36 credits of coursework toward fulfillment of the requirements for both graduate degrees. Essential criteria relating to the degree programs are outlined below.

This program provides qualified students an opportunity to pursue advanced training in History, as well as provide area studies expertise in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. The program helps to further a student’s competitiveness within the global marketplace by increasing their disciplinary versatility while broadening their knowledge of a vast and diverse region. The combined program is also economically appealing because it allows students to complete two degrees in less time than if the degrees were to be pursued sequentially and provides more scholarship opportunities for MALACS students.

MALACS/Joint Forces Staff College Partnership-Degree Program

An agreement between FIU and the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) of the National Defense University, allows JFSC graduates to apply 15 approved JFSC credits towards the MALACS degree. Eligible students will receive a MALACS concentration in Security Studies. Students wishing to take advantage of this partnership must be accepted into the MALACS program. Once accepted, students are required to take 15 credit hours of approved MALACS courses, including: LAS 6003, LAS 6930, and three additional elective courses in at least two other areas other than Security Studies. JFSC students must also complete one of the MALACS exit options (6 credit hours) and meet the MALACS language proficiency requirements.

MALACS/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Partnership-Degree Program

An agreement between FIU and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) allows WHINSEC graduates to apply 15 approved WHINSEC credits toward the MALACS degree. Eligible students will receive a MALACS concentration in Foreign Policy and Security Studies. Students wishing to take advantage of this partnership must be accepted into the MALACS program. Once accepted, students are required to take 15 credit hours of approved MALACS courses (5 classes): a research methods class, LAS 6003, LAS 6930, and two breadth courses in at least two MALACS concentrations other than Security Studies. WHINSEC students must also complete one of the MALACS exit options (6 credit hours) and meet the MALACS language proficiency requirements.