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 four 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, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/PhD in History, and MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/PhD in Global and Sociocultural Studies with the Departments of Politics and International Relations, History, and Global and Sociocultural Studies 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 pathway
Joint-degree pathway 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 pathway 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 pathway 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 degree pathway 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 pathway , 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 combined degree pathway are highly competitive for careers in academia, diplomacy, government, public policy, development and public relations. MA/International Relations PhD, MA/Political Science PhD
Combined MALACS/PhD in History
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Department of History combined degree pathway 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 30 credits of coursework toward fulfillment of the requirements for both graduate degrees. Essential criteria relating to the degree programs are outlined below.
This degree pathway 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 combined degree pathway 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 degree pathway 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.
Combined MALACS/PhD in Global and Sociocultural Studies
The combined Latin American and Caribbean Studies M.A. (MALACS)/Global & Sociocultural Studies Ph.D. degree pathway allows qualified graduate students to pursue both degrees at the same time. Students can develop an expertise in Latin American and Caribbean Studies while progressing towards a Ph.D. in one of the three majors in the Global and Sociocultural Studies Ph.D.: geography, sociology, or anthropology.