Program Application

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission (International Applicants) February 15
Fall Admission (US Applicants) March 21
Spring Admission (International Applicants) August 1
Spring Admission (US Applicants) October 1

If you would like to be considered for the 2017-2018 Academic Year FLAS Fellowship, please submit the FLAS application by February 10, 2017.

If you would like to be considered for the Central American Security and Drug Policy (CASAD) Scholarship, please indicate your interest within your application's personal statement.

Application Info: Domestic Students

1. Application forms and fee:

  • University Graduate School: To begin your online application, click here to create an account. Please remember your Panther ID and password for future use. This 7 digit ID replaces your Social Security number for identification purposes during your academic career at FIU and must be included in all correspondence. The application fee is $30.00 and most major credit cards are accepted. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Florida International University (no VISA).

2. Please send to the University Graduate School within your online application:

  • Official transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate programs. The minimum requirements are a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for the last two years of undergraduate work or post-baccalaureate study;
  • Official GRE verbal and quantitative scores, sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The University Graduate School’s current requirement is a minimum of 1000 combined verbal and quantitative score on the GRE or equivalent on the GMAT, EXADEP or LSAT.
  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English: TOEFL or IELTS scores, sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum requirement is a total score of 80 on the IBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version of TOEFL) or a total score of 6.3 on IELTS.

3. Please attach as supporting documents within the online application:

  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from professors (no specific format is required).
  • Statement of purpose (maximum of two single-spaced pages): describing your research interests; reasons for seeking an M.A; career goals; academic and relevant non-academic accomplishments and experience; reasons for applying to our program; the names of departmental (and, if appropriate, other university) faculty members with whom you wish to study. Please also indicate if you seek admission together with a teaching assistantship or other available fellowship such as the FLAS Fellowship or CASAD Scholarship.
  • Official, sealed academic transcript (s) of undergraduate degree sent directly to the LACC from the awarding institution
  • Optional writing samples: course papers, thesis chapters, or other pertinent examples of your writing and analytical abilities.

If you are unable to attach supporting documents, please send them directly to the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Academic Programs, Graduate Admissions Committee.

Please feel free to contact any of us—faculty, staff, and graduate students—for information about our program.

Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center
Academic Programs
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2894
Fax: (305) 348-3593
Email: MALACS@fiu.edu

Application Information for International Students

Applicants must contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for information regarding all immigration and FIU general requirements.

In addition to the general admission requirements listed above for domestic students, international students must also meet the criteria of one of the preferred exams below instead of the GRE, as well as demonstrate language proficiency.

Entrance Exams

  • Official GRE verbal and quantitative scores, sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The University Graduate School’s current requirement is a minimum of 1000 combined verbal and quantitative score on the GRE or equivalent on the GMAT, EXADEP or LSAT.

Language Proficiency

  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English: TOEFL or IELTS scores, sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum requirement is a total score of 80 on the IBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version of TOEFL) or a total score of 6.3 on IELTS.

Application Checklist: Additional documents for international students submitted to FIU Office of Graduate Admissions

  • Declaration of Certification of Finances (DCF)
  • A bank letter (for samples, contact ISSS at isss@fiu.edu or call 305-348-2421)
  • A sponsor letter, if applicable (for samples, contact ISSS at isss@fiu.edu or call 305-348-2421)
  • F-1 transfer, if you already have an F-1 Visa
  • A photocopy of your diploma in the native language sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Official transcripts in the native language sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the forwarding institution
  • Official translation of transcripts sent to Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Proof of medical insurance that complies with FIU standards for student health insurance if you waive access to FIU health insurance. For information, contact FIU Student Health Services
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from Educational Testing Services to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Entrance Exam Score

Submit above to:

  • FIU Office of Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 659004
    Miami, Florida 33265-0904
    Phone: 305-348-7442
    Email: gradadm@fiu.edu

Submit copies to:

  • Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center
    Academic Programs, Graduate Admissions Committee
    Florida International University
    Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353
    Miami, Florida 33199

Helpful websites: http://isss.fiu.edu/forms.htm and http://isss.fiu.edu/f1faq.htm