Masters of Science in MAS


Liliana Manriquez, former MS student

The MAS graduate curriculum is a dynamic course of study that has been developed to advance the understanding of the large Mexican American and Latino populations of the United States. Three strands of coursework are available: Latina/o Health and Wellness; Historical and Cultural Studies; and Critical Education & Migration Studies. The Master of Science in MAS is designed to be an applied degree; thirty-three units of credit are required for completion.


  • The priority deadline for Fall semester is January 15th (for domestic and international applicants). However, we also do rolling admissions for this program. Therefor, the final application dealine for Fall is April 15th and September 15th for Spring applicants.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work (last 60 units) is the minimum requirement for admission to our program.
  • Statement of Intent: (single-spaced, two-to-three pages) This statement should include professional plans, statement of interest in the M.S. program, and background in Mexican American Studies
  • Writing Sample: A 10-20 page scholarly paper that demonstrates your mastery of the subject and a clear, cogent writing style.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, preferably from former professors or professionals directly acquainted with your work and scholarship.
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume.
  • One Unofficial Transcript from each college you have attended.
  • GRE Scores: Optional. As of Fall 2021, we as a department have decided to waive the GRE scores as a requirment.
The department application is available through the Graduate College Application:
You will be asked to upload some items listed above to the online application.

All other materials should be mailed to:

Michelle Tellez, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
Department of Mexican American Studies
Cesar E. Chavez Building, #23; Room 228
P.O. Box 210023
Tucson, AZ. 85721-0023


-MAS Graduate Core Courses (18 Units)-

MAS 508 The Mexican American: Cultural Perspectives (3) Fall
MAS 509 Mexican Immigration (3) Spring
MAS 525 Latino Health Disparities (3) F
MAS 566 Decolonial Chicana Theory (3) F
MAS 580a Advanced Research Methods on Latinos (3) S
MAS Course based on student's specialization

-Electives Courses (9 Units; see MAS elective options below-)

-Thesis or Examination Option (6 Units)-

Thesis Option: MAS 910   Thesis (3-3) (Fall, Spring, & Summer)
Examination Option: 6 elective units 
MAS Elective Options
Latina/o Health and Wellness 
MAS 505 Traditional Indian Medicine: Health, Healing and Well Being
MAS 530 Latina/o Adolescence
MAS 535 Mexican Traditional Medicine: An Overview of Indigenous Curing Cultures (3)
ANTH 536a  Medical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 536b Ethnomedicine (3)
ANTH 571a Applied Medical Anthropology in Western Contexts (3)
ANTH 571b Applied Medical Anthropology in Western Contexts (3)
HPS 531 Contemporary Health Issues and Research (3)
HPS 535 Multicultural Health Beliefs (3)
PHPM 570 Issues and Trends in Pubic Health (3)
EPID 573a Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
BIOS 576a Biostatics in Public Health (3)
HPS 577 Social/Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
EPID 615a Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (3)
EPID 670 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)
PSY 507a Statistical Methods in Psychological Research (3)
PSY 564 Methods in Psychosocial Research (3)
PSY 584 Advanced Health Psychology (3)
PSY 597a Statistical Modeling for Psychological Research (3)
PSY 597d Program Evaluation (3)
SOC 516 Health, Ethics, and Public Policy (3)


Historical and Cultural 
MAS 585 Mexicana/Chicana Women’s History (3)
MAS 595g Public History in Mexican American Communities (3)
MAS 596N Hemispheric Indigenous Consciousness (3)
ANTH 583 Sociolinguistics (3)
ANTH 604 Power and Violence in Central America and Mexico (3)
ANTH 605 Qualitative Research Methods & Proposal Writing (3)
ANTH 613 Culture and Power (3)
HIST 546 History of Arizona and the Southwest (3)
HIST 552 American Ethnic History (3)
HIST 567 Contemporary Latin America (3)
HIST 695a Advanced Studies in U.S. History (3)
HIST 695b Advanced Studies in Latin American History (3)
HIST 696c Twentieth Century U.S. History (3)
HIST 696j Latin America: Modern Period (3)
POL 529 The U.S.-Mexican Borderlands in Comparative Perspective (3)
SPAN 574 Language in the Mexican American Experience (3)
GWS 503 Latina Feminisms in the Americas (3)
GWS 515 Chicana/o Literary & Historical Recovery Projects (3)


Critical Education and Migration Studies
MAS 565 Critical Race Theories for Policy and Practice (3)
MAS 570 The Feminization of Migration: Global Perspectives
MAS 575a Education of Latina/os (3)
LRC 504 Language and Culture in Education (3)
LRC 510 Foundation of Language Minority Education (3)
LRC 512 Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society (3)
LRC 514 Reading and Writing in Bilingual and Second Language Settings (3)
LRC 516 Structured English Foundations (3)
LRC 528 Curriculum and Instruction in Bilingual and Second Language Settings (3)
LRC 595E Anthropology and Education (3)
LRC 678 Contemporary American Indian Education and Research (3)
TTE 503 Teacher Leadership and School Change (3)
TTE 537 Equity in Schools and Society (3)
TTE 545 Curriculum Theory and Policy (3)
TTE 550 School Reform in America (3)

Thirty Three (33) units of credit are required for the degree.



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