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Graduate Certificate

The Latina/o Studies Program offers a 12-credit hour Graduate Certificate focusing on the study of the Latina/o experience within the U.S. and in a transnational perspective. The Certificate in Latina/o Studies enables students who are already pursuing a doctoral, terminal masters, or professional degree at the University of Michigan to supplement their disciplinary training with concentrated inquiry in the field of Latina/o Studies. The Certificate Program is particularly useful to graduate students whose academic and career trajectories require area-focused knowledge and training.


Admissions will take place once a year. Applications are due on March 15 for the following semester.

Current or Admitted Rackham Students

Students who wish to enter the Latina/o Studies Certificate Program must submit an online  application that includes the following materials: 

  • A letter of application that explains the student’s interest in the program, background in Latina/o Studies, and other relevant preparation (for example, coursework that demonstrates an interest or research focus on Latina/o communities).

  • A list of proposed courses (or courses already completed) that fulfill the program requirements.

  • A current transcript demonstrating that the student has maintained at least a “B” average at his or her graduate or professional school (or at his or her undergraduate institution for entering students).

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.

Applicants will be evaluated by Latina/o Studies core faculty based on their preparation for, commitment to, and understanding of Latina/o Studies as evidenced in their letter of application, coursework plan, and letter of recommendation. Prime consideration will be given to those graduate students with strong academic records who anticipate integrating Latina/o Studies methods and topics into their future research and professional pursuits. Not all candidates will be admitted.

In addition, you will need to complete the Rackham Dual Degree Application if you are a current Rackham Graduate Student. The application fee is $10. See more information on Rackham’s website. Scroll down to “Dual Admission” to read more about the application process. 

If you are not a Rackham Graduate Student and are a U-M graduate student who is in a graduate program not affiliated with Rackham, e.g., law, medicine, or business will need to complete Rackham Graduate School’s application. The application fee is $75.

And you should also look over:

The Rackham Dual/Joint Degree Election Form. Note: this form is not needed for admission. It is only required that you submit it before you receive your LS certificate. However, it is a useful planning document.

Specific Course Requirements

All students are required to take the core Latina/o Studies graduate seminar (Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latina/o Studies), AMCULT 618/LATINOAM 618: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latiana/o Studies, which is offered yearly depending on student demand.

Beyond the required seminar, students  choose three additional courses or two additional courses plus an additional non-credit activity (such as an internship, practicum, research, professional project or similar experience) equivalent to at least a three-credit hour course to fit with a proposed theme of study such as Latina/os and HIV/AIDs, Latina/o Cultural Production, Latina/os, Environmental Justice, and Social Activism, and Latina/o Sexualities among others. The themed course of study model enables students to acquire a usable body of knowledge that could not otherwise be learned through existing disciplinary configurations at this university. Students will propose a list of graduate courses to fulfill requirements in consultation with the director of the Latina/o Studies Program. Students who are interested in pursuing a non-credit activity (internship, practicum, research, professional project or similar experience) equivalent to at least a three-credit hour course must identify a Latina/o Studies-affiliated faculty advisor, submit a proposal, and have it approved by the program director before completion of the activity.


Foreign Language Requirements:  None, though reading and writing competency in Spanish is preferable.

Final Examination:  None

Thesis Requirement: None 

Address Inquiries To: 

505 S. State Street, 3700 Haven Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045
(734) 763-1460