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Master of Global Policy Studies Dual Degree Programs - MGPS and Latin American Studies

MGPS Dual Degree with Latin American Studies

The LBJ School and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree and the Master of Arts (MA) in Latin American Studies. The dual degree combines advanced studies of globalization with a focus on the politics, economy, and cultures of Latin America. Graduates should possess substantial career flexibility and attractiveness to prospective employers in government, private industry, and the nonprofit sector.

Program Structure

Students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed. Students in the dual degree program take the following courses, which total 70 credit hours of work:

Global Policy Studies

  • The Global Policy Studies core courses (22 hours): Policymaking in a Global Age, Microeconomics, The Nature of the International System, Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies, International Economics, Policy Research Project, and Crisis Management.
  • An MGPS specialization (15 hours) chosen from Security, Law, and Diplomacy; International Trade and Finance; Development; Global Governance and International Law; International Energy, Environment, and Technology; Regional International Policy; or a student-initiated specialization. Specialization courses should be selected based on their relationship to the overall dual-degree program, as agreed with the Graduate Adviser.
  • Summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program.

Latin American Studies

  • Fifteen (15) hours of course work with Latin American Studies content
  • Fifteen (15) hours of course work with Latin American policy content
  • Three (3) hours for a professional report under the LAS 398R rubric. The report will be co-supervised by a faculty member from Latin American Studies and a faculty member from Global Policy Studies.
Additional Information

Students interested in the MGPS / LAS dual degree program should consult the web pages of both component programs.

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Master of Global Policy Studies - LBJ School of Public Affairs