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Pre–Fall 2013 Requirements

If you began the M.L.S. / M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies before fall 2013, you have different requirements.
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M.L.S. / M.A. in Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Area expertise and the ability to navigate many kinds of information are a powerful combination. That’s what you get in the dual Master of Library Science / Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The program prepares you for careers at academic and public libraries, universities, corporations, archives, digital collections, nonprofits, and governments. And it requires that you have reading proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language of Latin America and the Caribbean—another plus for your career.

You’ll also earn two degrees in fewer credit hours—and less time—than it would take to earn them separately.

IU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers the M.A.

How to Apply

You must apply for admission to—and meet the admission requirements for—both programs. See our program’s information for domestic students and international students.

Requirements (Minimum of 51 Credit Hours)

M.L.S. Foundation Requirements (18 cr.)

MLS digital literacy requirement.

Complete one course from each of the foundation areas below.

Approach professional issues with understanding (3 cr.)
Assist and educate users, and develop and manage collections of information resources (3 cr.)
Represent and organize information resources (3 cr.)
Manage and lead libraries and other information organizations (3 cr.)
Use research effectively (3 cr.)
Deploy information technologies in effective and innovative ways (3 cr.): Courses in this list that are also M.I.S. requirements can count for both requirements.

Additional M.L.S. Requirements (9 cr.)

M.L.S. Electives (3 cr.)

Choose from information and library science courses.

M.A. Requirements (21 cr.)

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides information about the M.A. requirements.


You will graduate after you finish both degrees—the degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Tuition Rates

Different Indiana University schools charge different graduate tuition rates. For dual degrees, you will be coded in one of the two schools and pay that school’s tuition rate. To switch to the other school’s tuition rate, contact that department’s recorder as you near the halfway point in your program.

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