Application Information and Deadlines


In addition to holding the baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by SACS or another regional accrediting body, the applicant for admission to the Graduate School should have the prerequisite coursework required by the program. In general, those applying for graduate admission should have achieved an overall average grade of "B" or better (3.0 G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale). International students will be required to give evidence of adequate knowledge of English through a TOEFL or IELTS test score.

Applicants must also complete/provide:

  1. The online application form
  2. Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate
  3. The official score report of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) - all applicants must submit recent (within five years) GRE scores.
  4. International applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.
  5. A resume or curriculum vitae and a statement of purpose (submitted through the online application system)
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation (submitted online through the recommendation system in the application.)
  7. Application fee of $85.
  8. Applicants interested in fellowship opportunities should complete the Application for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships and return it to William Pestle, at

Official transcripts, GRE score reports, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable) should be mailed to:

Dr. William Pestle

Latin American Studies Program

University of Miami

P.O. Box 248106

Coral Gables, Florida,  33124-2005

All international students who have been admitted to a program of full-time study at the University of Miami need to enter the U.S. on a student visa. To apply for an F-1 visa, you must provide the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with a Form I-20 or DS-2019, passport, statement of funds, and other documents as required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website at for further information regarding visas, travel, pre-arrival information, etc. The Form I-20 or DS-2019 can only be issued after you have been admitted and have submitted proof of adequate financial support for your studies and living expenses. For questions regarding issuance of the Form I-20 or DS-2019, please contact your individual department.