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How to Apply

Fall 2020 Deadline

Step 1. Apply to the Cal State Apply by March 2, 2020.

All applicants must fill out an online application on Cal State Apply and pay the required fee. A SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status online.

*Note the Cal State Apply application opens on October 1, 2019 and closes on November 30, 2019

Step 2. Submit Documents to Graduate Admissions by April 1, 2020.

Send official test scores and transcripts to Graduate Admissions. You can view full instructions on the Graduate Admissions webpage.

Plan ahead! No late scores will be accepted. GRE scores (and if applicable, TOEFL) must be sent directly from ETS - Institution Code: 4682

Send official transcripts to:
Graduate Admissions
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

Step 3. Complete Program Application by April 1, 2020.

Master of Arts (MA) in Latin American Studies, Master of Arts in LAS and Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in LAS and Master in Public Administration

Complete this step through the Interfolio application by April 1, 2020. 
Do not send documents directly to the department.

The MA, MA/MPA or MA/MBA Program applications require the following items:

  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended 
    These do not need to be sent directly from the colleges - photocopies are acceptable.
  • Copies of GRE (and if applicable, TOEFL) test scores
  • A statement of your research interests and professional goals
  • Three letters of reference
    • Applicant must provide names and email addresses for recommenders. Recommenders will be invited to complete the recommendation electronically.

Please note that the version of Interfolio used for the program application is called Faculty Search. The application consists of forms, document attachments, and confidential letters of recommendation. Refer to this Applicant Guide for step-by-step instructions for completing the Interfolio program application. 

You can also find updates, tips, and answers to FAQs here. If you have any technical issues completing this application, please contact Interfolio. For all other questions, please visit the program website for additional information.

Important Links


Dr. Ramona PĂ©rez
Director of CLAS
Office: AL-377H
Phone: (619) 594 1155
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Spring Hours TBD

Dr. Rebecca Bartel
Associate Director of CLAS
Office: AL-665
Phone: (619) 594-2342
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Spring Hours TBD

Master of Arts in LAS and Master in Public Health

Complete this step through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application by February 15, 2020.

  • Your application information will be shared with the SDSU Department of Latin American Studies through SOPHAS. Do not apply to the Department of Latin American Studies separately.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact Brenda Fass-Holmes, School of Public Health Admissions Coordinator, by email [email protected] or phone (619) 594-4492.

International students
should visit the International Student Center website for specific application requirements for admission.