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Certificate of Advanced Study in Latin American/Caribbean Studies

Students who complete 12 credits of course work related to Latin America and the Caribbean can receive a Certificate of Advanced Study recognized by the State of New York.  For a course to be eligible for this Certificate, the PLACA director must agree that its Latin American and Caribbean content is at least 50% of the overall course content.


Obtaining The Certificate:  

Interested students are encouraged to interact with the Director of the Certificate Program early in their tenure to develop a program of study. Once you are approved, you will need to fill out several forms such as the Graduate School’s Internal Admission form to enroll in the program. 

In order to receive the certificate, students must complete the 12-credit hours of coursework and earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in these courses and successfully complete the degree program in their primary field.

Administrative Steps:

Two forms must be filled out and delivered to Amy Marsden, the certificate’s administrative coordinator, to complete this application stage:

  1. Students who have been pre-approved by the Director of the Certificate Program should complete the Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application form to receive admission to the program. Once completed, the form should be submitted to Ms. Amy Marsden at the Moynihan Institute (346 Eggers Hall) who will sign for the Advanced Study in the Latin American/Caribbean Studies Program and pass it on to the Graduate Admissions office (621 Skytop Road, Suite 160). Please note that the “Program Code” for the certificate in is LA04C.
  2. The Program of Study Form has to be signed by the student’s advisor and by Professor Margaret G. Hermann (345 Eggers Hall) who is the Program Director. The Program of Study will be held by Ms. Amy Marsden until all the requirements for the certificate (twelve credits) are complete. Ms. Marsden will submit this form to the Graduate School (207 Bowne Hall) in a timely manner before the student's expected graduation date so that the documents and information can be gathered as the graduation date approaches.

Please also remember that a Graduate Diploma Request Form must be completed through MySlice during the semester the student will graduate. Students must complete a separate form for each of their degree programs as each results in its own degree date and diploma.

The Dates and Deadlines form provides specific deadlines by which forms must be complete.

Graduation Deadlines

The Director will recommend granting the Certificate to students who have met all of the requirements (while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all classes taken toward it) and who are in good standing in their graduate school or department.