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Personal Statement of Purpose for Graduate School in Latin American Studies, Master's MA, PHD

I wrote my own doctoral dissertation for the School of Religion and Social Ethics at the University of Southern California on the History of the Politics of Violence against Women in Central America. While originally from the United States, I have lived for almost 25 years in Latin America, first Mexico and then Central America. Now, for the last several years, I have made my home in Bolivia. Due to my extensive experience in Latin America, I feel strongly that I am uniquely qualified to help you with your statement for graduate study. This is especially true since I am a published historian in the area of Latin American Studies. Here is the link for my published work in the area of the Politics of Gender in Central America at the University of Costa Rica:

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Sample 1st Paragraph for Joint Degree Program: MA Latin American Studies, PHD IR

Few men from Africa end up making Latin America their home. The fact that I have now accompanied my wife of 2 years to her native Colombia for no less than 9 lengthy visits, adopting her home as my own, provides me with unique opportunities to become a voice for the developing world, the global south. While born in the USA and raised here for most of my life, I have also spent long periods of time, 2 years on one visit, back home in Africa, my parents having immigrated from Monrovia, Liberia shortly before I was born. With my roots in Africa and my destiny in Latin America, I hope to make my mark in the study of international relations with a special emphasis on the importance of enhancing solidarity, scholarly exchange, and economic collaboration between Africa and Latin America, comparative study and action, networking with governments, NGOs, and collaborating with the UN on projects as well.

The Humanitarian Side of Latin American Studies

According to one university website, you could become any of the following, although some of these jobs may require extra graduate education in a specific area:

  • Admissions counselor
  • Archivist
  • Business Manager          
  • Attorney (perhaps specializing in immigration, for example)
  • Civil service employee
  • Coordinator of international students
  • Customs/immigration officer
  • Employee relations specialist
  • Government agency administrator
  • Management consultant
  • Translator
  • Verbatim reporter  (United Nations)
  • College/University professor
  • Cultural affairs officer
  • Social worker
  • Tour guide

Working in Academia

When it comes to working in academia, passing on what you have learned during your education can be a fulfilling way to help others and earn a living. Many students with advanced degrees go on to become professors of Latin American Studies. In 2012, the Latin American Studies Association website showed more than 20 open academic positions – some of them in Latin American countries. These positions could really help you form a network of contacts for humanitarian projects or lead on to jobs in this area, once you´ve found the ideal location for you within Latin America. Completing advanced degrees in public policy or women´s studies could be a nice way to specialize, and gain specific skills to aid in your future humanitarian work.

Working Internationally

International agencies often look for people like you with a degree in this area because you understand the language and culture of the region deeply. Work as an international financial adviser or overseas representative could be available to you, or you could volunteer for the Peace Corps to gain initial practical experience and make you more employable. There are many NGOs that focus on improving the lives of Latin American people or improving the environment through social initiatives.

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is one example, dedicated to serving vulnerable people in Latin America through sustainable community development. The organization reached over 15 million people in the region in 2014. Volunteer with an organization like this, and you could qualify for an entry-level paid position. The best way to monitor opportunities is to look at each organization´s website´s career area. For example, PADF is currently advertising their need for technical specialists to work in Central America. They seek specialists in climate smart agriculture/climate change adaptation, agronomy, gender and inclusion, citizen security, etc.

Education, experience and other qualifications required include a bachelor´s degree in a relevant field (master´s degree preferred), proven technical expertise in area of specialization, 5 years´ program implementation experience in technical area of specialization, etc.                                                                  

Working in Public Service

Since law enforcement, family support agencies and schools often service people from a Latin American background, they really value employees with expertise in Latin American culture and language.


There´s no reason why you have to abandon Latin American Studies during your graduate study. There are plenty of dual degree programs out there.

Interested in going into nonprofit management? An MBA/MA in Business Administration and Latin American Studies like the one offered by San Diego State University, USA is a 3-year concurrent program leading to a double master´s degree that prepares you for a career in Latin America or the USA. There are core courses in statistical analysis, business economics, marketing, financial management, business strategy, plus seminars in international business finance, world business environment, international strategic management, and methodology of LA Studies. If you´re more into the idea of studying for a career in public administration, there´s an M.A./M.P.A. in Latin American Studies & Public Administration at the same university. Elective courses include city planning, criminal justice administration, public personnel and labor relations, and general public administration.