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Graduate Certificate in Mexican American Studies

Basic Certificate Information

The Graduate Certificate in Mexican American Studies is a year-long 12-semester-credit-hour graduate certificate program. The Mexican American Studies certificate offers specialized training for educators, who wish to become better prepared to teach Mexican American Studies in public schools. The goal is to provide graduate students with a comprehensive educational foundation for meeting state educational needs to enhance the teaching and learning of Mexican American Studies content areas in social studies and fine arts in secondary schools. For those who want to teach community college courses or dual credit courses, 6 extra graduate hours are needed to fulfill the 18 hours as required by the SACSCOC’s accreditation. 

The program is available to students who have been admitted as special graduate students seeking the certificate independent of a degree, as well as graduate students pursuing an M.A. degree in Bicultural Studies, an M.A. degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Education, and an MA in History.


Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Students will be accepted to participate in the graduate certificate if they have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their current graduate program at UTSA or, for new graduate students, if they maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of their previous program of study.

Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet certificate program regulations.
 Application A completed Graduate School application, unless currently enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation Not required.
 Statement of Purpose Not Required.
 Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other Applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities or the Educational Field.


Contact Information

Certificate Advisor: Lilliana Saldana, Ph.D.

Email Addresses:

Telephone: 210-458-2632


Student Development Specialist: Eric Uriegas

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Telephone: 210-458-6619