The University of the Americas (UDLA) started Mexico's first master's degree program in United States studies in 1987. Though the program has only six graduates, 20 students are now enrolled. The program is designed to prepare graduates for PhD level studies at a US university or to be able to consult in private or public sector on US policy. The ability to read, write, and speak English is a prerequisite.
The following courses are completed in the first year:
US History 1 and 2
US Government and Political Process
US Economic History
US Ideology and Thinking
US Society 1 and 2
US Foreign Policy
North American Economy
US Scientific and Technological Development
Candidates then select a major and minor area of specialization. They must complete research projects relating to these two areas and complete a master's thesis in the major area of specialization.